Confirmation

Confirmation is a process of a baptized individual making a confirmation of their baptism. Jesus says in Matthew 28, “Make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Historically, confirmation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church is based upon Luther’s Small Catechism. Our process follows this same tradition and adds a few components to help contextualize our life in faith in the 21st century. We have developed a list of short courses to be flexible for our busy schedules. Each session is offered on Sunday at 10:30  a.m. 

Courses

Bible Overview

Parents and students survey some important Bible stories. Four weeks. This is a prerequisite for all other classes. 

Apostles' Creed

Creeds have become the church’s means of defining God and what we believe about him. The Apostles Creed is the statement of faith confessed in our baptism. May be taken at any time after completion of the Bible Overview class. 

Worship

Worship is the heart of the Christian life. In Worship, God fills us with His Word, His Sacraments, and sends us out into the world by the power of the Spirit to serve each other. In this class, students will learn about the meaning and reasoning behind the rituals of worship. Successful completion of the Lord’s Supper is a requirement to register for this class.

Ten Commandments I, II

Students review the content, history and meaning of the Ten Commandments though two sequential classes. Each class is four weeks. TC I is a prerequisite for TC II. May be taken at any time after completion of the Bible Overview class.

Baptism

Students will learn about the means of grace and how God works through Sacrament to adopt us as His children and how that should inform our lives in vocation. May be taken at any time after completion of the Bible Overview class. 

Big Ideas

Understanding the Bible and our vocation has some big picture ideas. This class is going to discuss four of them: the relationship between scripture and reasons, Law and Gospel, the two kinds of righteousness, and the theology of the cross. Successful completion of the Lord’s Supper is a requirement to register for this class.

Lord's Prayer I, II

An overview of prayer in general and specifically the prayer our Lord taught us to pray. Each class is four weeks. LP I is a prerequisite for LP II. May be taken at any time after completion of the Bible Overview class. 

Lord's Supper

Once the previous courses have been completed then a student may register for Lord’s Supper instruction. Parents are required to attend these classes as well. Successful completion qualifies for an invitation from the Congregation to receive the Supper and the gifts it promises. 

Christian Vocation

Christianity isn’t something that you do once or twice a week for a couple of hours. It’s a worldview that affects every estate of your life. This class discusses the four estates of our vocation and how we serve God and serve neighbor through the practices of stewardship, discipleship and citizenship. Successful completion of the Lord’s Supper is a requirement to register for this class.

2017-2018 Course Schedule

SEMESTER I

 Bible Overview

 September 17 – October 15

Lord’s Prayer I  October 22 – November 12

 Ten Commandments I   

 October 22 – November 12

SEMESTER II

Ten Commandments II    

 January 21 – February 11

Lord’s Prayer II

 January 21 – February 11

Baptism

   March 4 – March 25   

Lord’s Supper

March 4 – March 25
Lord’s Supper

April 15 – May 6

Apostles’ Creed

Big Ideas

April 15 – May 6

April 15 – May 6

 

 

St. James Lutheran Church

2050 N. Fremont St., Chicago, IL, 60614
Phone: 773-525-4990  I  Fax: 773-326-3645
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Sundays at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.  

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