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2017 is a special year -it is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and this Fall, Messiah is going to be remembering the legacy of the Reformation through a special series based on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism called ‘Are You Smarter Than an 8th Grader?’ 


 

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 The Catechism

In the church today we often associate Luther’s Small Catechism with Confirmation because it’s about the only place that we see it openly used.  We use Luther’s Small Catechism in Confirmation because it does such a good job of summarizing the basic teachings of Christianity.  In his 1528 Preface to the Catechism, Luther reminds us that the Catechism “contains the minimum of knowledge that a Christian should have.” 

Although Luther’s Catechism is commonly used by churches and their pastors to teach the faith, that was not its only intended purpose.  Most sections of the Catechism begin with the following phrase: “As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.”  One of the great legacies of the Reformation was getting God’s Word into the hands of everyone, and not just the pastors and priests.  For Luther, Christian education started in the home.  That is why he wrote the Catechism in a simple straightforward way. He wanted a book that any parent could learn, regardless of their theological background, and then use to teach the faith to their household. 

Your Household

This Fall, Messiah will have a Small Catechism available for every household.   We will also equip you with this reading guide that will have short daily readings from the Catechism or related Bible verses, and questions that you can use for personal reflection or discussion with your family.  In addition to having print copies available, the daily readings can also be found here (above on the right side of this page).  An free digital copy of the Catechism is also available in the App Store.

In his 1530 Preface to the Catechism, Luther talked about how studying the Catechism can be a great blessing to families, saying: “If they show such diligence, I can promise them – and they themselves will experience – that they will reap a harvest and that God will make fine persons of them, persons who in time will make the excellent confession that the longer they use the Catechism, the less they know of it and the more they have to learn.”  

 

Even though Luther wrote the Catechism, he still read it on a daily basis and he constantly gained new insights.  I am excited to walk alongside the people of Messiah this Fall as we remember the Reformation and do the same.

Rev. Chris Kollmann                                                                                
Associate Pastor – Messiah Lutheran