Catechism


Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

    Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.

    Romans 3:10–12

    None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

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    What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

      Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

      Romans 13:9

      For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

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      What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

        Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.

        Leviticus 19:3

        Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

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        What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

          First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God.Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.

          Deuteronomy 6:13–14

          It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.

          Second Sunday in Advent 


           Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!  Psalm 80:1,3,14,17

          This psalm reflects both the anticipation of Christ’s incarnation and the coming again of Christ on the  Last Day when he comes in glory to judge the living and the dead.  Both in some ways are fearful and wonderful things.  Consider the message of the angel to the shepherds on that night; Fear Not! (Luke 2:10)  Here the incarnation is a cause of rejoicing and wonder as the second person of the Trinity takes on flesh.

            But there will come another time when the incarnate Word arrives this time with all his glory and ” He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” which is both a fearful and wonderful thing.  

          Psalter 98


          1 O sing a new song to the Lord,

                   for wonders he hath done:
                His right hand and his holy arm
                   him victory hath won.
             2  The Lord God his salvation
                    hath caused to be known;
                His justice in the heathen's sight
                    he openly hath shown.
             3  He mindful of his grace and truth
                   to Isr'el's house hath been;
                And the salvation of our God
                   all ends of th' earth have seen.
             4  Let all the earth unto the Lord
                   send forth a joyful noise;
                Lift up your voice aloud to him,
                   sing praises, and rejoice.
             5  With harp, with harp, and voice of psalms,
                   unto Jehovah sing:
             6  With trumpets, cornets, gladly sound
                   before the Lord the King.
             7  Let seas and all their fullness roar;
                   the world, and dwellers there;
             8  Let floods clap hands, and let the hills
                   together joy declare
             9  Before the Lord; because he comes,
                   to judge the earth comes he:
                He'll judge the world with righteousness,
                   his folk with equity