Luther’s Small Catechism reviews the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the Office of the Keys and Confession and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. It is included in the Book of Concord as an authoritative statement of what Lutherans believe. In addition to Luther’s Small Catechism in book form, it can be found in the Evangelical Book of Worship, page 1160. There is also a downloadable free phone app.
History of the Reformation and Martin Luther
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
The YouTube video clip is from the 1965 film The Ten Commandments produced and directed by Cecil B. Demille. The clip shows Moses on the mountain as God inscribes the commandments on stone by fire. You can check out the commandments/meanings via the link.
Preview the Ten Commandments slideshow created by the Catechism youth as a learning activity.
THE APOSTLE’S CREED
Select Apostle’s Creed link to further explore the Articles from Luther’s Small Catechism.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Refer to Luther’s explanation of the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer by selecting the Small Catechism link.
The catechism youth created a Lord’s Prayer Keychain with beads and a cross where the colors and cross have meanings relational to the Lord’s Prayer.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM
Select the Holy Baptism link to review what it is, what gift or benefit it grants, what water can do, it’s significance and where it is written.
Click on the link Frequently Asked Questions for the Lutheran story about Baptism.
To view the slides created by the Catechism youth, select the Baptism link. Find out what Baptism means to them.
Select the Sacrament of the Altar link to review what Luther’s Small Catechism has to say.