Education

At Christ Lutheran Church, we offer weekly Bible and discussion classes which allow you to grow in your faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ and what he's done for you. As the prayer puts it, we should take every opportunity to "read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest" the Holy Scriptures. Consider joining one of our classes this month!

Opportunities for Adults

Sunday Morning Bible Class

Classes for all ages begin at 8:45am. Pastor's Adult Class will combine with the Youth Instruction Class and together will spend the year reviewing Bible history. Lesson topics for January are the King David, King Solomon, Elijah, and Elisha.

Thursday Mornings at Trinity Lutheran, 9:30am-10:30am

Pastor Schilbe leads the morning Bible Class at Trinity (222 6th Avenue SW, Rochester). The Thursday Bible Class begins a new topic on January 11. We will study 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel. Spanning the events of just over one hundred years, 1 and 2 Samuel describe a time when Israel rebelled against God, demanding an earthly king to lead her. However, these books also tell the story of how a merciful God intervened to usher in the reign of King David, Israel's greatest king and an ancestor of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1-16). The Bible Study begins at 9:30am (donuts served at 9am) and meets in Trinity's Faith and Family Center (basement). The class meets on January 4 with a special Christmas themed Bible Class.

Children's Sunday School

All children three years of age by September 1 and toilet trained are invited to come to Sunday School! Sunday School begins at 8:45am. The weekly lessons use "Growing in Christ," published by Concordia Publishing House. Lessons for January are: Jonah, Hezekiah, Jeremiah, Three Men in the Fiery Furnace.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a "public rite (ceremony) of the Church that is preceded by a period of instruction designed to help baptized Christians identify with the life and mission of the Christian community. Having been instructed in the Christian faith prior to admission to the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:28), the rite of Confirmation provides an opportunity for the individual Christian, relying on God's promise of Holy Baptism, to make a personal public confession of the faith and a lifelong pledge of fidelity to Christ" (Lutheran Worship: Altar Book, pg. 33).

Youth: The goal of this class is to prepare members of Christ Lutheran Church in the 7th and 8th Grades for the Rite of Confirmation. Confirmation instruction is a two year program which culminates in Confirmation for students in 8th Grade. The class meets on Wednesday afternoons at 5 pm until 6 pm and the class follows the public school academic schedule. In Year A, students are provided an overview of the Old and New Testaments. Luther's Small Catechism is studied deeper in Year B. During Year A, students will memorize the Ten Commandments, Apostles' Creed, and Lord's Prayer (including explanations); during Year B, students will memorize Baptism, Confession, the Lord's Supper, Bible verses, and hymn stanzas. At the conclusion of Year A, students will recite the primary texts of the Ten Commandments, Apostles' Creed, and Lord's Prayer (not Luther's explanations) from memory in front of the Pastor and parents. Confirmands and their families are encouraged to attend Pastor's Adult Bible Class each Sunday as well as to be regularly in God's house for public worship. Homework may be given in the form of exercises from "A Bible History: Student Workbook," worship service and sermon written analyses, memory work, or other types of assignments given at Pastor's discretion. The class reviews assigned homework during class. Oral and written tests are periodically given.

Adult: Confirmation classes, usually lasting fourteen weeks, are taught by Pastor Schilbe upon request. Those interested in becoming members who might be already confirmed members of non-Lutheran denominations are asked to attend the class. During the class, discussion revolves around Christian topics such as: the Bible, God, the Fall of Man, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Church, Prayer, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, Confession and Absolution, Eschatology, Worship, and Stewardship. In addition to Luther's Small Catechism and other class materials, each class member is given a copy of "Why I Am a Lutheran: Jesus at the Center," a brief book which reinforces class teachings.

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