RECONNECT: BACK TO THE BASICS

40 Days of Inspiration Reconnect Study Guide
In the church’s history, a focus on the basic teachings of Christianity was a common practice in Lent’s lifecycle. In the confessions of Lutheran Christians is a document that teaches those essential elements. It is called Luther’s Small Catechism, and contained within is an explanation of the Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Confession, Vocation, and Lord’s Supper. This devotional will provide a summary, discussion questions, and practical application of each section.
 
Please join us this Lenten season as we take a more in depth look at some of the basic building blocks of our faith, devotionals will be posted every Wednesday from February 17th (Ash Wednesday) – March 24th, and on Maundy Thursday.
 
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Reconnect video devotional Digital Campus Content

Reconnect: Table of Duties

Reconnect: Confession

Reconnect: The Lord’s Prayer

Reconnect: The Lord’s Prayer

Reconnect: Apostles’ Creed

Ash Wednesday

The Lord’s Supper

For my birthday every year, I (Chris Andersen) would ask for a porterhouse steak, mash potatoes, corn on the cob, and an ice cold glass of sweet tea. This meal became a staple every year. The steak a nice medium rare, the mash potatoes with country gravy, and the “boiled to perfection” sweet corn with a thin layer of butter applied… If this doesn’t make you hungry, I don’t know what will.
 

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Table of Duties & Vocation

This section of the Small Catechism is unknown to some people, even life-long Lutherans. It is a very pragmatic teaching of our roles and responsibilities as Christian disciples based on unique Scripture passages for each. Luther is focusing on how we disciple through our vocation.

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Confession/Office of the Keys

We live in a world where people at odds try to “cancel” and destroy each other. Take an eye for an eye, exact revenge and retaliation, make power moves over the vulnerable, or silence them through blackmail. I have unfortunately heard “Christians” do those things in the Name of Jesus. Nothing could be further from the Christian truth, hope and will of God.

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Baptism

Baptism is understood and practiced differently in various Christian traditions. Some of the different practices are a Baptist’s view of adult believer’s immersion baptism, an Orthodox’s immersion baptism of a naked oiled down toddler, or a Lutheran’s sprinkling of a baby. (Lutherans actually will baptize anyone of any age in any amount of water anywhere. I (Chris Andersen) have actually baptized an 85 year old woman with a bowl of water in her kitchen).

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The Lord’s Prayer

There are so many aspects to look at when it comes to the Lord’s Prayer. For example, we could examine one specific aspect of this prayer at a time which would include seven petitions, an introduction, and a conclusion. Or we could take time looking at this prayer in its entirety. Both are great ways to look at, examine, and use in our daily life.

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The Apostles’ Creed

The full confession of the Christian faith. From the beginning of time to the reality of today, we find in the creed a proclamation of God’s march through God’s salvation history.

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Ash Wednesday

The Ten Commandments

 
The Ten Commandments are “the Law.” Some people think that is all Christianity is, but they are mistaken. Like many other belief systems, they believe Christianity is about “do’s and don’ts” in order to garner favor with a divine being. God doesn’t operate that way through Christ. Christianity is about understanding the proper function of the Law within the light of God’s Grace.

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