The Book of Concord - The Small Catechism
Now, here is some food for thought that developed during our morning session:
Read the first commandment and explanation:
-What is a god?
Anything you worship can become a "god" of sorts; it doesn't need to be a traditional idol, either. Good things can even become idols for us. Our own jobs, our own homes, and even our own churches can become objects of worship. Whatever it is, it becomes a "god" when it kicks God out of the number 1 position in our lives.
Read the second commandment and explanation:
It's common for people to use God's name in expressing frustration with someone or something. Understanding this as misusing God's name is easy. However, what about other occasions? Do we mean it when we say things like “God bless ya,” as when some famous actors accept awards? What about when we say "thank God," after avoiding some minor annoyance? Is it a misuse to invoke God's name so lightly?
Read the third commandment and explanation:
At this point, you can see the way Luther wrote the Small Catechism. His explanations start with a negative phrase ("don't do this") and end with a positive phrase ("instead do this").
Read Exodus 20:8-11. Notice there is more to the commandment. How does this relate to Luther's explanation? Do rest and hearing God's Word go together? What if getting to church is not “restful” for us; what does that say about our attitude, or what does it say about a particular congregation or denomination?