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What is the Lord’s Prayer?

    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

    Matthew 6:9

    Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”

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    With what attitude should we pray?

      With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

      Philippians 4:6

      Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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      What is prayer?

        Prayer is pouring out our hearts to Godin praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.

        Psalm 62:8

        Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

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        How does the Holy Spirit help us?

          The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.

          Ephesians 6:17–18

          Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

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          What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?

            That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.

            John 14:16–17

            And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

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            Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?

              All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.

              Titus 3:4–6

              But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

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              Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?

                Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.

                1 Peter 2:9–12

                But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

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                Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

                  No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.

                  Galatians 2:16

                  Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

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                  What do justification and sanctification mean?

                    Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.

                    1 Peter 1:1–2

                    To those who are elect…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

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                    What do we believe by true faith?

                      Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

                      Jude 1:3

                      I…appeal…to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saint