Catechism 


Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

    That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.

    Romans 3:20

    For by works of the law no human being will be justified in God’s sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

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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.

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        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