What Lutherans Believe
CreationGod is the Creator of the universe with all its beauty, and He sustains it with His almighty power.
SinAdam and Eve, whom God created, doubted and rebelled against Him. They sinned, and their natures became evil. Now every human being is born with a tendency for evil. Attempts to change Human nature or to please God with our own good are doomed to fail.
Forgiveness Through ChristGod out of pure love gives people forgiveness of sins and thus reconciles them to Himself. He does this even though He punishes sin because His own Son, Jesus Christ, took the punishment for all sins when He died on the cross. God raised Him from the dead and showed the world that Christ's death has been accepted and man's sin is forgiven.
Faith and the Holy SpiritPeople receive the forgiveness through faith. Faith is created by the Holy Spirit through the Gospel that tells of God's love in Christ. Infant baptism is the means by which a child is given a new life and received into God's kingdom.
BibleThe Bible is the source of knowledge about God and His love and is also the way in which He speaks to us today. The Bible was written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and so is without error.
ChurchThe church is the fellowship of all those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
SacramentsGod has given two special acts along with the Word to build His church. Baptism creates faith, and Holy Communion nurtures our faith. We receive the Holy Spirit and forgiveness in Baptism. In Holy Communion Jesus give us His physical presence and the promise of the forgiveness of sins.
Eternal LifeThe fellowship that God established with His believers on earth will continue after death as believers live with Him eternally in Heaven.
Profession of Faith Service
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
April 6, 2001
Opening Hymn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 3
Invocation (Sung) Amen
V How can a young man (or woman) keep his way pure?
R By living according to Your word.
V I seek You with all my heart;
R Do not let me stray from Your commands.
V I have hidden Your word in my heart.
R That I might not sin against You.
V Praise be to You, O Lord;
R Teach me Your decrees.
(Sung) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Collect For Young Persons
Lord God, heavenly Father, we thank and praise You for Your great goodness in bringing these Your sons and daughters to the knowledge of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and enabling them both with the heart to believe and with the mouth to confess His saving name. Grant that, bringing forth the fruits of faith, they may continue steadfast and victorious to the day when all who have fought the good fight of faith shall receive the crown of righteousness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Gospel Reading Matthew 10:27-33
Profession of Faith
Students will answer and discuss questions in the followingcategories as taught in the catechism: Ten Commandments, Apostlesí Creed, Lordís Prayer, and Sacraments
Prayer and Lord's Prayer
Benediction Amen, Amen, Amen.
Closing Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 0 1
ConfirmandsJonn Audrain, II, Kortney Hogan, Dustin Simpson, Laura Barnes, Jessica Holten, Lindsey Smith, Ashley Boatman, Joshua Hurford, Jennifer Spatola , Brittany Boatman, Evan Jones, Ashley Storm ,Andrew Cluck, Daniel Kober, Edward Szakacsi, II, Adam Coombs, Lyndi Kuhlman, Jeffrey Teichgraeber, James Curtis, Ann Meredith, Jill Terry Ashley Daniels, Anthony Rampold, Joshua Villhard, Sarah Farias, Joseph Rincker, Paul Walther, Krista Frey, Jacob Scribner, Ian Wilson, Lindsey Gardner, Jessica Sidener, Hannah Wooley
A Reception follows in the Lower Level sponsored by the LWML Prayer Partners and Aid Association for Lutherans. All confirmands and families are invited for refreshments.
Concerning the Custom of Catechism Instruction . . .
In our circles the pastors and ministers of the church are required to instruct and examine the youth publically, a custom which produced good results. (Apology to the Augsburg Confession XV:41)
About Lutherís Small Catechism
No other book apart from the Bible has a deep and abiding influence upon the Christians of the Lutheran faith. You might be interested in the following facts:
Teaching with a catechism is the oldest and longest continuing way to introduce people to the Christian faith. The Apostlesí Creed is the oldest confession used with baptism. There were many catechisms before Lutherís. They often included other sections such as "The Seven Deadly Sins," "The Beatitudes," or "Prayers to the Saints."
The catechism has always included three sections: The Ten Commandments, Apostlesí Creed, and Lordís Prayer. Luther added two sections for Baptism and the Sacrament of the Altar. Later Lutherans added a section for Confession and Absolution.
The catechism consists of the simple texts of the Ten Commandments etc. and simple explanations. The 306 questions in our hardbound editions were not written by Luther. They were added as an explanation.
More than 70% of the Small Catechism is taken from Scripture.
Originally Luther wrote his catechism in the form of posters that could be hung on the wall in the home. Luther wanted the catechism taught in the home. Before each section of the Small Catechism we find these words of Luther: As the Head of the Family Should Teach Them in a Simple Way to His Household
Prayer For Profession of Faith Service
Heavenly Father we give thanks and praise for life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has overcome the power of sin in our lives. Through Your Holy Spirit You have brought us to faith in Jesus and by that same Spirit You will keep us and preserve us in faith.
We pray that You would keep us and preserve us from all evil. We especially pray for these young people. Sanctify them through Your Word. Keep them humble so that they may always approach You as repentant sinners. Fill their hearts and souls with the comfort which Your love and forgiveness offers them in Jesus. May they continue to walk the road of life hand in hand with You, their pathway lighted with the never-failing lamp of Your Word. Give them strength to overcome all temptations. Guide them in all their decisions. Help them make the right choices in life. Give them a strong Christian character that will not yield to sin and false teachings. Lead them in daily prayer, meditation, and Bible study. Draw near to them and bless them. Help them always to show their love for You by their love for their neighbor. Enable them to accept Your call into Christian serviceósome to special and even full-time service as pastors or teachersóand all to the service of discipleship in many different vocations and careers.
Hear us Lord, in all these prayers, according to Your will, in the name of Jesus Ė Who taught us to pray . . .
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