Catechism Class & Confirmation
Catechism Class is a three year program for youth which concludes with Confirmation. We accept children into the program who are beginning 5th grade. Contact Pastor Solum for more information.
Confirmation is a custom of the Church which links the catechumens (those who receive the teaching of God) to their baptism. In baptism we are brought into the faith by the Holy Spirit. In Confirmation we confirm the faith which was given us. That is, we publically confess the promises of God which belong to us in baptism. Confirmation might be an end of formal instruction, but it is not the end of learning and hearing God’s Word. Instead, in order for our faith to flourish and bear fruit, we should delight in God’s Word and meditate on it day and night (Psalm 1:2). That way we stay connected to our baptism, dying to sin and rising to walk in the newness of life (Romans 6).
By confessing their faith in Confirmation, the catechumens are also stating that they are at unity with our faith and thus rightly prepared to commune with us. Martin Luther strongly urged that those who are unwilling to learn, at the very least, the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer, should not be admitted to the Lord’s Supper. This doesn’t only entail memorizing them, but learning what each part says about our Christian life. St. Paul requires us to have a unity of faith with those whom we commune (1 Corinthians 10:16-17). He also warns that improper communion practice can provoke the Lord’s jealousy (10:21) and bring His judgment (11:27). Those who do not examine themselves and eat and drink without discerning the body,eat and drink to their judgment (11:28-29). Out of concern for the wellbeing of all who come to us, we catechize before inviting them to the Lord’s Supper, whether they are a child or adult.
Confirmation is not a sacrament (a visible sign, commanded by God, which gives the forgiveness of sins). But with the command to baptize, Jesus also calls His church to teach people to observe all that He commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus also said, “Whoever confesses me before men, I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32).
With St. Paul’s words, I appeal to you and your children: “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16). Where you fall short repent and remember your baptism, through which the Holy Spirit made His home in you. The Spirit will confirm God’s grace in you, which was won by the work of Christ on the cross, and draw you near again to God’s life-giving promises.