Great Stuff — Faith, Family and the Catechism

Here is an article by Bart Day found over on


1346000_72058318-300x238In the midst of all the busyness of life–running kids to soccer practice, making supper, getting to confirmation, buying groceries–we run the risk of losing our firm grounding as families if we forget about what binds us together as a family under God: not the blood of kin, but the waters of Holy Baptism.

In a society where families crumble at a rapid rate, where traditional Christian family values are increasingly less popular and frequently under direct attack, it is all the more important to remind ourselves that we are only as strong as the faith that unites us. The world simply cannot grasp the great benefits God has given us in a loving, committed, monogamous marriage between man and women, who fruitfully fill the earth with their children (as they are healthy and able). God makes our families through the natural order of creation, He sustains our families with His many gifts and He commands us to make our faith in Him central to the life of our families, lest we forget about these great blessings to us.

One way to emphasize this is by incorporating faith into your family devotional life, especially the Small Catechism, which was designed for that very purpose. When Luther wrote his Small Catechism, he introduced each part with the phrase, “As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way in the household.”


  • To remind us that fathers (and mothers) have a responsibility for bringing their children up in the faith.
  • To remind children that they have a far greater Father in heaven who can do for them what their sinful, frail parents cannot.
  • To remind us all that our families are only as strong as the bond we have in Christ.

So use the catechism for that reason. Read it, talk about it, pray about it, find in it something that will make your family stronger and healthier spiritually, just as God intended it to be.


The Rev. Bart Day is executive director of the Office of National Mission and interim Chief Mission Officer.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord,, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at


Great Stuff — Faith, Family and the Catechism — 4 Comments

  1. I’m firmly convinced that this is one of the biggest reasons for Christians departing from orthodox, confessional Christianity and running to either the hollow glitz of American evangelicalism, liberal “Christian-in-name-only” churches, or even departing from Christianity altogether.

    When children are brought up in a home where Christian doctrine and practice are emphasized regularly, departure from the faith is far, far less likely.

  2. Great post! In my family devotions we follow the Small Catechism schedule in Lutheran Catechesis by Concordia Catechetical Academy that I bought at a teachers conference. I like how it is broken up by weeks and age levels. We have a 9, 6, 4, and 1 year old and the three older ones are memorizing parts of the catechism. They will have most of the six chief parts memorized before they reach confirmation age.

  3. Hey T.R.,
    Well said by both you & Pastor Day. The head of the home, should, however, that isn’t always possible, & at times, He chooses His ways. A child, from 2-102, will always be wayward. I brings joy & blessings, to see a child, in thought, then word, then deed, choose wisely! Never judge, if the weaker vessel, is the one, who does so. Not supposed to be, however, He can use whomever, He chooses, can’t He? So glad to see ya again.

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