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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 36

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From the Word: Even so, it is not the will of your Father, the one in heaven, that one of these little children should perish. (Matthew 18:14)

From the Confessions: The Large Catechism, Preface

Now, we have, in all, five parts of the entire Christian doctrine which we should constantly discuss and require children to recite word for word. Do not expect them to learn and remember these things from sermons alone.

Pulling It Together: If left to themselves, it is obvious enough, that we leave our children to the world and the rulers of the darkness of this time (Eph 6:12–13). So, we must teach our children to take up the armor of God (ibid), especially to fortify themselves with the Word and prayer. This must be a diligent effort, one in which they are assisted by parents, pastors, and teachers. Left to their own discipline, only a few will take on the program. We must coach them, pushing them to learn the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Creed, and as well, to understand the meaning of the Sacraments. In doing so, we gift them with Law and Gospel, preparing them for anything the world and its devil may throw at them.

Prayer: Give me the creative courage, Lord, to both learn and teach your Word. Amen.

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