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Luther's Small Catechism

At the end of the 20th Century Life Magazine published two lists, one that identified the ten most important events, the other identifying the 100 most important people, in the last thousand years.

Martin Luther was number three on the top 10 list, and Martin Luther and the development of a major new religion were number three on the top 100 list.

Luther in 1517 was only 34 years old when he launched the Reformation by posting his famous 95 theses on the castle church door.

Throughout the rest of his life, until his death in 1546 at age 63, Luther wrote a prodigious number of works. He translated the German Bible, wrote commentaries on many of the Bible’s books and wrote a number of popular hymns (e.g., “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,”  “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”) and many other works.

Luther was deeply concerned about the lack of basic Christian teachings among the people. This concern led him to prepare The Small Catechism in 1529, which was originally printed as large wall charts and later published as an illustrated booklet. This included questions and answers on the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Sacraments, together with suggested prayers for morning, evening, and mealtimes. Luther's primary desire was to equip Christian parents to lay a foundation of faith for their children.

Even after five hundred years, Martin Luther's Small Catechism is still a suitable tool for teaching the fundamentals of the Christian faith in a way that is both doctrinal and devotional. It teaches about repentance, faith, and personal godliness and seeks to make knowledge a matter of the heart as well as the head.

For that matter... this is good stuff for adults.

On the following pages you will find updated versions of Luther's Small Catechism. They are also presented in printable versions for use in family devotionals and Bible study with your children.

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Hebrews 10:35-36

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