CONFIRMATION

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..

 

 Means – instrument or tool used to do a job

The two Sacraments recognized by Lutherans are Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.  They are sometimes referred to as God’s “means of grace.”

The three marks of a Sacrament are the three things required for something to be considered a Sacrament in the Lutheran Church.  A Sacrament

Conveys a promise from God 

Is Connected to a natural element

Was commanded by Christ himself.

One way to remember the meaning of the word “grace” is to think of it as an acronym,, with each letter representing a word.  You can define grace in this way…

G.R.A.C.E.= Gifts we Receive And Cannot Earn.

Authorization    to grant official power or recognition

Command          to order and give direction to

Grace                  all that God freely gives to us

Sacrament          a promise from God attached to a physical sign

F (FALSE) Martin Luther invented Baptism

F (FALSE) Real Christians are those who work hard to earn God’s grace

F (FALSE) In the Lutheran Church, we never baptize adults – only babies.

F (FALSE) Only “holy water” that has been specially blessed may be used in Baptism.

T (TRUE) Baptismal Sponsors promise to support the baptized person in their life of faith.

 

In the Bible, Jesus said that we must be “born again” by water and the Holy Spirit.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is not merely water; it is water used according to God’s command and connected with God’s Word.

Deliverance        to be rescued or saved from something

Promise               the assurance of some good action

Forgive                 to release someone from the punishment for sin

 

T (TRUE) In Baptism God gives us the promise of forgiveness and new life

T (TRUE) In Baptism we are adopted into God’s family

F (FALSE) God alone is not able to save us, we need to save ourselves.

F (FALSE ) Forgiveness means that God doesn’t care whether we sin or not.

What is this Word of God?

It is the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the last chapter of Matthew, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

Faith                   to trust in and rely on God

Justified              to be made right with God

Regeneration   to be restored or made good again

Compare a “God Centered View” of Baptism with a “Human Centered View” of Baptism, by identifying statements associated with each view.  In the space below, mark a “G” for God Centered of a “H” for Human Centered:

G   Baptism is a promise being made by God to the person being baptized.

H   Baptism is a statement of faith being made to God by the person being baptized.

  People may be baptized at whatever age they are presented (infants, children, adults).

  Only people who are already adult believers are allowed to be baptized.

G   God can freely show his grace and favor to anyone he chooses.

H   God cannot give us a promise unless we already have faith.

G   God gives us a promise, so that we will have something we can trust in.

G   In Baptism, God announces to the world that we are his children.

  It’s better to wait to be baptized, so you can decide for yourself and be in charge.

T (TRUE)    God uses the real things of this world to get his work done.

T (TRUE)    Jesus authorized and sent his disciples to baptize and teach all nations.

F (FALSE)   In certain cases of extreme sin, a person must be re-baptized.

T (TRUE)    Sponsors at a child’s baptism may also be called “God-Parents.”

T (TRUE)    It is God’s Word that makes Baptism powerful and effective.

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