Catechesis in Normal Words

This adaptive Catechesis curriculum teaches the six chief articles of Luther’s Small Catechism (plus a little on the Table of Duties) in a way that asks questions that stick to the subject, but in a way that a young person would ask. Humor is also thrown in from time to time. Some of these questions are what other catechumens have raised during previous years of my teaching.

Also, this curriculum gives extra attention to the Word of God, as well as the worship of the Lutheran church. Lutheran Service Book is referred to often, and the individual lessons end with teaching on why various parts of the Divine Service are done.

by Rev. Robert Mayes, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Beemer, NE and Zion St. John Lutheran Church, Wisner, NE
Copyright © 2015, Robert Mayes.  Copyright permission is granted to congregations or pastors to make copies for church usage for catechesis purposes.

pdf – Download All Lessons

  • pdf – Student Outline
  • pdf – Teacher Outline
  • pdf – Lesson 1 – Scripture & Worship
  • pdf – Lesson 2 – Commandments 1-3; Divine Service Structure
  • pdf – Lesson 3 – Commandments 4-6; Divine Service – Invocation & Preparation
  • pdf – Lesson 4 – Commandments 7-9; Divine Service – Confession & Absolution
  • pdf – Lesson 5 – Cat. 5: 10th, Close of Commandments, Hymn: “These are the Holy Ten Commands” (LSB 581)
  • pdf – Lesson 6 – Apostle’s Creed – Trinity and Creation; Hymn:“We All Believe in One True God” (LSB 954)
  • pdf – Lesson 7 – Creation (cont.) and Fall; Divine Service -Kyrie
  • pdf – Lesson 8 – Incarnation; Divine Service – Gloria in Excelsis
  • pdf – Lesson 9 – Creed Art. 2 – Crucifixion; Divine Service –Salutation and Collect
  • pdf – Lesson 10 – Resurrection and Second Coming; The Readings in the Divine Service
  • pdf – Lesson 11 – Cat. 11: 3rd Article of the Creed – Conversion, Predestination, Justification; Hymn – LSB 555
  • pdf – Lesson 12 – Sanctification; Holy Christian Church; Divine Service – Hymns
  • pdf – Lesson 13 – The Office of the Holy Ministry, The End Times; Divine Service – The role of the Sermon
  • pdf – Lesson 14 – Lord’s Prayer – Intro. and 1st Pet.; LSB 766
  • pdf – Lesson 15 – Cat. 15: Lord’s Prayer, 2nd & 3rd Petitions; Divine Service – Offertory & Offering
  • pdf – Lesson 16 – Cat. 16: Lord’s Prayer – 4th & 5th Petitions; Divine Service – The Prayer of the Church
  • pdf – Lesson 17 – Cat. 17: Lord’s Prayer – 6th & 7th Petitions, Conclusion
  • pdf – Lesson 18 – Baptism part 1 (The Nature of Baptism); Hymn, “Baptized into Your Name, Most Holy” LSB 590
  • pdf – Lesson 19 – Baptism part 2 (The Blessings of Baptism); Service of Baptism, LSB pg. 268
  • pdf –  Lesson 20 – Baptism part 3 (The Power of Baptism); Divine Service – The Service of the Sacrament
  • pdf –  Lesson 21 – Baptism part 4 (The Significance of Baptism); Divine Service – Preface, LSB pg. 194
  • pdf –  Lesson 22 – Confession and Absolution; Divine Service – Sanctus
  • pdf – Lesson 23 – Confession & Absolution, part 2; Services of Individual and Corporate Absolution
  • pdf –  Lesson 24 – Office of the Keys; Hymn: “As Surely as I Live, God Said” (LSB 614)
  • pdf –  Lesson 25 – Lord’s Supper, part 1; Divine Service – The Words of Institution in the Divine Service
  • pdf –  Lesson 26 – Lord’s Supper pt. 2, Benefits of Bodily Eating and Drinking; Divine Service – Peace of the Lord
    • pdf –  Lesson 26 Supplement – Differences between Confessional Lutherans and other Churches
  • pdf –  Lesson 27 – Lord’s Supper, pt. 3; Divine Service – Agnus Dei
  • pdf –  Lesson 28 –