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 Week  
  ONE

Week 1 – Love the Lord Your God

Commandments 1-3 

Luther’s Small Catechism is divided into Six Chief Parts. These 6 Chief Parts are central teachings of the church. This week and next, we will explore the First Chief Part, the Ten Commandments.  As we read and reflect on the Ten Commandments, which God gave to Moses and the people of Israel on Mount Sinai, we realize how we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s expectations.  We also learn that because of that sin, we need a Savior. 

The Ten Commandments are divided into two sections.  Commandments 1-3 primarily deal with our relationship with God, while Commandments 4-10 focus on our relationships with our neighbors.  We will also read through some parts of Luther’s Table of Duties, which fit in well with the themes of the Ten Commandments.

 

September 11th, 2017 – The First Commandment and Explanation (p2)

  • Do you know anyone who worships a different god?  If so, who/what do they worship?
  • What are the three things you think about the most during the day when you are bored or have nothing to do? 
  • How do you think Christians can strike a balance between ‘good things’ and making those good things into ‘gods’?

September 12th, 2017 – The Second and Third Commandments and Explanations

  • Describe a time when you saw someone say ‘Oh my God’ or “OMG.” Do you think they are actually trying to talk to God? Why or why not?
  • What are some things/activities that get in the way of going to church regularly?
  • How often do you think Christians should go to church? Explain 

September 13th, 2017 – Mark 12:28-34 – Love the Lord your God

  • In our reading for today, Jesus mentions two commandments, neither of which are part of the ‘Ten Commandments.’  How do you see Jesus’ command to ‘Love the Lord your God’ reflected in Commandments 1-3?
  • It has been said that when we break any of the commandments, we also break the First Commandment.  How is this the case?

September 14th, 2017 – The Fourth Commandment and Explanation (p3),
                                          ‘To Parents,’ ‘To Children’ (Table of Duties, p29-30)

  • What are some ways that children can honor their parents, even when they are in the middle of a conflict with them?

September 15th, 2017 – ‘Of Civil Government’ (Table of Duties p27-28)

  • Christians are called to respect the authority of the government, even if it is not a ‘Christian’ government. What challenges might this present to Christians, both in the United States, and throughout the world?
  • When Christians disagree with something that the government or its leaders do, how might they respond, while still keeping the 4th Commandment?

September 16th, 2017 – ‘Of Citizens’ (Table of Duties p28-29)

  • What benefits do you see to always praying for your current leaders, regardless of whether or not you agree with the things they are doing?

September 17th, 2017 – ‘To Workers,’ ‘To Employers,’ ‘To Youth,’ ‘To Widows,’
                                          ‘To Everyone’ (Table of Duties, p30-31)

  • Identify a few examples of where the 4th Commandment is found here.
  • How do Commandments 4-10 fit in with Jesus’ command to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself?’

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