God has given us parents the responsibility, Eph. 6.4, to “Bring up your children in the training and admonition of the Lord.” As our children prepare to become adult members in the church, we have the opportunity to do this especially in three ways:
- Regular Worship.
- Regular Devotion, prayer, and study of God’s Word at home.
- Classroom study of Luther’s Small Catechism.
The major focus of the first year in Confirmation is memorization of the Catechism, and a core of Bible passages for students to know what they believe, why they believe it, and where it’s found in Scripture.
The major focus of the second year in Confirmation is grasping the content of the Bible as it is set forth in the Catechism, and preparing for continuing growth in the faith and active adult membership in the Lutheran Congregation.
Parents, you can expect your pastor to teach the truths of Scripture as they’re outlined in the Catechism, lovingly and earnestly. You should expect free access to any and all classroom sessions. You should expect that your pastor will do his best to teach your children and continue in prayer for them, and share with you any concerns regarding their spiritual growth, wellbeing, and understanding.
I ask that you continue to pray for me, that I teach clearly and faithfully and serve as a good example for your children. I ask that you continue to pray for the children, too—that God’s Word take deep root in their hearts and that they grow in their faith. God be with us as we undertake to prepare our children for eternity with Him!