The Sola Confirmation Series (www.solapublishing.org) is a workbook style Confirmation curriculum designed to serve as a simple and practical resource for teaching the Bible and Luther’s Small Catechism. The four core workbooks include: The Apostles Creed, The Sacraments, The Ten Commandments and The Lord’s Prayer.
Two of the four core workbooks are used in rotation for the two year program designed for 7th and 8th graders at St Paul. Four teachers, Randy Genther, Jeff Schlott, Marianne Trausch and Cathie Varnes team teach and offer their insights and experiences to the young people. A written test is taken after a number of lessons have been completed and must be passed. Mid-year a video on the life of Martin Luther or the Book of John is shown to the class. Those completing the two year requirement make their confirmation in mid-May.
Here is what we have discussed in Confirmation so far..
Can you write this much of the Lord’s Prayer from memory?
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
They kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Fill in the blanks from Luther’s Small Catechism
The Introduction: “Our Father, who art in heaven.”
What does this mean?
God encourages us to believe that he is truly our Father, and that we are truly his children. So that we may boldly and confidently pray to him, just as beloved children speak to their dear father.
True or False questions
T Like a loving parent, God gives good things to his children
T We should pray for both our friends and our enemies.
F If God doesn’t answer our prayer, we should just stop praying.
F Prayer is our chance to show-off how religious we are, to God and others.
T In prayer, we should ask for God’s will to be done.
F Longer prayers are always better than shorter prayers.
F God likes us to brag about ourselves in prayer.
T Prayer is our chance to ask God for what we need.
T When we pray, we express our dependence upon God.
Matching words and definitions
Prayer to call upon, make a request to God
Petition a specific request made as part of a prayer
Daily Bread everything required to meet our earthly needs
Hallowed to be kept holy, to be honored
Kingdom rule, reign, governance
Dependence the need to rely on something
Will what you want, intend, or desire
Fill in the blanks
Jesus often used parables as “teaching stories.”
The Lord’s Prayer has seven petitions, which means there are seven requests we make to God in this prayer. Jesus taught us to ask God for what we need.
In explaining the way we represent Jesus to others, the Bible says that all Christians are “ambassadors for Christ.”
In our everyday lives, we keep God’s name “hallowed” when we seek to live in accordance with God’s Word.
When Jesus talked about the “kingdom of God,” he is describing what faith is like in our lives, when God gives us his Holy Spirit, and we believe in God’s grace.
The phrase “daily bread” in the Lord’s Prayer includes more than just food; it refers to all things we need for our everyday life.
One of the short essays asks us to “briefly describe a story from the Bible where a person prayed to God, and God directly answered their prayer: What was the need and how did God respond to that need?”
On October 25th we talked about the story of the people of God receiving manna in the wilderness in Exodus 16. The Israelites were hungry in the wilderness and God gave them manna every day for 40 years.
Fill in the blanks….
The Small Catechism reminds us that “God tempts no one to sin.” The evil tempter in the Bible is the devil.
When we pray that God will forgive our sins, we are asking him to not hold our sins against us.
The Hebrew word “Hallelujah” means “praise the Lord.” Like the conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer, it is a simple example of what we call a “doxology” – words through which we give God credit for all the good we experience.
When we say the word amen, we are saying, “Yes, I agree.” It is the last word in the Bible.
A way to remember the meaning of the word “GRACE” is to think of it as an acronym: Gifts we receive and cannot earn.
Words to match with definitions……
Trespasses when we “cross the line” into sin
Temptation to face a time of trial and testing
Deliverance to rescue and save from harm
Doxology words of praise and worship to God
Devotion faithful affection and dedication
Contrary something that goes against or contradicts
Accordance when things match, or go together in harmony
True or False Questions
T Jesus told us that we should pray to God
T Prayer is the means by which we communicate with God
F The disciples made up the Lord’s Prayer in honor of Jesus
T When we say “think is the kingdom,” we are saying the kingdom belongs to God
F God’s kingdom will not come unless we pray for it
T Being in God’s kingdom means we trust and believe in God
T In times of trial, we pray that God would give us the strength to trust and do his will
F God never really answers people’s prayers
F God’s will is not done unless we prayer for it
T God is going to win the final victory over the devil
T Because God forgives us, we should forgive others
T God is active and is doing things in the world right now
T It is the Holy Spirit that gives us faith in God
F The Lord’s Prayer was the only prayer that Jesus prayed
T To “affirm” our Baptism, means we are saying “yes” to the promises of God.
Short Essay Questions
If God already knows everything about us, why does God want us to pray?
Why is it that when we pray for something, it doesn’t always happen the way we might want it to? How is praying different from making a wish?
If prayer is the way we speak to God, where or how do we hear from God? How can we make this “transmitting” and “receiving” a part of our everyday lives?