Christian Education & Catechesis

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children…”
-Deuteronomy 6:6-7a
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
-Matthew 28:19-20a
 “You word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
-Psalm 119:105
“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.
Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
-1 Timothy 4:16

 




CrossConcordia considers the teaching of God’s Word to be essential to faithful ministry. In support of Christian parents, who are the most important teachers of the faith for their children, and to strengthen the faith of all God’s people, Concordia offers various opportunities to gather together for such study. Join us some time, as we grow together in Christ!


Sunday Morning

Pre-Confirmation (3yrs – 5h grade): Beginning in Room #4

Post-Confirmation (6th grade – High School): Conference Room

Pastor’s Class: Fellowship Hall

No matter your age, there is a Sunday morning study designed for you. Every Sunday, each class considers the very same Bible Story, and from that story, age-appropriate lessons are taught to the participants to hand over the faith, and always to point us to God’s promises in Christ.

Sunday School  With the younger children we focus on learning the stories of the faith, and the language of the faith. This includes learning by heart the texts of the Small Catechism, but always connecting them to a biblical narrative to plant them firmly into the heart of the children. Classically speaking, this is the grammar stage.

For our older children and youth, we focus on the meaning of the stories, and the content of the teaching. What does this mean? And why does it matter? These are the questions at the heart of the instruction of our post-confirmation students. They are in the logic stage.

Finally, with the adults, who will remain in the rhetoric stage of learning throughout their lives, Pastor Truwe leads the study in order to help equip them to be able to speak and bear witness to the truth of God’s Word in the context of their own vocations. And what is more, since every class has begun with the same story, the parents have been equipped with Pastor Truwe to confidently discuss that week’s story with their children, and to continue to help God’s Word take root in their hearts.

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
-John 8:31b-32

Wednesdays in the Word – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday's in the WordWednesday Evenings during the school year, Pastor Rudsenske leads this in-depth study of God’s Word. Everyone is welcome to join us, and all materials are provided. We’ll study a book of the Bible, a doctrinal topic, or see what Holy Scripture has to say about an issue of current events. Refreshments are always served, the study is always edifying, and the fellowship is always fantastic!

 

“We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word,
but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.”
– Luther’s Small Catechism: The Meaning of the Third Commandment

Adult Catechesis

Are you new to the Lutheran Church, or just needing a refresher? Pastor Truwe offers individual catechesis (instruction) to those who desire to learn what the Lutheran Church believes, teaches & confesses from Holy Scripture. While many will choose to join Concordia as a result of this instruction, there is no obligation to simply study God’s Word with Pastor Rudsenske. We simply pray that you will find the Lutheran Confession to be faithful to the Word of God. In which case, we would love to be your spiritual home! Call Pastor Rudsenske, or send him an email, if you would like to study (731-668-0757; concordiajaxn.pastor@gmail.com).

 

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