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Week 12: Sacraments! Baptism!

The first of our two sacraments that we’re going to look at is Baptism, find out more by clicking HERE. (BTW the video is from a Methodist perspective, but ours is extremely similar).

Reflection Questions:

  1. Do you know what is your Baptism date? Do you do anything to mark the occasion? Ask your parents about what they remember about that day - and special stories? Did you cry? Did you wear a special baptismal gown?

  2. One baptismal hymn in our hymnal goes: “I’'m going on a journey, and I’m starting today. My head is wet, and I’m on my way.” Name a way that you have remembered your baptism in your daily life (in “walking wet,” as some have said).

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Week 11: 3rd Article of the AP

Click here for the lesson:

3rd Article of the AP

And click here for a new video! (The one on the website no longer exists!)

Reflection Questions:

  1. In the Gospel of John, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as an Advocate who is present in our lives.  What is one way that you have seen the Holy Spirit active in your life, in the life of a neighbor or friend or in the world, in the last few weeks?

  2. How does it make you feel to know that God can and will forgive you when you make a mistake?

  3. The Holy Spirit is sometimes described as a dove, a fire, a wind, and a comforter. What are some other names of the Holy Spirit that you might use?

Next week we start on the Sacraments! Bonus points if you can also name which 2 sacraments we as Lutherans celebrate!

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Week 10: 2nd Article of the Apostle's Creed

Read more by clicking on the link here:

2nd Article of the AP

Reflection Questions:

  1. Why do you think the second article of the Apostle’s Creed focuses on both the details of Jesus’ humanity and the his divinity? (Jesus being fully human and fully God) Why does this matter, and why should this matter?

  2. Jesus comes into the world to live, to teach, to die and to rise to save us…. but the creed doesn’t really dwell much on Jesus’ life. If you were to add one sentence to the Creed describing what Jesus did during his earthly ministry, what would you write? and why did you include what you did?

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Week 9: 1st Article of the Apostle's Creed

Click here for the link to learn more:

1st Article of the AP

Reflection Questions:

  1. What does it mean to you that God looked at all that God had made and saw that it was good?

  2. Some people think believing in a Creating God is at odds with scientific theories about creation.  In your opinion, is there room for the two approaches to coexist?  Why or why not?

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Week 8: The Apostle's Creed

Congratulations, we’ve made it through all of the Ten Commandments together! Great job! Now we will be moving on to the Apostle’s creed. Click on the link below for an intro to our next part of the Small Catechism.

Intro to the Apostle’s Creed

Reflection Questions:

  1. Look up one of the other Creeds the ELCA subscribes to (Nicene Creed or the Athanasian Creed) and compare it to the Apostle’s Creed. Name one thing that is different than the Apostle’s Creed that surprised you. Do you have a preference between one of these Creeds?

  2. In many churches, the Apostle’s Creed is read after the sermon and hymn of the day. Why do you think it is included in that part of the service and not, say, at the beginning or the end?

  3. Write your own creed: pick one part of the Trinity (God the Creator, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit) and write a tweet-length statement of what you believe.

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Week 7: Commandments 9 & 10

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, and READ

Commandments 9 & 10

REFLECTION QUESTIONS (Pick one and answer below):

  1. In some traditions, Commandments 9 & 10 are together and considered to be one commandment. Do you agree with Martin Luther’s choice to separate the too? Are you convinced that they are different? Why or why not?

  2. Out of all 10 Commandments, which one to you struggle with the most?

  3. It’s so easy to covet other peoples lives on social media, because we tend to only put forward our most edited selves. When have you discovered that the “perfect life” that someone else lived wasn’t so perfect after all?

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WEEK 6: ALL SAINTS SUNDAY (Commandments 7 & 8)

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, READ AND WATCH THE VIDEO (IGNORE THE QUIZ):

Commandments 7 & 8

REFLECTION QUESTIONS (Pick one and answer below):

  1. “Something for nothing…” “my fair share”…. “I’m entitled to…” “bottom dollar price”.. Name some of the messages we hear in our advertising, media, shows, and movies and how they might be considered “stealing” from someone, according to Luther’s explanation of the 7th Commandment. Or name some ways that businesses are trying to go against these messages.

  2. What happens when you go about your day with the “Best Possible Light” glasses (judging peoples actions by interpreting them in the best possible light)? How does that change your mood, your actions, and your attitude toward other human beings?

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Week 5 (Oct. 28.. REFORMATION SUNDAY!!) Commandments 5 & 6

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, READ AND WATCH THE VIDEO (IGNORE THE QUIZ):

Commandments 5 & 6

REFLECTION QUESTIONS (Pick one and answer below):

1. Luther suggests that killing doesn’t mean simply ending someone’s life.. instead we are to help and support them in life’s needs. What examples you see the needs around you of the needs of others being ignored? (Feel free to cite what’s happening in the news)

2. Luther once said that our spouse was our nearest neighbor… what does that mean? What does this look like? (Hint… Jesus said the greatest commandment was to “Love God… AND love our neighbors as ourselves”). For further reflection, see Pastor Lydia’s sermon from October 7th, 2018 here.

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Week 4 (Oct. 21): Commandments 3 & 4

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, READ AND WATCH THE VIDEO (IGNORE THE QUIZ):

Commandments 3 & 4

REFLECTION QUESTIONS (Pick one and answer below)

1. Why do you think God commanded the people to take one day of rest each week? What happens to people (or you!) who are so driven at work or school or extra curriculars that they rarely take a break?

2. Luther interpreted the Third Commandment as more than a day off. How do you understand Sabbath in our world today, especially with social media and technology? Do you ever need take a “Media Break”?

3. “Honor your father and your mother” is the only commandment that comes with a promise attached. Does the promise change your understanding of the commandment?

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WEEK 3 (Week of Oct. 14): Commandments 1 & 2

CLICK THE LINK BELOW, READ AND WATCH THE VIDEO (IGNORE THE QUIZ):

10 Commandments: 1st and 2nd

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: (Pick one and answer below)

1. Thinking about the news events of the last few weeks, how have people been breaking or keeping these commandments?

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2. How can each of these good things become a ‘god’ if we are not careful?

(Money, Stuff, another person, Sports, Hobbies, Success, Fame, Family)

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3. What is competing with God for first place in your life?

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WEEK 1: Intro to the Small Catechism

Welcome to the first week of posts for our online confirmation experiment!

WEEK 1 LESSON

Read the lessons on this link, watch the videos (ignore the part about the quiz), then answer this reflection question:

Week 1:

What other aspects of the Christian faith would you include if you were writing your own Catechism and why are they important to you? (some hints to get you started: the 23rd Psalm, your favorite hymn, your favorite meal prayer/ bedtime prayer…)

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Welcome to FOG's First Inter-generational Confirmation!

2018-2019 CONFIRMATION YEAR

For the 2018-19 program year, FOG is pioneering an inter-generational confirmation curriculum that combines the usual confirmation lessons (Small Catechism, Bible, service, worship participation) in a combination of in-person and on-line forums. Our special year will include weekly on-line Catechism lessons, combined with reflection questions, a crash-course in the Bible during Lent, worship notes, service opportunities, and much more! Come back to this page to follow along with each weekly lesson!


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