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Q. (2) Why is not the God of the Christians the God of them that are no Christians?
A. He is their maker and preserver; but they have not chosen him to be their God.

Acts 17:24

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,

Psalms 36:6

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.

Judges 10:14

Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.

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A FAMILIAR CATECHISM OR,INSTRUCTION FOR THE IGNORANT

Being a salve to cure that great want of knowledge which so much reigns in young and old. prepared and presented to them in a plain and easy dialogue pitted to the capacity of the weakest. “My People perish for lack of Knowledge.” — Hosea 4:6.

Dedicated to the church of Christ and about Bedford Walking in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; Your affectionate brotherand companion in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, wisheth all Grace and Mercy by Jesus Christ. Amen.

Holy and beloved, although I have designed this little treatise for public and common benefit, yet considering that I am to you a debtor, not only in common charity, but by reason of special bonds which the Lord hath laid upon me to you-ward, I could do no less, (being driven from you in presence, not affection,) but first present you with this little book. Not that you are wanting in the things contained herein, but to put you again in remembrance of first things, and to give you occasion to present something to your carnal relations, that may be (if God will) for their awakening and conversion. Accept it, therefore, as a token of my Christian remembrance of you.

Next, I present it to all those unconverted, old and young, who have been at any time under my preaching, and yet remain in their sins. And I entreat them also, that they receive it as a token of my love to their immortalsouls. Yea, I charge them as they will answer it in the day of terrible judgment, that they read, ponder, and receive this wholesome medicine prepared for them. Now the God of blessing bless it to the awakening of many sinners, and the salvation of their souls, by faith in Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Yours, to serve you by my ministry (when I can) to your edification and consolation, John Bunyan

BUNYAN’S CATECHISM:
OR, INSTRUCTION FOR THE IGNORANT.

Q. (1) How many gods are there?

A. To the Christians there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we of him.

1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we live.

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What hope does everlasting life hold for us?

    It reminds us that this present fallen world is not all there is; soon we will live with and enjoy God forever in the new city, in the new heaven and the new earth, where we will be fully and forever freed from all sin and will inhabit renewed, resurrection bodies in a renewed, restored creation.

    Revelation 21:1–4

    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 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.”

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    Of what advantage to us is Christ’s ascension?

      Christ physically ascended on our behalf, just as he came down to earth physically on our account, and he is now advocating for us in the presence of his Father, preparing a place for us, and also sends us his Spirit.

      Romans 8:34

      Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

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      What does Christ’s resurrection mean for us?

        Christ triumphed over sin and death by being physically resurrected, so that all who trust in him are raised to new life in this world and to everlasting life in the world to come. Just as we will one day be resurrected, so this world will one day be restored. But those who do not trust in Christ will be raised to everlasting death.

        1 Thessalonians 4:13–14

        But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

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        Where is Christ now?

        Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.

        Ephesians 1:19–21

        According to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

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        What is the church?


          God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith,
          who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.

          2 Thessalonians 2:13

          But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

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          Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work?

            No, Christ died once for all. The Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal celebrating Christ’s atoning work; as it is also a means of strengthening our faith as we look to him, and a foretaste of the future feast. But those who take part with unrepentant hearts eat and drink judgment on themselves.

            1 Peter 3:18

            For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God

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            What is the Lord’s Supper?

              Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another; feeding and nourishing our souls. It also anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father’s kingdom.

              1 Corinthians 11:23–26