Written by Martin Luther in 1529, the Small Catechism provides a brief, clear summary of God's Word on the essentials of the Christian faith. In question-and-answer format, it explores the Six Chief Parts of Christian Doctrine and includes daily prayers, a table of duties for Christians in their various callings, and a guide for Christians as they prepare to receive Holy Communion. The Small Catechism itself is a timeless confession of the Faith, applicable to Christian instruction in every age.
An explanation designed to help readers understand and apply Luther's Small Catechism has accompanied editions of the catechism since the early days of Lutheranism. However, in the time since Luther wrote his explanation to the catechism, society and culture have changed dramatically. The 2017 Explanation presents a lens to faithfully understand God's Word in the midst of changing times-providing a practical guide for living the daily Christian life. With 374 questions and accompanying Scripture references, the new Explanation provides more biblical teaching and devotional aids than ever before. The Bible text included in the Explanation is from the English Standard Version (ESV).
What else is new with the updated and expanded Explanation?
- The Central Thoughtsection guides you through simple Bible study and reflection questions
- Connections and Applicationsrelates Scripture to important issues in today's culture
- Psalms, hymns, and prayerscombine Scripture and catechism study with worship for devotional use
- Bible narrative references, quotes from Martin Luther, the Lutheran Confessions, and expanded notes expose readers to the fullness of the Lutheran tradition
- Expanded appendix provideshelpful articles, reference material, and glossary to aid in personal study