The Small Catechism – part 57

Scripture Text: Proverbs 23:20

Our parents are God’s agents to and for us. They are meant to be his blessed envoys, graciously given to us by God so that we may begin our education in the catechism.

The Small Catechism – part 56

Scripture Text: Colossians 3:20

Even Jesus honored his parents with submissive behavior. This pleased his mother, and it pleases the Father when we follow the Lord’s example by being obedient to our parents.

The Small Catechism – part 55

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 4:15–16

They say that imitation is the sincerest or best form of flattery. That must be very true for parents. It is satisfying and rewarding when children reproduce their parents’ good character and conduct.

The Small Catechism – part 53

Scripture Text: Ephesians 6:1–3

Seems right; if I did not respect my dad, he might have killed me! When he got out that paddle, I had cause to wonder. However, this is hardly what the Fourth Commandment means.

The Small Catechism – part 49

Scripture Text: Romans 6:3–5

The Sabbath of the old covenant observed God’s completion of creation. The Sabbath of the new covenant celebrates recreation—that people are recreated, or born again, through faith in Christ.

The Small Catechism – part 48

Scripture Text: 2 Timothy 3:16–17

What do you depend upon for religious education, for correction or downright reprimand, and for training in virtue? What is it that governs your maturity in the Christian faith? Your opinions? TV shows? Newspapers? Social media?

The Small Catechism – part 47

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 4:13

The reading of Scripture to the congregation is vital. Indeed, the use of Scripture throughout the liturgy is central to our worship. But why is this the case?

The Small Catechism – part 45

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:21

It is the Word of God received in faith that makes one holy. The preaching of that Word is vital, whether it is a lector reading the Word aloud, a pastor proclaiming it from a pulpit, or the Holy Spirit speaking through a printed Bible or app.

The Small Catechism – part 44

Scripture Text: John 17:17

When we gather around the Word of God, we are separated from the world for a while. For the moment, we are devoted only to God. This is one major way that we keep the Third Commandment.

The Small Catechism – part 43

Scripture Text: Matthew 15:10–11, 18–20

But the Sabbath is a Saturday, not a Sunday, you may argue. Yes, the Jewish Sabbath was Saturday; actually, it was Friday evening until Saturday evening.

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