Starting next week John Bunyan’s Catechism will be used.
What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Why must the Redeemer be truly human?
Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?
For by works of the law no human being will be justified in God’s sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?
Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.
What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?
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.
How can we glorify God?
You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.
How and why did God create us?
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
How many persons are there in God?
2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Q. 135 Why do Christians need to pray?
A. Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them.
Ps. 50:14-15; 116:12-19; 1 Thess. 5:16-18
Matt. 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-13
Q. 136 How does God want us to pray so that he will listen to us?
A. First, we must pray from the heart to no other than the one true God, who has revealed himself in his Word, asking for everything he has commanded us to ask for. Second, we must acknowledge our need and misery, hiding nothing, and humble ourselves in his majestic presence. Third, we must rest on this unshakable foundation: even though we do not deserve it, God will surely listen to our prayer because of Christ our Lord. That is what he promised us in his Word.
Ps. 145:18-20; John 4:22-24; Rom. 8:26-27; James 1:5; 1 John 5:14-15
2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 2:11; 34:18; 62:8; Isa. 66:2; Rev. 4
Dan. 9:17-19; Matt. 7:8; John 14:13-14; 16:23; Rom. 10:13; James 1:6
Q. 133 But can those converted to God obey these commandments perfectly?
A. No. In this life even the holiest have only a small beginning of this obedience. Nevertheless, with all seriousness of purpose, they do begin to live according to all, not only some, of God’s commandments.
Eccles. 7:20; Rom. 7:14-15; 1 Cor. 13:9; 1 John 1:8-10
Ps. 1:1-2; Rom. 7:22-25; Phil. 3:12-16
Q. 134 No one in this life can obey the Ten Commandments perfectly: why then does God want them preached so pointedly?
A. First, so that the longer we live the more we may come to know our sinfulness and the more eagerly look to Christ for forgiveness of sins and righteousness. Second, so that, while praying to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, we may never stop striving to be renewed more and more after God’s image, until after this life we reach our goal: perfection.
Ps. 32:5; Rom. 3:19-26; 7:7, 24-25; 1 John 1:9
1 Cor. 9:24; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 John 3:1-3