All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17
In the 28th chapter of the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Our Lord Jesus Christ instructs His Church to teach all people everything that He has commanded. Catechesis is another word for this teaching. This teaching is the basis of unity in the Church, as strives to give all the same words to confess our one Lord, one Faith, and one Baptism. At the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer catechesis is offered in many different ways.
General catechesis occurs every Sunday before the Divine Service, starting at 9:30 a.m. This catechesis focuses on Bible History.
For children who have not yet been confirmed there is a graded Sunday Bible School, which also has a Nursery.
For adults and those who have been confirmed there is a Bible Study taught by the Pastor.
Catechesis is especially important for those who are preparing to be confirmed and receive the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar. This catechesis is a longer overview of the chief articles of the Christian Faith.
For the youth catechesis for confirmation is offered on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. This catechesis continues on for two years. The catechumens also prays Vespers after the catechesis.
For adults the pastor is happy to instruct you wherever and whenever it is convenient. No prior knowledge or instruction is needed.
All of our catechesis is structured around the Small Catechism of the Blessed Martin Luther. This handbook of the Christian Faith gives us a faithful summary of all of the elements of the six chief parts: 1) The Ten Commandments, 2) The Creed, 3) The Lord’s Prayer, 4) The Sacrament of Holy Baptism, 5) Confession, 6) The Sacrament of the Altar. All of our catechesis is also informed by the Liturgy and leads us back to it.
The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer also encourages catechesis to continue in the family throughout the week. Weekly memory verses and catechism passages are published for both young and old.