Catechism lesson 36: Respect for human life (LD 40)

Because all humans are created in the image of God, we must respect them and protect their life as much as our own. LD 40 q&a 105. What does God require in the sixth commandment? I am not to dishonour, hate, injure, or kill my neighbourby thoughts, words, or gestures,and much less by deeds,whether personally … Continue reading Catechism lesson 36: Respect for human life (LD 40)

Catechism lesson 35: Respect for authority (LD 39)

We owe parents and other authority figures respect, because God has created and appointed our social relationships. LD 39 q&a 104. What does God requirein the fifth commandment? That I show all honour, love, and faithfulnessto my father and motherand to all those in authority over me,submit myself with due obedienceto their good instruction and … Continue reading Catechism lesson 35: Respect for authority (LD 39)

Catechism lesson 34: The Lord’s Day (LD 38)

As people belonging to the Jesus Christ, we must worship him regularly together with other believers. This is a reminder and a picture of the spiritual rest he is giving us. LD 38 q&a 103 What does God requirein the fourth commandment? First,that the ministry of the gospeland the schools be maintainedand that, especially on … Continue reading Catechism lesson 34: The Lord’s Day (LD 38)

Catechism Lesson 32: True Worship (LD 34b, 35)

In our worship and all of our life, God wants us to be loyal to him alone. LD 34 q&a 94. What does the LORD require in the first commandment? That for the sake of my very salvationI avoid and fleeall idolatry, witchcraft, superstition,and prayer to saints or to other creatures. Further,that I rightly come … Continue reading Catechism Lesson 32: True Worship (LD 34b, 35)

Catechism lesson 30: Renewal and holiness (LD 32, 33)

A Christian is not only saved by the death of Jesus, but will also live the new life of Jesus. He/she has a new identity, characterized by thankfulness and good works. LD 32 q&a 86. Since we have been deliveredfrom our miseryby grace alone through Christ,without any merit of our own,why must we yet do … Continue reading Catechism lesson 30: Renewal and holiness (LD 32, 33)

Catechism lesson 29: The keys of the kingdom (LD 31)

The kingdom of God is open to believers and closed to unbelievers. In the life of the church, the opening and closing happens through the preaching of the gospel and church discipline. LD 31 q&a 83. What are the keys of the kingdom of heaven? The preaching of the holy gospeland church discipline. By these … Continue reading Catechism lesson 29: The keys of the kingdom (LD 31)

Catechism lesson 28: The Lord’s Supper (LD 28-30)

In the Lord's supper, we show and experience that Jesus himself is the food and drink that keeps us alive. LD 28 q&a 75. How does the Lord's suppersignify and seal to youthat you share inChrist's one sacrifice on the crossand in all his gifts? In this way:Christ has commanded me and all believersto eat … Continue reading Catechism lesson 28: The Lord’s Supper (LD 28-30)

Catechism lesson 27: Infant baptism (LD 27b)

Because children of believers also belong to God's covenant, they should be baptized. LD 27 q&a 74. Should infants, too, be baptized? Yes. Infants as well as adultsbelong to God's covenant and congregation. Through Christ's bloodthe redemption from sinand the Holy Spirit, who works faithare promised to themno less than to adults. Therefore, by baptism, … Continue reading Catechism lesson 27: Infant baptism (LD 27b)