Concordia Theological Monthly

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apostolic church, children, school, instruction, confirmation, catechism, christian, indoctrination, baptism, lutheran, synodical

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


From the very earliest time of the Christian era, candidates for admission into membership of the Christian Church were first duly instructed and prepared. In the early days such instruction was to prepare them for baptism; for Baptism is the Sacrament of initiation, and it was natural that this mission-work of those days concentrated on adults. It seems to have exhibited various degrees of thoroughness. Without question such instruction was made a matter of prime importance in the Apostolic Age. The several glimpses which the Book of Acts gives us into this particular activity of the early Church easily convince us that the apostles and their coworkers, the entire Church of that day in fact, were zealous in insisting upon a well-indoctrinated membership of the churches.


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Isaiah 66:2; 1 Peter 2:2;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars