A Short Exposition of Dr. Martin Luther's Small Catechism: 1905 Schwan Edition by Heinrich Schwan

Heinrich Christian Schwan was the Missouri Synod president for 20 years (1878-1899), but that lengthy service and his pastoral and missionary activities have been effaced from the LCMS histories. Schwan’s presidency was sandwiched between the presidencies of CFW Walther and Walther’s hand-picked successor in teaching, Franz Pieper. Walther and Pieper were advocates of Objective Justification.”

“Schwan was educated in Germany and served as a missionary in Brazil from 1843 to 1850. His first parish call was to Black Jack, Missouri (North St. Louis), when he joined the Missouri Synod. He spent the next 50 years serving as pastor and assistant pastor - in that order - of Zion, Cleveland, Ohio. That is where he introduced the Christmas tree to America. He was also the district president and the LCMS president during his pastoral work in Cleveland. He was commissioned to write a catechism for the synod, which was published in 1896 and became known as the Schwan Catechism.” — Pastor Greg Jackson

1. What is a Catechism? A book of instruction composed in questions and answers.

2. Who has written our Small Catechism? Doctor Martin Luther.

4. From where has Luther taken this doctrine? From the Holy Scripture, or the Bible.

2 Tim.3:15-17. And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Level of Difficulty: Primer: No subject matter knowledge needed.

Book Contents

  • Preface by Lutheran Librarian
  • Enchiridion. The Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther.
  • A Short Exposition Of Dr. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.
    • Introduction.
    • Part 1. The Ten Commandments.
    • Part 2. The Creed.
    • Part 3. The Lord’s Prayer.
    • Part 4. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
    • Part 5. The Office of the Keys, and Confession.
    • Part 6. The Sacrament Of The Altar.
  • Copyright Notice

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  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2021
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0