Catechism [kat-i-kiz-uh m] (from Greek meaning to teach orally), is an exposition of biblical teaching. It is an elementary book continaing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion in the form of questions and answers.
Luther's Small Catechism (Der Kleine Katechismus) was written by Martin Luther and published in 1529 for the training of children. The Small Catechism reviews the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the Use of the Keys and Confession, and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. It is included in the Book of Concord as an authoritative statement of what Lutherans believe. The Small Catechism is widely used today in Lutheran churches as part of youth education and in preparation for the Rite of Confirmation.
Confirmation [kon-fer-mey-shuhn] ( from Latin meaning to establish) is the public rite of the church by which a baptized person renews his or her baptismal vow, publicly confesses his or her faith, and promises to be faithful to Christ for the rest of their earthly life.
Through this educational ministry young people have the opportunity to explore God’s Word and learn what it means to serve Christ in the world. Catechetical instruction is an essential part of a individual’s journey in faith!
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