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OSHI Confirmation An Introduction to Confirmation and the Bible

Welcome to Confirmation Class! We're so glad you've joined us and look forward to growing in faith with you! Today, we'll explore what Confirmation Class is all about and discover how God's Word, the Bible, is the most important story in all the world.

Opening Prayer

Dear God, Thank you for This opportunity to grow in faith and giving us your Word, the story of all things. Help us to open its pages and learn from you all of our days. Amen.

What is Confirmation?

During Confirmation Class, we discover what the Bible means for us and our lives. We dig into what we believe as Christians, so with the power of the Holy Spirit we can proclaim: "THIS IS MY FAITH! THIS IS MY SAVIOR!"

The Bible and the Catechism

During Confirmation Class, we use two books. The first and most important is the Bible, God's Word for us. It tells us about the story of all things. From creation to the cross and empty grave, Jesus is at the center of it all.

The second is Luther's Small Catechism. The catechism is a small book written by Martin Luther that summarizes what the Bible says and what Christians believe. It has six main or "chief" parts we'll explore during our time together. Can you figure out what the 6 chief parts are by looking at the online Small Catechism?

Teaching

The purpose of the Bible is to lead us to Jesus and show us how to live. Watch this video of Pastor Mitch explaining what the Bible is all about!

The Bible is God's Word for us; God is the one author. God used many kinds of people to write the Bible: fishermen, tax collectors, shepherds, kings, Jewish rabbis, prophets, and people from many walks of life. In total, God used forty different people! We have special names for some of the different types of people. The Old Testament includes many books written by prophets or messengers of God. The New Testament includes books written by apostles (Jesus' followers) and many letters called epistles.

The first books of the Bible were written about 1450 BC. These are the books of Moses. The last book of the Bible, Revelation, was written approximately 96 A.D.
What does Luther's Small Catechism say about the Bible?

What is the Bible? "The Bible gathers together the writings of God's chosen prophets and apostles over a period of more than a thousand years. Through the Holy Spirit, God Himself gave these writers the thoughts and words they recorded (verbal inspiration), such that the Bible is God's Word. For this reason, the Scriptures are both infallible (incapable of error) and inerrant (containing no mistakes). Holy Scripture is therefore entirely reliable and gives us everything we need to know and believe for Christian faith and life."

The two main teachings of the Bible are Law and Gospel. The Law shows our sins. The Gospel shows us Our Savior.

Key Bible Passages

Find and highlight these verses in your Bible. Try to memorize one.

  • Psalm 1:2 His delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.
  • Proverbs 30:5 ESV Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
  • John 20:31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
  • Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Homework

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Closing Prayer

Dear Jesus, Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path (Pslam 119:105). May it be my guide for all my days. Amen.

Bible references from the HCSB unless noted. The .pdf graphics are from Concordia Publishing House 60-Lesson Confirmation Bonus Resources | Enduring Faith Confirmation Curriculum.