The Small Catechism - The Fundamentals of our Faith

In the preface to Luther's Small Catehism, he writes (very colorfully) why it is necessary for him to write the Catehism. 

The deplorable, miserable condition which I discovered lately when I, too, was a visitor, has forced and urged me to prepare [publish] this Catechism, or Christian doctrine, in this small, plain, simple form. Mercy! Good God! what manifold misery I beheld! The common people, especially in the villages, have no knowledge whatever of Christian doctrine, and, alas! many pastors are altogether incapable and incompetent to teach [so much so, that one is ashamed to speak of it]. Nevertheless, all maintain that they are Christians, have been baptized and receive the [common] holy Sacraments. Yet they [do not understand and] cannot [even] recite either the Lord's Prayer, or the Creed, or the Ten Commandments; they live like dumb brutes and irrational hogs; and yet, now that the Gospel has come, they have nicely learned to abuse all liberty like experts. (http://bookofconcord.org/smallcatechism.php)

The Catehism is still important today for not only confirmands but for all Christians who wish to know the very basics of their faith as well as explore the heart of Martin Luther's own theology.  In 2017, St. John's and St. Thomas spent time during Lent in an intentional study of the Catechism.  Below are some resources for you to use in your study of the Catchism.   

 

Check out these great resources

Augsburg Fortress has developed a free app where you can access the most up-to-date translation of Luther's Small Catechism.  Check it out and did we mention it is free?
 
 
An excellent book that goes into great depth of Luther's Small Catechism.  Check this book out on Amazon and pick up a copy.  You will not be disappoint!
To read the Book of Concord online, check out this site.  The translation is a bit older but still a good resource to use for learning about the defining documents of the German Reformation.  
 

Pastor Matt's sermons series on the Small Catechism:

Or if you can read the print copy of the sermon:

 

Small Catechism - 10 Commandments

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Small Catechism - Apostles' Creed

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Small Catechism - Baptism

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Small Catechism - Holy Communion

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Small Catechism - Lord's Prayer

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