We used a book entitled “By Heart”. While extremely well written, it was not a casual read. And Pastor received difficult questions – Do we go to heaven when we die or are all believers raised at the same time at the second coming of Christ? We had a great discussion about the Holy Spirit. This is not a light conversation over coffee.
As you know, the Small Catechism was written for discussions at home between parents and children about faith. It addresses the Ten Commandments, The Apostles Creed, The Lord’s prayer, Baptism and Confession, and Holy Communion.
The role of God’s grace and the law are fundamental themes in Small Catechism.
We read “By Heart” during the week and came to the weekly study with our questions. Pastor would provoke us with questions, like he does at the Sunday services. There was an openness and sharing; no one was an expert and we were here to learn. (of course, we always had the excuse that due to advancing years, we knew the answer but it would take a while to recall).
Does it make a difference if you know what the Small Catechism says? Well, after the course, parts of the worship service begin to have more meaning. But the true revelation is what Christ being both man and God really means.