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The Catachism - Table of Duties


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A look at the Table of Duties from Martin Luther's Small Catachism.

A look at the Table of Duties from Martin Luther's Small Catachism.

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  • 1. The Catechism
  • 2. Agenda
    Next Week
  • 3. Introductions
    Who am I and who are these people sharing the table with you
  • 4. Who are we?
    Turn to someone you don’t know and tell them
    Your Name
    Ask them their name and one of the following questions:
    What is the greatest thing you accomplished in the last year
    What is the biggest thing you are looking forward to in the next year
    What city were you born in
    What does your first and last name mean?
    Where did you get your education and what did you focus on or what was your favorite subject
    What is your favorite time of year and why
  • 5. Objective
    Why am I here today
  • 6. Objective: For The Course
    To gain a greater understanding of the Creator of the Universe
    To Gain a greater understanding of the Lutheran understanding of the Christian Faith
  • 7. Discussion
    The Essence of the Thing
  • 8. Prayer Prior to Studying the Bible
    Almighty God, heavenly Father, you give all the gifts of life and living, and you bid us to love you with our heart, soul, mind, and strength. During this time of study and learning and writing, grant to us the protection of your Holy Spirit, that we become neither weary nor proud, and that in all things we might, with our words, bring honor and glory to your Word, Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.Amen.
  • 9. Schedule
    *Feast or Festival
  • 10. Objective: Week Eight Seven
    To gain a greater understanding of “The Christian Life”
  • 11. UnamSanctam, issued by Pope Boniface VIII – Doctrine of the Two Swords
    Bill of Rights Thomas Jefferson – Notes on Virginia, 1782
    John Locke – On the Difference between Civil and Ecclesiastical Power
    John Milton – A Treatise of Civil Power
    James Madison – Letter to F.L. Shaeffer
    John Calvin – Institutions of Christian Religion
    Martin Luther – On Secular Authority
    St. Augustine - The Kingdom of God
    History of the Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms
  • 12. The Two Kingdoms
    Christ is Ruler of Both Kingdoms
    Every Christian is a citizen of both kingdoms
    The Kingdom of Man is a post fall institution given by God to maintain order, administer justice, and restrain evil
    Non-Christians have a right and a place in the Kingdom of Man
    There is tension between the Two Kingdoms
    Render unto Caesar
    Render unto God
    It is God’s intent that until he returns again, the Kingdom of God will dwell in the midst of the Kingdom of Man.
  • 13. The Two Kingdoms
  • 14. Summary of the Two Kingdoms
  • 15. Table of Duties – Bishop / Pastor / Preacher
    A Bishop / Pastor / Preacher must be
    The husband of one wife,
    Of good behavior,
    Given to hospitality,
    Apt to teach;
    Obedient Children
    Faithful to the Word
    Convincing to non-believers
    A Bishop / Pastor / Preacher
    Must Not Be
    A Drunk
    A Hitter
    A novice
    1 Tim 3:2ff & Titus 1:6
  • 16. Table of Duties – Congregants to Bishop / Pastor / Preacher
    Pay their Bishop / Pastor / Preacher enough so he doesn’t need another job to support his family (1 Cor 9:14)
    Share a piece of all the good gifts God has given him (Gal 6:6)
    Double this for the good Bishop / Pastor / Preacher (1 Tim 5:17-18)
    Obedience and Submission to the Bishop / Pastor / Preacher
  • 17. Table of Duties – Civil Governments
    Administer justice
    Terrorize those who are evil
    Approve that which is good
    Avenge those who have been wrong
    Wield the sword against the belligerent
    Acknowledge the source of your power - (Romans 13:1-4)
  • 18. Table of Duties – To Civil Magistrates
    Give to Magistrates that which is there's Matt. 22:21.
    Be Subject to the Higher Powers
    Not to avoid punishment, but because it’s the right thing to do
    Pay Taxes because the state is a minister of God
    Rom. 13:1,5ff.
    Pray, intercede, and give thanks to
    All Men
    Everyone in Authority 1 Tim. 2:1f
    Think of yourself as a subject - Titus 3:1.
    Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake
    King as supreme
    Anyone sent by their authority - 1 Pet. 2:13f
  • 19. Table of Duties – Husbands
    1 Peter 3:7
    Dwell with your wives
    Honor Them
    Treat them like a prized possession
    Treat them as co-heirs to God’s promise (even if they are not)
    Pray for them
    Col 3:9 – Do not be bitter against them
  • 20. Table of Duties - Wives
    Submit yourself to your husband
    Do not fear
    Do Good
    1 Pet. 3:6; Eph. 5:22
  • 21. Table of Duties – Parents
    Do not Provoke your children
    Teach your Children
    Nurture your Children
    Eph 6:4
  • 22. Table of Duties - Children
    Obey your Parents
    Honor your Parents
    Eph. 6:1-3
  • 23. Table of Duties – Employees
    Obey your Boss as per the kingdom of man
    Fear them
    Serve them with the singleness that you sever Christ
    not with eye-service
    Serve from your heart
    Serve with good will
    Realize that God will bless you as you bless your boss
    Eph. 6:5ff ; Col. 3:22
  • 24. Table of Duties – Employers
    Treat your employees the same way you are to treat your boss
    If you don’t have a boss; God is your boss.
    Eph. 6:9; Col. 4:1.
  • 25. Table of Duties – Young People
    Submit yourselves unto the older people
    Be subject one to another
    Act humble
    Show love to the humbled.
    Place yourself under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time.
    1 Pet. 5:5-6.
  • 26. Table of Duties – Widows
    Trust in God
    Pray during the day
    Pray during the evening
    1 Tim. 5:5-6.
  • 27. Table of Duties - Everyone
    Love everyone as you would love yourself – Rom. 13:8ff
    Pray for everyone – 1 Tim. 2:1-2
  • 28. Christian Questions & Answers
    Do you believe that you are a sinner? - Yes, I believe it. I am a sinner.
    How do you know this? - From the Ten Commandments, which I have not kept.
    Are you sorry for your sins? - Yes, I am sorry that I have sinned against God.
    What have you deserved from God because of your sins?- His wrath and displeasure, temporal death, and eternal damnation. See Romans 6:21,23.
    Do you hope to be saved?- Yes, that is my hope.
    In whom then do you trust? - In my dear Lord Jesus Christ.
    Who is Christ? - The Son of God, true God and man.
    How many Gods are there? - Only one, but there are three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    What has Christ done for you that you trust in Him? - He died for me and shed His blood for me on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.
    Did the Father also die for you?- He did not. The Father is God only, as is the Holy Spirit; but the Son is both true God and true man. He died for me and shed his blood for me.
    How do you know this? - From the holy Gospel, from the words instituting the Sacrament, and by His body and blood given me as a pledge in the Sacrament.