In 1529 Luther wrote the Large Catechism for pastors and then the Small Catechism for parents to teach their children the basic and most important parts of the Christian faith. In the preface of the Large Catechism he wrote, “Every morning, and whenever else I have time, I read and recite word for word the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Psalms, etc. I must still read and study the Catechism daily, yet I cannot master it as I wish, but must remain a child and pupil of the Catechism, and I do it gladly.”
Luther also wrote, “Nothing is so effectual against the devil, the world, the flesh, and all evil thoughts as to occupy oneself with the Word of God”. Therefore I invite you to find your catechism and study it with me during this Lenten season. There is also a free App on your Iphone App store. Just search for Luther’s Small Catechism (Publishing House ELCA). I find it handy to use myself.
I will preach through the Catechism during the five Sundays of our Lenten season. We will study the 10 commandments, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Consider this an opportunity to grow deeper in faith and love for Jesus Christ and God the Father!
Lately I need to be reminded that God’s Word is the source of our strength and gives us courage to remain faithful to Christ, especially when facing hardship and uncertainty. The strength of Luther’s Catechism is that it is a summary of God’s Word. Proverbs 4:23 says it in a simple yet powerful way, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. “