Catechesis is ". . .the sounding again of the historic truths of the Christian faith from one generation to the next. An elder generation presents the content of our common faith, and the younger generation echoes back what they have learned. Catechesis, then, in its simplest form is a sort of call and response of the truths of the Christian faith." (from Teaching the Faith at Home by David Reuter).
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In Luther's Small Catechism, question #306 asks: "What is confirmation?" and answers, " Confirmation is a public rite of the church preceded by a period of instruction designed to help baptized Christians identify with the life and mission of the Christian community." To be confirmed is to mark the beginning of a mature life of learning the Scriptures and growing in the faith given to an individual in their baptism.
We offer a two-year catechesis and confirmation program at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church. One year of study is dedicated to an overview of the Old and New Testaments, another year is spent learning Biblical doctrine as summarized in Luther's Small Catechism. Hope confirmation classes are taught by our pastor. The two years of study end in a public rite of confirmation, which provides an opportunity for the individual Christian, relying on God's promises given in Holy Baptism, to make a personal public confession of the faith and a lifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ.
Ages: 7th-8th grade students
Class Times: Wednesdays at 6:00 PM during the school year.
Confirmation classes will include study of the Biblical doctrine of The Lord's Supper. Confirmands will first receive the Holy Sacrament of the Altar (Communion or The Lord's Supper) at the time of the rite of confirmation, after their two-year catechesis. To learn more about The Lord's Supper, read: "What About The Sacrament of the Altar?" -- click here >>
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Two young confirmands will stand before God's altar and reaffirm the faith the Holy Spirit worked in them in their baptism. We, too, will have the opportunity to do the same! In Luther's Small Catechism, question #306 asks: What is confirmation? Confirmation is a public rite of the church preceded by a period of instruction designed to help baptized Christians identify with the life and mission of the Christian community. Prior to admission to the Lord's Supper, it is necessary to be instructed in the Christian faith (1 Cor. 11:28). The rite of confirmation provides an opportunity for the individual Christian, relying on God's promises given in Holy Baptism, to make a personal public confession of the faith and a lifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ.
These young men have been diligently preparing for this rite of confirmation. They have faithfully attended weekly classes, grown in
understanding of Scripture, and have shown maturation in faith. BUT, this is only the BEGINNING of their lifelong learning of Holy Scripture.
Growing in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord never ends. Please welcome them, congratulate them, but most importantly, encourage them to remain faithful. Be steadfast in your prayers to also include these confirmands! Remember Paul's encouragement to the people at Colosse: Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jeusus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Col. 3:15-17). And in Hebrews 10:234-25: Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Banner Painting: Catechism Lesson, Jules Alexis Muenier 1890
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