The Lutheran Confessions, also called the Book of Concord, contain important texts that summarize Lutheran beliefs. Specifically, it includes the three ecumenical creeds, the Augsburg Confession, the Defense of the Augsburg Confession, the Large and Small Catechisms, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, the Epitome of the Formula of Concord (which is like a summary), and the Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord (which expands on the Epitome).
Lutheran church workers typically swear to uphold the Book of Concord at their first placement, but you don’t have to be over 20 before you start reading these texts. Middle school or junior high is a great time to introduce kids to Luther’s Large Catechism!
This is what we’ve compiled thus far:
- Want to read the Book of Concord over a school year? Here is a Book of Concord Reading Plan designed for that purpose!
- A 40-day Lenten plan from CPH, originally available here.
- A summer reading schedule for reading Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, A Reader’s Edition is available here, by RCF and hosted on the website, A Shepherd’s Story, run by Rev. Johann Caauwe, a wonderful WELS pastor. The schedule begins on May 30th on introductory material.
- A summer reading schedule for other editions, including Tappert, Kolb-Wengert, the Triglotta, and Die Bekenntnis-Schriften, is here, by Michael D.Henson. This one begins June 1.
- Yearly plan: I think the same Monday through Friday plan is available in both of these places. Begin any time with week one.
- Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, A Reader’s Edition, pp. 19-22
- BookofConcord.org (I love that site and it’s just been improved!)
BookofConcord.org has a lot of great resources.