Category Archives: Pastoral Catechesis

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 4b — Confession and Keys

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism.

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Part 4b – Confession and Keys

Nathan confronts David about his sins (2 Samuel 12:1-22)
David confesses (Psalm 51)
John preaches repentance (Matthew 3:1-12)
Jesus preaches repentance (Matthew 4:12-17)
The prodigal son confesses (Luke 15:17-24)
The tax collector confesses (Luke 18;9-14)
I will give you the keys of the kingdom (Mathew 16:13-21)
Jesus gives the Church power to forgive sin (John 20:19-23)
If your brother sins against you (Matthew 18:15-19)
An excommunicated person is reinstated (2 Corinthians 2:5-11)
O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger (Psalm 6)
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven (Psalm 32)
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD (Psalm 130)

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 4a — Baptism

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Part 4a – Baptism

God saves Noah through the flood waters (Genesis 7:17-8:19)
Moses is drawn from the water (Exodus 2:1-10)
Baptism in the cloud and in the sea (Exodus 14:9-3; 1 Corinthians 10:1)
God’s covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:1-14)
Water and the Word cleanse Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-16)
John preaches baptism of repentance for remission of sins (Mark 1:4-8)
The baptism of John and Jesus (John 1:19-34)
The Trinity in Baptism (Luke 3:21-22)
New birth from above by water and the Spirit (John 3:1-15)
Jesus blesses little children and infants (Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17)
John the Baptist filled with the Holy Spirit before and from birth (Luke 1:15, 41-44)
Ceremonial washing of the Pharisees (Mark 7:3-4)
Jesus commands and promises Baptism (Matthew 28:18-20)
The apostles preach repentance and Baptism on Pentecost (Acts 2:38-39)
Ananias teaches Paul to wash away his sins in Baptism (Acts 22:12-16)
The Ethiopian is instructed and baptized (Acts 8:26-39)
The jailer is instructed and baptized (Acts 16:19-34)
Buried and raised with Christ in Baptism (Romans 6:1-11)

 

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 3 — The Lord’s Prayer

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Part 3 – The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer in General

Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11, 1-13)
And when you pray (Matthew 6:5-15)
Ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7-12, Luke 11:9-13)
The Canaanite woman prays for her daughter (Matthew 15:21-28)
Praying in Jesus’ name (John 16:23-27)
The leper’s request and thanksgiving (Luke 17:11-19)
The request of the mother of James and John (Matthew 20:20-23)
Abraham prays for Sodom (Genesis 18:23-32)
Solomon prays for wisdom (1 Kings 3:5-14)
Paul prays about the thorn in his flesh (2 Corinthians 12:1-9)
The widow persists in prayer (Luke 18:1-8)
Jesus prays for believers (John 17)

Our Father who art in heaven

I bow my knees to the Father (Ephesians (3:14-20)
Elijah and the priests of Baal pray to different gods (1 Kings 18:25-29, 36-39)
The people of Lystra would sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas (Acts 14:8-18)

The First Petition
Hallowed by Thy Name

Solomon prays at dedication of the temple (1 Kings 12-30)

The Second Petition
Thy kingdom come

The little Syrian maid (2 Kings 5:1-17)
The Reign of Messiah (Psalm 72)
Kings of the earth gather together against Christ (Acts 4:23-31)
Parable of the growing seed (Mark 4:26-29)
Parable of the mustard seed (Mark 4:30-32)

The Third Petition
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

Jesus prays in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-44)
Abraham’s trial (Genesis 22:1-19)
God uses the sin of Joseph’s brothers for good (Genesis 15:15-21)
Peter and John pray for boldness (Acts 4:13-37)

The Fourth Petition
Give us this day our daily bread

Do not worry (Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-31)
Jesus heals a centurion’s servant (Matthew 8:5-13.
Jesus heals a paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8)
Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)
Jesus Heals ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
Parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:15-21)

The Fifth Petition
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us

Jesus prays for his enemies (Luke 23:32-35)
Steven prays for his enemies (Acts 7:54-60)
Joseph forgives his brothers (Genesis 50:15-21)
The unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35)
The prodigal son’s father forgives him (Luke 15:17-24)

The Sixth Petition
And lead us not into temptation

The devil tempts Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-6)
Jesus uses the Word against temptation (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13)
The world tempts Peter to deny Christ (Luke 22:54-62, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:54-62, John 18:15-18, 25-27)
David’s flesh tempts him to commit adultery (2 Samuel 11:2-4)
Joseph flees from temptation (Genesis 39:1-20)
God tests Abraham (Genesis 22:1-19)
Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18)

The Seventh Petition
But deliver us from evil

God delivers Job from his troubles (Job 42:10-17)
Three men in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3)
Daniel in the lions’ den (Daniel 6:1-23)
God does not let the Devil destroy Job (Job 1:1-2:6)

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for every and ever. Amen.

The King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:13-16)
I will extol you, My God, My King (Psalm 145)

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 2c — The Third Article of the Creed

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism.

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Part 2 – The Creed

Part 2c – The Third Article – Sanctification

The Holy Spirit

Joel’s prophesy of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-32)
Fulfillment of Joel’s prophesy (Acts 2:1-13)
Peter’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:14-31)
Ananias lies to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:1-11)
Jesus sends the Helper (John 16:5-15)

The Holy Christian church

The 7,000 in Israel (1 Kings 19:9-18)
Solomon builds the temple (2 Chronicles 6:1-14; 7:1-3)
Birthday of the church (Acts 2:1-4, 37-42)
The church commissions Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:1-5)
Weeds among the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30)
Beware of false prophets (Matthew 7:15-20)

The forgiveness of sins

David’s prayer for pardon (Psalm 51)
Jesus heals the man with palsy (Mark 2:1-12)
The king forgave the servant all his debts (Matthew 18:23-35)
The publican justified (Luke 18:9-14)

The resurrection of the body

Elisha raises the widow’s son (1 Kings 17:17-24)
The judgment scene (Matthew 25:31-46)
Christ’s resurrection and our resurrection (1 Corinthians 15)
Lazarus raised from the dead (John 11:17-44)

Life everlasting

The holy city (Revelation 21:1-7)

The Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps

“Called me by the Gospel”

Invitation to the wedding banquet of the king’s son (Matthew 22:1-10)
Invitation to the great banquet (Mark 14:16-17)

“Enlightened me with his gifts”

Philip preaches Christ to the Samaritans (Acts 8:5-8)
The Philippian jailer and his family come to believe (Acts 16:25-34)

Repentance

Jesus dines with a Pharisee (Luke 7:36-50)

Faith

Abraham’s faith (Genesis 12:1-4; 22:1-19)
Heroes of faith (Hebrews 11)
Many of the Apostles hearers believe (Acts 17:1-12)
Peter’s confession (Matthew 16:13-20)

Justification and regeneration

The blessedness of forgiveness (Psalm 32)
The woman of Samaria (John 4:1-26)

Conversion

Saul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-19)

Sanctification and preservation

The Psalmists prayer for pardon (Psalm 86:1-12)
The Christian’s daily life (Colossians 3:1-17)

 

“Say It!” Says the Little Girl — by Pastor Ryan Loeslie

Editor’s Note:  The following is a guest article by Rev. Ryan Loeslie, Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Merna, Nebraska.

Most Lutherans who went through junior high confirmation class at one time in their lives are familiar with Luther’s famous question from his Small Catechism, “What does this mean?”  Sadly, this is all many remember.  But at the same time, this proves Luther’s genius.  He devised a simple, childlike question which all people can relate to as they are learning the basics of the faith.  Whatever failure the church has had in retaining its children after confirmation is its own fault, not that of the Small Catechism.

In the original German, Luther’s question was framed a bit differently than what we’ve come to know in English translation.  “Was ist das?,” the Small Catechism reads.  Literally we would translate this as “What is it?” or “What is that?”  As you can see, this is an even more basic question than “What does this mean?”  It is simpler.  It is more childlike.  We can picture a small child pointing to a colorful flower or a strange-looking insect and asking the same question: What is it?  What is that?

I never knew the genius of Luther’s question until having my own child and teaching her the Small Catechism.  We started teaching our daughter the Small Catechism even as she was starting to speak her first words.  She started learning by repeating after us the last word which was said.  So if we said the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods,” she would say “gods” when we were done.  It didn’t take long before she could say more and more, and even at two and a half years old now she can say the Lord’s Prayer, most of the creed, and most of the commandments.  And actually, her favorite thing to do is answer Luther’s question, “What is Baptism?”  On the one hand, this is very special.  We are glad such a small girl whom we love so much can pray and say the commandments.  On the other hand, it’s not so special.  I imagine this is within the capability of almost any child the same age.

What I find fascinating about this is how she grew into the routine.  We always do a bit of Catechism work after reading a Bible story at bedtime.  And our daughter came up with her own name for our little time of catechesis.  She says it’s time to “say it!”  What is fascinating about “saying it” is that my daughter with her words hearkened me back to Luther’s question, “Was ist das?” or “What is it?” I learned in the most profound way, through the lips of a child, that our simple home catechesis with our children was truly the vision that Luther had when writing the Small Catechism.  He didn’t have in mind 7th and 8th graders with the pastor on a late Wednesday afternoon.  He envisioned parents “saying it” with their children.

And this is a much more joyous way to pass down the faith, one which does not require cumbersome worksheets, tedious homework, and scheduling hassles. Children love to please their parents, and so also our daughter loves to “say it.” I have a funny story to illustrate this, too.  One evening we were visiting friends and came home much later than our children’s bedtime.  It was our intention to say the Lord’s Prayer with them quickly and put them to bed.  But what happened?  Our daughter broke down in tears because she wanted to “say it.”  She would not let it go.  So as I tucked her in we did “say it,” however little time we had.  The day wouldn’t be complete for her otherwise.

I mention this not because it’s cute, but because it demonstrates the joyous and powerful effect that the Small Catechism can have on our children.  When people remember the question “What does this mean?,” it is often in a nostalgic manner.  It’s a relic of their past when they went to confirmation class.  Perhaps it is something remembered fondly, but it doesn’t serve much use in the present, nor does it make them more faithful Christians.  But when we “say it” with our kids, this is something that is a part of them every day, something at the very fiber of their being.  When we “say it” with our kids, the Small Catechism becomes something which will actually form a worldview and serve us in our lives.  Children who can “say it” will be bright lights in this world because the very Word of God is actually written on their hearts.  And when they grow up, the Small Catechism will not be a relic of their past.  It will be a treasured possession, something they have always known, loved, and will never let go.

And so take this as a word of encouragement.  You can go to Lutherancatechism.com and find some easy schedules to use so you can “say it” together as a family.  These are very helpful if you’ve had good intentions about this but never had the support or resources to follow through.  It takes very little natural skill.  It does not even require much time or effort, only consistency.  And yet the rewards are enormous.  We learn our faith better.  We learn to love it more.  We learn a beautiful pattern of sound words which will serve us well in this world.  And we can raise up a new generation of children who love God and his Word, who love the Small Catechism and the Lutheran Church, and our lives will be better for it.

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 2b — The Second Article of the Creed

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Part 2 – The Creed

Part 2b – The Second Article – Redemption

“Jesus Christ, true God”

Jesus is conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18-25)
The Holy Spirit will come upon you (Luke 1:26-38)
The transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8)
The load of fish that started sinking the boat (Luke 5:5-11)
Jesus sees Nathaniel under the fig tree (John 1:43-51)
The woman at Jacob’s well (John 4:16-26)
Jesus knows his betrayer (Matthew 26:20-25)
Jesus predicts his death and resurrection (Luke 18:31-34)
The man carrying a pitcher of water (Luke 22:1-13)
Jesus turns water into wine (John 2:1-11)
Jesus rebukes a storm (Luke 8:22-25)
Jesus heals a paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8)
Jesus raises Lazarus from death (John 11:38-44)
The centurion’s confession (Matthew 27:51-54)

“Jesus Christ, also true Man”

Jesus is born of Mary (Luke 2:1-21)
Son of Man came eating and drinking (Matthew 11:18-19)
Jesus appears to his disciples (Luke 24:36-43)
Thomas sees the print of the nails (John 20:24-26)

“Who has redeemed me”

The chastisement of our peace was upon him (Isaiah 53)
As Moses lifted up the serpent (Number 21:4-9, John 3:14-17)
Trial before Pilate (John 18:28 to 19:16)
Why have you forsaken me (Psalm 22)
Jesus on the cross (Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:21-41, Luke 23:26-49, John 23-30)
Better covenant, sanctuary, sacrifice, priest (Hebrews 9)

“His innocent suffering”

Temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11)
Jesus Christ pays tribute (Matthew 17:24-27)
To do your will, O Lord (Hebrews 10:5-10)
Temptation in Gethsemane (Luke 22:39-46)

“A lost and condemned person”

The fall into sin (Genesis 3)
Effects of the fall (Romans 3:9-23)

Who died

Jesus yields up his spirit (Matthew 27:45-50)
Jesus breathed his last (Mark 15:33-37)
Blood and water came from Jesus’ pierced side (John 19:28-37)

Who was buried

Joseph of Arimathea buries Jesus in his new tomb
(Matthew 27:57-65, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 13:50-55, John 19:38-42)

He rose again from the dead

He is not here, for He is risen (Matthew 28:1-10)
The empty tomb (John20)

He ascended into heaven

A cloud took him out of their sight (Acts 1:6-11)

Sits at the right hand of the Father

Jesus prays for us (John 17:16-26)
He always lives to make intercession (Hebrews 7:11-28)

From thence He will come

Look, the bridegroom is coming (Matthew 25:1-13)
Signs of the last times (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21)
The Lord himself will descend from heaven (1Thessalonians 4:13-18)

To judge the living and the dead

As a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31-46)
In the last days, perilous times will come (2 Timothy 3:1-9)
The falling away comes first (2 Thessalonians 2)
Some to everlasting life, some to shame and contempt (Daniel 12)

“That I may live under him in his kingdom”

Jesus enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9)
Are You the King of the Jews (John 18:33-38)
I have set my King on the holy hill of Zion (Psalm 2)
The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness (Psalm 24)
He who sits on the throne will dwell among them (Revelation 7:9-17)

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 2a — The First Article of the Creed

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism.

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Part 2 – The Creed

Trinity

The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)

Part 2a – The First Article – Creation

“God has created me”

Special creation of man – Genesis 2:7, 1:27
A little lower than angels – Psalm 8:4-9

“He has given me my body and soul … all my members”

Wove me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 8:13-15)

“He richly and daily provides”

God provides quail and manna in the wilderness (Exodus 16:11-36)
God provides water in the wilderness (Exodus 17:1-6)
Elijah by the Brook Cherith (1 Kings 17:1-7)
Elijah, the widow, and her son (1 Kings 17:8-24)
Elisha and the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:1-7)
Jesus feeds 5,000 (John 6:1-14)
Jesus calms a storm (John 6:16-21)
You give them their food in due season (Psalm 104)

“He protects me”

Daniel in the lions’ den (Daniel 6:6-23)
God limits Satan’s power against Job (Job 1:1-2, 5)
God cares for Joseph (Genesis 37, 41)
God directs Lot out of Sodom (Genesis 19)
Do not worry (Matthew 6:25-34)
God took care of Noah and his family (Genesis 9:1-3)
Do not fret because of evildoers (Psalm 37)

“God has created … all creatures”

Creation of all things (Genesis 1-2)
Holy angels – Peter in prison (Acts 12:5-11)
Fallen Angels – Satan accuses Job (Job 1:6-12, 2:1-6)

“Fatherly and divine goodness and mercy”

Jacob meets Esau (Genesis 32:1-10)
The centurion confessed his unworthiness (Luke 7:6-10)

“Duty bound to thank, praise, serve, and obey”

A psalm of praise (Psalm 103)

 

Catechism Bible Illustrations – Part 1 – The Ten Commandments

 

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism.

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Part 1 – The Ten Commandments

The First Commandment

The golden calf (Exodus 20:1-21)
The fiery furnace (Daniel 3)
The rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-31; Matthew 19:16-22)
The people worship Baal (1 Kings 18:18-29)
The Philistines worship Dagon (Judges 16:23-24)
The Baptism of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17)
The rich man (Luke 16:19-31)
The tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9)
David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
Eli and his Sons (1 Samuel 2:12-34)
Peter denies Christ (Matthew 26:59-75)
The sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22)
Abram departs from Haran (Genesis 12:1-9)
Daniel in the lions’ den (Daniel 6)
Pilate heeds the voice of the people (John 19:12-22)
Nebuchadnezzar’s pride (Daniel 4:30; 5:20-21)

The Second Commandment

Herod’s profane oath (Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:21-29)
Shimei curses David (2 Samuel 16:5-14)
Mary and Zacharias (Luke 1:46-80)
God reveals his Name to Moses (Exodus 3:12-15)
Goliath curses David (1 Samuel 17:43)
The Jews curse themselves and their children (Matthew 27:25)
The Jews revile Jesus on the cross (Matthew 27:39-43)
Peter’s oaths in Caiaphas’ courtyard (Mark 14:66-72)
The oath to kill Paul (Acts 23:12)
Saul and the witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28)
Bar-Jesus (Acts 13:6-12)
Abraham calls on the name of the Lord (Genesis 12:6-8)
Hannah thanks God (1 Samuel 2)
The disciples call on Jesus (Matthew 8:25)
Ten lepers call on Jesus for help, one thanks him (Luke 17:11-19)
Noah calls on God (Genesis 8:20-22)
Abominations of the nations (Deuteronomy 18:9-14)
The Song of Mary (Luke 1:46-80)
Rabshakeh blasphemes the God of Israel (2 Kings 18:28-25, 19:21-22)
Some Jews accuse Jesus of being demon possessed (John 8:48-59)
Peter curses (Matthew 26:74)
James and John would curse on a Samaritan village (Luke 9:51-55)
Jephthah’s oath (Judges 11:30-40)
The sorcerers of Egypt (Exodus 7-8)
The sons of Sceva (Acts 19:13-29)
A false prophet’s lie (1 Kings 13:11-30)
Zachariah’s song (Luke 1:68-79)

The Third Commandment

King Jehoiakim burns Jeremiahs scroll (Jeremiah 36:9-32)
Mary listens to Jesus (Luke 10:38-42)
Longing for the Temple Worship (Psalm 84)
Jesus Preaches on the Sabbath (Luke 4:31-39)
Mary kept the Word in her heart (Luke 2:19, 51)
The Bereans searched the Scriptures (Acts 17:10-13)
Persecuted Christians preach the word (Acts 8:1-4)
Jesus fulfills the Sabbath Day (Matthew 12:1-8)
The blessedness of dwelling in the house of God (Psalm 84)
Saul rejects the Word of the Lord (1 Samuel 15:10-23)
Jesus listens to the teachers, asks them questions, and increases in wisdom (Luke 2:41-52)

The Fourth Commandment

Absalom rebels against his father (2 Samuel 15)
Jesus subject to his parents (Luke 2:51)
Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37:12-36; 39:1-6)
The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32)
Joseph loves his father (Genesis 46:29-30)
Samuel obeys Eli (1 Samuel 3:1-8)
Jesus obey his earthly parents (Luke 2:51-52)
Jesus pays the temple tax (Matthew 17:24-27)
Daniel and friends disobey an order to do evil (Daniel 3, 6)
Joseph’s brothers show no love for their father (Genesis 37:31-35)
The sons of Eli grieve their father (1 Samuel 2:12, 23-25)
The youths of Bethel mock Elijah (2 Kings 2:23-24)
Jesus provided for his mother (John 19:26)
Ruth cherished her mother-in-law, Naomi (Ruth 1:6-18)

The Fifth Commandment

Cain murders Abel (Genesis 4:1-15)
The good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
David has Uriah killed (2 Samuel 11:14-17)
People killed through carelessness (Exodus 21:22-23, 29; Deuteronomy 22:8)
Saul kills himself (1 Samuel 31:4)
Judas hangs himself (Matthew 27:3-10)
Abraham fights to rescue Lot (Genesis 14:12-16)
The Son of Man judges of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46)
Jesus cures the paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8)
Jesus feeds five thousand (Mark 6:33-44)
Jesus heals Malchus (Luke 22:50-51)
Jesus teaches the Fifth Commandment (Matthew 5:21-26; Luke 12:57-59)
The Egyptians made the lives of the Hebrews bitter (Exodus 1)
David protects the life of Saul (1 Samuel 26:1-12)
Joseph forgives his brothers (Genesis 45:1-16)
The judicial murder of Naboth (1 Kings 21:1-16)

The Sixth Commandment

Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:4-8)
Joseph’s chastity (Genesis 39)
Adam and Eve’s marriage (Genesis 2:18-24)
The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11)
The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24:34-67)
Herod lives with his brother’s wife (Matthew 14:1-4)
David commits adultery with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:2-5)
Jesus deals with the Samaritan woman (John 4:17-18)
Lot’s daughters commit incest (Genesis 19:30-38)
Love, light, wisdom, Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5)

The Seventh Commandment

Achan’s theft (Joshua 7)
Abraham recovers Lot’s property without reward (Genesis 14:1-16)
Jacob cheating Esau (Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-40)
The unjust steward (Luke 16:1-13)
Parents give good gifts to their children (Matthew 7:11)
The prodigal son requests his inheritance (Luke 15:11-12)
The dishonest steward (Luke 16:1-12)
The generous Macedonians (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
Gehazi’s greed and lies (2 Kings 5:20-24)
Cheerful giving to the saints (2 Corinthians 9:1-15)
Jacob’s agreement with Laban (Genesis 30:25-43)
The judicial theft of Naboth’s vineyard (1 Kings 21:1-16)
Judas steals from the money box (John 12:4-6)

The Eighth Commandment

False witness against Stephen (Acts 6:8-15)
Jonathan defends David (1 Samuel 19:1-7)
The Devil deceives Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-15)
The tongue (James 3:1-18)
Jesus before the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65)
Pilate’s judgment contradicts his verdict (Luke 23:4-24)
Potiphar’s wife lies about Joseph (Genesis 39:13-17)
Judas betrays Jesus (Matthew 26:14-16)
Absalom slanders David (2 Samuel 15:1-6)
Jesus exposes hypocrisy (Matthew 23)
Jewish elders speak well of a Roman centurion (Luke 7:1-10)
Satan lies to Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-15)
Jesus’ words the truth, Satan the father of lies (John 8:42-47)
Perjury against Naboth (1 Kings 21:1-16)
Doeg betrays Ahimelech (1 Samuel 22:6-19)

The Ninth and Tenth Commandments

Ahab covets Naboth’s vineyard (1 Kings 21:1-16)
Abraham gives Lot his choice of the land (Genesis 13)
David coveted Uriah’s wife (2 Samuel 11_2-4)
Paul sends Onesimus back to his master (Philemon)
Zaccheus makes restitution (Luke 19:1-10)
Worldly lawsuits between Christians (1 Corinthians 6:1-8)
The Shunamite couple makes a room for Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-13)
Absalom estranged the hearts of the people from David (2 Samuel 15:1-6)
Picture of a wife of valor (Proverbs 31:10-31)
The covetous fool (Luke 12:13-21)
Generosity to servants (Deuteronomy 15:12-18)
Paul overcomes covetousness (Acts 20:32-35)

The Conclusion of the Commandments

God destroys the world in a flood (Genesis 7)
God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah with fire (Genesis 19:15-28)
God destroys the Egyptians in the Red See (Exodus 4:23-31)
God destroys the family of Ahab and Jezebel (2 Kings 9:4-10, 10:11)
Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5)
The Lord answers a false proverb (Ezekiel 18)
The Good Shepherd (John 10)

Faith Enduring Attack: The Catechism as Field Manual for Discipleship, New Resource from John T. Pless

What are we trying to do?

Fix the church, like Evangelicals?

Fix the world, like Mainline Protestants?

Are we trying to make disciples, as Jesus commanded? If so, let’s recall, “Discipleship is catechetical.”

The Catechism is many things. It is a whetstone, a compass, a theological Swiss army knife, a life book, and a summary of Scripture. It is a little “Bible of the laity.”

But, where the Word of God is preached and believed, there will also be the Cross. This means that the Christian life is lived under assault by the devil, the world, and the sinful nature. Therefore, in making disciples, the Catechism is strategic, because the Catechism is training for faith to endure attack. This makes the Catechism a field manual for discipleship.

The church needs skill in teaching and meditating on the Catechism in the face of attack. A new resource for this purpose is under development by Dr. John T. Pless. We are able to get a preview and outline of it from Dr. Pless’ lecture in the Reformation Lecture Series at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 16, 2016, titled “The Catechism: A Field Manual for Discipleship.”

By Dr. Pless’ kind permission, we are able to distribute the lecture outline in PDF format and the Power Point presentation. Access them by clicking the following links:

Pr Mark Surburg’s Catechism challenge: From memorization, to heart, to part of us.

Pastor Mark Surburg has written a great article for his congregation’s August newsletter that we can preview on his blog.

The article launches a challenge to the congregation to learn by heart the Small Catechism, and an explanation of the benefits this brings. This includes memorization, of course, but uses memorization to go on to the next levels, of learning the Catechism by heart, and for it to become a part of us. Pastor Surburg says:

In order for the explanations of the Small Catechism to function in this way, they need to be in our head.  This happens as we learn them by heart.  The first step in this process is to begin using them as we seek to commit them to memory.  The second step is that we continue to use them so that they go beyond memorization.  Memorized items are learned and then forgotten.  Items we have learned by heart are things that we use over and over until they become part of us.  Once they are part of us, they begin to shape and form the way we think and speak.

See the whole article on Surburg’s Blog, “Mark’s thoughts: Take the Small Catechism challenge.