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A Christian is a disciple and a confessor. Jesus said, “If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples” (John 8). “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it” (Luke 11). He commanded His Church to “make disciples of all nations by baptizing and teaching them” (Matthew 28). Catechism instruction is only one intensive and unique time for growing as a disciple of Jesus, that is, a learner of His Words. Likewise, Jesus said, “everyone who confesses me before men, I will confess before My Father in heaven” (Matthew 10). Confirmation and reception into the Lutheran Church are only one of the many and daily times we are called upon to “make the good confession” before the world and in the sight of God. Make the most of it with these resources, and never stop being a confessor of Christ and a hearer of His Word.
For the recently confirmed young person who is constantly on the move, it’s comforting to carry along a compact, pocket-size devotional resource that helps them meditate on God’s Word and His forgiveness and grace through Christ Jesus.
Christ took the form of a servant, so we, too, should become servants to others. What students learn in Confirmation should motivate them towards a life that reflects God’s love. Here are three reasons service learning benefits Confirmation.