Education

At Christ Lutheran Church, we offer weekly Bible and discussion classes which allow you to grow in your faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ and what he's done for you. As the prayer puts it, we should take every opportunity to "read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest" the Holy Scriptures. Consider joining one of our classes this month!

Opportunities for Adults

Sunday Morning Bible Class Resumes September 10

Thursday Mornings at Trinity Lutheran, 9:30am-10:30am

Pastor Schilbe leads the morning Bible Class at Trinity (222 6th Avenue SW, Rochester). To commemorate Reformation 500, on June 8, Pastor Schilbe will begin leading an in-depth study of the Smalcald Articles (one of our Lutheran Confessional documents). Written in 1536, at a time when Luther believed the end of his life to be near, the Smalcald Articles are his own declaration of faith, characterized by evangelical fervor and uncompromising conviction. In each article, Luther's strong voice is heard, especially his bold defiance of all the forces that would seek to destroy the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Together, we'll review Reformation history and Lutheran teachings by exploring the Smalcald Articles.

Children's Sunday School

All children three years of age by September 1 and toilet trained are invited to come to Sunday School! Sunday School begins at 8:45am. The weekly lessons use "Growing in Christ," published by Concordia Publishing House.

Sunday School Resumes September 10

Confirmation

Confirmation is a "public rite (ceremony) of the Church that is preceded by a period of instruction designed to help baptized Christians identify with the life and mission of the Christian community. Having been instructed in the Christian faith prior to admission to the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:28), the rite of Confirmation provides an opportunity for the individual Christian, relying on God's promise of Holy Baptism, to make a personal public confession of the faith and a lifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ" (Lutheran Worship: Altar Book, pg. 33).

Youth: The goal of this class is to prepare members of Christ Lutheran Church in the 7th and 8th Grades for the Rite of Confirmation. Confirmation instruction is a two year program which culminates in Confirmation for students in 8th Grade. The class meets on Wednesday afternoons at 5 pm until 6 pm and the class follows the public school academic schedule. In Year A, students are provided an overview of the Old and New Testaments. Luther's Small Catechism is studied deeper in Year B. During Year A, students will memorize the Ten Commandments, Apostles' Creed, and Lord's Prayer (including explanations); during Year B, students will memorize Baptism, Confession, the Lord's Supper, Bible verses, and hymn stanzas. At the conclusion of Year A, students will recite the primary texts of the Ten Commandments, Apostles' Creed, and Lord's Prayer (not Luther's explanations) from memory in front of the Pastor and parents. Confirmands and their families are encouraged to attend Pastor's Adult Bible Class each Sunday as well as to be regularly in God's house for public worship. Homework may be given in the form of exercises from "A Bible History: Student Workbook," worship service and sermon written analyses, memory work, or other types of assignments given at Pastor's discretion. The class reviews assigned homework during class. Oral and written tests are periodically given.

Adult: Confirmation classes, usually lasting fourteen weeks, are taught by Pastor Schilbe upon request. Those interested in becoming members who might be already confirmed members of non-Lutheran denominations are asked to attend the class. During the class, discussion revolves around Christian topics such as: the Bible, God, the Fall of Man, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Church, Prayer, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, Confession and Absolution, Eschatology, Worship, and Stewardship. In addition to Luther's Small Catechism and other class materials, each class member is given a copy of "Why I Am a Lutheran: Jesus at the Center," a brief book which reinforces class teachings.

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