Always beginning with prayer and concluding with song, the twelve lessons in this study book provide biblical instruction concerning: The Ten Commandments; Holy Baptism; The Apostles' Creed; The Lord's Supper; The Lord's Prayer; plus, Confession and Absolution.
With great detail, Kirsi I. Stjerna introduces and annotates Luther’s Large Catechism, which the reformer offered as a radical reorientation in the matters of theology and spirituality. After diagnosing what appeared to him as his church’s failures to provide proper spiritual care, Luther set out to offer a new compass for religious life. The sweeping reforms he proposed took root primarily through preaching and education as people embraced the new vision and transmitted it to their children. He believed all Christian people—laity and clergy—needed a guide to comprehend the basic biblical, creedal, and sacramental teachings. The order with which Luther proceeds in the Large Catechism is deliberate, with a distinct theological rationale; the Commandments express God’s expectations; the Creed proclaims God’s promise; the Lord’s Prayer translates law and gospel into a personal discourse with God; and the sacraments offer tangible expressions of God’s grace and signs to lean on in faith. This volume is excerpted from The Annotated Luther series, Volume 2. Each volume in the series contains extensive annotations, illustrations, and notes to help shed light on Luther’s context and to interpret his writings for today.
Author: G. I. Williamson
Publisher: P & R Publishing
Release Date: 1993
"The Heidelberg Catechism is one of the finest creeds of the Reformation period. A faithful teacher of millions, it has stood the test of time and is still, today, one of the best tools available for learning what it means to be a Christian. This study guide on the Catechism includes all 129 questions and answers, along with clear exposition and questions for review, further study, and discussion"--Publisher's description.
Author: Martin Luther
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Release Date: 2000
When asked by his barber and good friend, Peter Beskendorf, for some practical guidance on how to prepare oneself for prayer, Luther responded by writing this brief treatise, first published in the spring of 1535. After 500 years, his instruction continues to offer words of spiritual nurture for us today.
Translated by F. Bente and W. H. T. Dau. For it is undeniable that many topics of Christian doctrine whose existence in the Church is of the greatest moment have been brought to view by our theologians and explained; in reference to which we are not disposed here to recount under what sort of opinions, and how dangerous, they formerly lay covered in the writings of the monks, canonists, and sophistical theologians. [This may have to be done later.] We have the public testimonials of many good men, who give God thanks for this greatest blessing, namely, that concerning many necessary topics it has taught better things than are read everywhere in the books of our adversaries.
This beautifully bound volume contains personal prayers for almost every life circumstance, including: Prayers for morning and evening; Our life of worship; Throughout the church year; For the church; For the nation and the world; For family and neighbors; For the sick, convalescing, and the dying; Personal prayers and more Cover is stamped with Luther's rose and is imprintible. Includes presentation page and ribbon bookmark.
Demonstrates how God calls all individuals to express meaning and purpose through a career, sharing spiritual insights into finding relevance in cutthroat professional environments and staying true to Christian values in spite of competition.