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September 29, 2013 - St Michael and All Angels, series C

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Rev 12:7-12;Matt 18:1-11;Luke 10:17-20 for the St Michael and All Angels, series C, September 29, 2013.

It is from Large Catechism, Short Preface of Dr. Martin Luther.

If the spiritual welfare of infants and children is important enough that they are given angels in God's presence, then their spiritual instruction and good examples should be of utmost importance to fathers and all adults.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORDST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS, SERIES C
LARGE CATECHISMSHORT PREFACE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER

This is designed and undertaken to be an instruction for children and the simple folk. Therefore, in ancient times it was called in Greek catechism (i.e., instruction for children). It teaches what every Christian must know. So a person who does not know this catechism could not be counted as a Christian or be admitted to any Sacrament, just as a mechanic who does not understand the rules and customs of his trade is expelled and considered incapable. Therefore, we must have the young learn well and fluently the parts of the catechism or instruction for children, diligently exercise themselves in them.

It is the duty of every father of a family to question and examine his children and servants at least once a week and see what they know or are learning from the catechism. And if they do not know the catechism, he should keep them learning it faithfully. For I well remember the time that old persons who knew nothing about these things. Yet they go to Baptism and the Lord's Supper and use everything belonging to Christians, even though people who come to the Lord's Supper ought to know more and have a fuller understanding of all Christian doctrine than children and new scholars. For the common people we are satisfied if they know the three "parts" so both young and old are well trained in them and familiar with them. (paragraphs 1-6)



Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

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