The Content we Confess as Christians
Several weeks ago I began to make it a practice that in the morning as I sit in the living room on the couch I have my first cup of coffee along with reading through Luther’s Small Catechism and it’s explanation (Concordia House Publishing has this Edition here: http://tinyurl.com/yajpl5o3) This has become one of the precious times as I pray using Martin Luther’s Morning Prayer:
“I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.”
After prayer and reciting the Apostles Creed, Luther tells Christians to go on their way joyfully.
For me, as a new Lutheran, I decided that going on joyfully meant learning more about the faith handed down to us (Jude 1:3). Irenaeus, an Ancient Church Father, wrote in his work Against Heresies, We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, than from those through whom the Gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures, to be the ground and pillar of our faith (AH 3.1.1).