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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 39

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From the Word: But thanks be to God, that once servants of sin, you conform from the heart to that standard of teaching in which you are delivered. (Romans 6:17)

From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Preface

The reason we exercise such diligence in preaching the Catechism repeatedly is to instill it in our youth, not in a condescending and clever manner, but briefly and with great simplicity, so that it may enter their minds readily and deeply, and so, remain fixed in their memories.

Therefore, we will now take up the above-mentioned parts, one by one, and in the plainest way possible, say as much as is necessary about them.

Pulling It Together: This is the whole point of the Catechism: to instill a standard of teaching to which our hearts may be conformed and confirmed. Then at all points in life, good times, bad, and worse, the Spirit may remind us that there is something — someone — at work within us. The indwelling Word (Col 3:16) thereby, comforts us and reassures us that God is greater than the troubles of this life, grander than death, stronger than the devil, and tougher than our sin.

Prayer: Hammer into my heart, O Spirit of Christ, the blessedness of your teachings. Amen.

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