In The Home

Luther’s Small Catechism is a “brief, plain, and simple” exposition of Christian doctrine. Believers in his day (the 16th century) were malnourished when it came to the Word of God. His neighbors were baptized believers receiving the Lord’s Supper and yet they didn’t even know the very basic tenets of their faith: the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, or the Ten Commandments. It’s a tiny book, a pamphlet really (the size of the interleaved edition pictured above is due to the explanation and its interleavedness) meant to help people learn what God’s Holy Word (the Bible) teaches. With that said, this book is not a church book. That is, it’s not something to be used solely in the Sunday School room or in Confirmation Class. No, this book is intended for the home! It’s a tool meant to be used by parents to teach their children the faith! To use Luther’s words from the beginning of each section, this book contains is the fundamentals of Christianity “as the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.”

© 2013 Tyrel Bramwell


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