PRINCE OF PEACE EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL CONFIRMATION EXAMINATION
MARTIN LUTHER was born in a. 1547 in Rome, Italy b. 1483 in Eisleben, Germany c. 1898 in Cleveland, Ohio Becoming and living as a monk did this for Luther … a. Increased his anger and frustration with God’s holiness b. Gave him the peace he needed c. Made earning heaven easier
In Luther’s day (as in ours) the sale of “indulgences” was going on. What’s an indulgence? What life altering news did Luther discover while reading the Bible? a.Those who do enough good will go to heaven. b. In Christ a righteousness from God is revealed. c. He should start his own religion.
Why the cross at the center? Why is the cross black?
Explain why the heart is a part of the seal: Why is the heart RED?
Why the color BLUE for the background? Why do you have sure hope?
Why the golden ring or circle around the seal? Until heaven … what are you and I to be “doing” i.e. the leaves are often what color and why?
“Here I Stand” Discuss the reason for these most definitive words of Luther. Discuss the significance of these words for YOU … a modern day Christian.
What do we know about God, without the Bible? From Nature / Creation: From conscience: Why do we ultimately need the Bible?
Into how many PARTS is the Bible divided? What are the names of those parts? How many books are in the Bible? a. 66b. 60 c. 75
What language was the Old Testament written in? What language was the New Testament written in? How many books are in the Old Testament? How many books are in the New Testament?
Whom did God inspire to write the books of the Old Testament? Whom did God inspire to write the books of the New Testament?
EVALUATE: “All Scripture is “inspired” in the same sense that someone is inspired to write poetry, etc. The Holy Scriptures were written by well- intentioned men of God. They wrote what they believed to be from God, but they were also affected by the cultural beliefs and influences of their times.” What’s this Evangelical Lutheran Church of America statement say about the Bible? Is that what the Bible says of itself?
So the verbally inspired Bible means: A.The main thoughts in the Bible came from God. B. God gave the general outline and man filled in the rest. C. Every word in the Bible comes from God.
What is the CHIEF purpose of the Law? HOW US UR IN
No one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
What does God teach us by His Gospel? A. Whoever believes in Jesus has forgiveness of sins and eternal life. B. Whoever believes and does enough good works will go to heaven. C. Whoever lives a good life earns salvation.
God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
KEY TERM What does the word “Gospel” mean? In what two ways did God give us His LAW? Natural Law – written on ___ Written Law – written in ____
Who is the “only true God?” “The only True God is …” KEY TERM What does the term “triune” mean?
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
If one were to diagram the Triune God such as this What word(s) would you place in the solid “blue” blanks? What word(s) would you place in the broken line “red” blanks?
What is the FIRST commandment? What does God demand WE DO in this first commandment? How do we break this commandment? “Open Idolatry” -- “Secret Idolatry”--
Have you ever broken the FIRST COMMANDMENT? Unfortunately, HOW OFTEN? Give a modern day example of how someone might fear something else ABOVE God: Will you be entering God’s heaven based on your performance of this commandment?
What is the SECOND commandment? What is God’s name? Why did God give us His name?
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How are we to use God’s name properly? How are we FORBIDDEN to use God’s name? What’s “at stake” when God’s name is misused?
What is the THIRD commandment? What does the word “sabbath” mean? How does Jesus give us true Sabbath-rest for our souls?
What are the three PURPOSES for which God gave us sex and marriage? CCCCCCCCCCCC hildren ompanionship hastity
How do married people keep this commandment? How do married people break this commandment? 1.2. What are typical ways ALL people, married or unmarried, break this commandment?
What is the SEVENTH commandment? Who is the owner and giver of EVERYTHING? PSALM 24:1 says: The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.
What is a “steward”? HOW are we God’s stewards? We are stewards of “our” … TTTTTTTTTTTT ime alents reasure
All of which comes from ____ And all of which he expects us to use _________________. How do we break this 7 th commandment?
What is the EIGHTH commandment? What is “false testimony”? How then do we break this 8 th commandment? How then do we keep this 8 th commandment?
What are the 9 th and 10 th commandments? What does it mean to COVET? Cite a Bible account where one coveted: Coveting often leads to breaking what other commandments? And … “how so?”
What do we mean by “sin of omission”? What do we mean by “sin of commission”? How does God DEMAND His law be kept?
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Will this work for you? What’s this called? Why doesn’t it “work”?
Can anyone keep the LAW the way God demands it be kept? “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
What USE is God’s Law then: 1) As a _______ it shows us our sin. 2) As a _______ it keeps sin in check. 3) As a _______ it teaches Christians how to live life pleasing to the Savior God.
What CURSE do we deserve because of our sin? “The wages of sin is death”
How did Jesus save us (YOU) from that curse of the Law? Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us,
Again, the only True God is God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Cite the Bible Account where ALL 3 persons of the One True God showed themselves at the same time: Mt. 3:16,17 God the Father was … God the Son was … God the Holy Spirit was …
What characteristics has God shown Himself to have? What does it mean when we say “I believe in God”? Why do we confess God the Father is the “Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?
What does the Bible mean when it says mankind was created in the image of God? What happened to that image of God after the Fall into sin? In the explanation of the 1 st Article we recall that “God daily and richly provides for me” – How does God take care of me day by day?
What is ORIGINAL sin? Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
What did God the Father do to save me and all people from sin? RECITE the first article of the Apostles’ Creed:
Who is Jesus Christ? Give BIBLICAL proof Jesus is TRUE GOD:
And we are in him who is true – even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Give Biblical proof Jesus is TRUE MAN: Why is it so important that Jesus is BOTH God and Man in one person?
Remember this quote? What’s the main application? I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing people are saying about Him: “I am ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” This is one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would NOT be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with a man who says he’s a poached egg – or else he would be the devil of hell. Either this man was and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
How is Jesus Christ our prophet? How is Jesus Christ our High Priest? How is Jesus Christ our King?
What do we mean when we speak of Christ’s “HUMILIATION”? Explain what the term REDEEM means: What price did Jesus pay to REDEEM us?
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
From what 3 great enemies has Jesus redeemed us? What do we mean by Christ’s EXALTATION? What does the Biblical term JUSTIFICATION mean?
Did you or do you play any active part in Justification? All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
As far as the Bible is concerned … how are you and I to look at our own “righteousness” or “merits” before God? As far as the Bible is concerned … how are you and I to look at our own “righteousness” or “merits” before God? St. Paul called them ALL: And Christ’s? how are you and I to look at His merits?
Who is the Holy Spirit? What is the “work” of the Holy Spirit called? What does that word mean?
What is the holy Christian Church? Why is this Church called holy? Why is this Church “invisible”?
What MEANS does the Holy Spirit use to make people members of the Holy Christian Church? The _________ in:
What is a “saint” according to the Bible? What are several things that are wrong with this statement? “All the people who go to church on Sunday are members of the holy Christian Church.”
All things considered … does God want you to worship Him, study His word, give offerings, give time to service etc. because you HAVE TO or because you WANT TO? And, why would anyone WANT TO do these things?
Again what does the word “gospel” mean? What is the “good news” ??? For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
BY THE WAY … No one is able to spiritually discern God’s Word without some skill in dividing Law and Gospel … Which is it … LAW or GOSPEL?
Leviticus 19:2 – “Be holy, because I, the LORD your God am holy.” Law or Gospel ?
Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sins is the one who will die. Law or Gospel?
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith -- and this is not from yourselves, -- it is the gift of God. Law or Gospel?
Matthew 22:37 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Law or Gospel?
Romans 8:1 – Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Law or Gospel?
2 Corinthians 5:19 God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. Law or Gospel ?
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, Law or Gospel ?
Ephesians 2:1 You were dead in your transgressions and sins. Law or Gospel ?
Psalm 103:10 He does not treat us as our sins deserve. Law or Gospel ?
What is a sacrament? “A ______ _____ which: ers the forgiveness of sins nstituted by Christ onnected with God’s Word xternal or earthly element
Which describes a sacrament: GOD ManMan GOD Describe the difference in your own WORDS …
What is the sacrament of Holy Baptism? What did you receive FROM GOD in baptism? What gives baptism its power? What does my baptism “renew” in me on a daily basis?
TRUE or FALSE? ___ Immersion is the only valid method of baptism. ___ Sprinkling or pouring is the only valid method of baptism. ___ Holy Baptism is 100% God’s approach and gift to me and 0% my doing something to earn His favor.
What is the Lord’s Supper? What gives the Lord’s Supper its power? What do you receive in the Lord’s supper? In a natural way1. 2. In a miraculous way 1.2.
Finish Luther’s quote... “It is not the eating and drinking that does such great things, but the words, “Given and poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins.” These words are the main thing in this sacrament, along with the eating and drinking. And whoever believes these words has ____ ____ ______ ___. _____ _____________ __ _____.
KEY TERMS: What do each of the following refer to: Transubstantiation Real Presence Representation Which one is described by Scripture? Transubstantiation Real Presence Representation
What does it mean to be “properly prepared” for the Lord’s Supper? 1. 2. 3. Examine myself for sin and repent Believe Christ’s body and blood are present for my forgiveness. Intend to amend my sinful life.
TRUE or FALSE? __ Jesus’ body & blood are truly present in the Lord’s Supper. __ Any and all who partake of the Lord’s Supper automatically receive its intended blessings. __ The Lord’s Supper assures an individual, penitent believer in Jesus that his/her sins are forgiven in the eyes of God. __ Every Christian has reason to come to the Lord’s Supper frequently.
RECITE the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed: Is confirmation the end or just the beginning of Christian maturity and growth? What is confirmation?
Which percentage of young people take their confirmation vow and then take a miserable vacation from faithful use of Word and sacrament? a. 30% b. 50%c. 70%
What are you going to do to make sure you do not find yourself among that 50% of disgruntled, grumpy, nigh unto traitor to this vow you intend to make next Sunday?
If you were to die tonight … and stand before God, and He were to ask you “Why should I let you into my heaven?” … WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE TO SAY TO HIM? THE GREAT EXCHANGE
What is the “C.M.O.”? How does any member of Prince of Peace contribute to our congregational mission offering?
What is an “elder” or member of our Board for Spiritual Welfare entrusted to do? Currently my elder is … A way for me to serve my Savior on the congregational level is …
Approximately, what will be our current WEEKLY financial “need” to carry on Christ’s ministry here, starting about a month from now? a. $900.00 b. $4300.00 c. $6100.00 On average that’s about ___ per active communicant per week: a. 95 cents b. $2.15 c. $87.00
What does OUTREACH ministry mean? How are you planning to be involved in OUTREACH?
Which best describes you as a member of a Christian congregation? A. A number B. A servant C. A customer
Tell us what your confirmation verse means to you... Right now On your wedding day On your death bed
Matthew XXX Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Now Wedding Day The day you die
Marissa XXX Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Now Wedding Day The day you die
Alisa XXX 2 Sam. 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Now Wedding Day The day you die
Jessica XXX John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my my sheep know me” Now Wedding Day The day you die