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Monday, November 12, 2007

Large Catechism Study Questions

Here is the "assignment" for the Large Catechism, 3rd and 4th Petitions of the Lord's Prayer. See the previous post for links to the Large Catechism text.

Read in the Large Catechism the Lord’s Prayer The Third
Petition, pages 145 to 417 and answer the following questions:

1. What are some ways in which the devil opposes and blocks the fulfillment of God’s will?

2. Why should Christians expect the devil and his angels along with the world to be our enemies?

3. In paragraph 65 Luther speaks of the blessed holy cross. From the context, tell what specifically he is referring to. (See also Matthew 16:24-27)

4. What should we be ready to sacrifice?

5. Read again the verses of “A Mighty Fortress” on page 2 of this study guide. From these words and the Large Catechism, describe what God uses to ensure His will is done.

6. Read John 6:40. What is God’s will?

Read in the Large Catechism The Fourth Petition pages 417-418.

1. Can you think of historical or modern instances that illustrate well how a disruption in domestic and civil relationships interfere with the necessities of life?

2. Here and in the Small Catechism, Luther gives a seemingly exhaustive list of stuff included under “Daily Bread.” Considering our 21st Century’s wider awareness of the necessities of life, can you add to the list?

3. Why would it be fitting for the coat of arms of the prince to feature a loaf of bread?

4. Why is it said that this petition directed especially against the devil?

5. Review the Small Catechism on this petition (p. 335) and Psalm 145:15-16. Is God just waiting for us to pray so that He can give us what we need?

Read in the Large Catechism the Fifth Petition pages 418-420

1. Is God pacing around in heaven just waiting for sinners to repent and ask for forgiveness so that He can have mercy on them? When does God give forgiveness?

2. Then what purpose does it serve for us to ask for forgiveness again and again?

3. Why is God purposefully trying to break our pride and keep us in humility?

4. What makes us confident in heart enough to stand before God and pray?

5. How does the clause “as we forgive those who trespass against us” serve as a sign to strengthen and comfort us?

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