Catechism


What is sin?

    Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.

    1 John 3:4

    Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

    Still rolls the stone away 


    For some of you today will be another day of labor, some of you today will be a flurry of activity consisting of new clothes and going to church.  Some of you will be going over your notes making sure your sermon is ready.  Some of you will be meeting in secret in fear of your lives.  Some of you will still be in bed.

    But consider this, because of a Sunday over 1900 years ago something changed the world.  Because of this one event nothing is the same any more.  Calendars are no longer in reference to cities or other events  Anno Domini began.  Because the tomb was empty, because the stone was rolled away nothing is ever the same.  

    And that is the good news.  It is good news because Christ being raised was for our justification (Rom. 4:25).  Christ being raised has delivered us from God’s coming wrath. (1 Thess. 1:10)  Christ being raised from the dead he is now interceding for us. (Rom. 8:34)  Because Christ was raised we too will be raised from the dead. (1 Cor. 6:14)  Christ being raised we too will be in  the presence of God. (2 Cor. 4:14)  Because being raised he now rules being given authority over all things. (Eph. 1:20-22)

    So today let us echo the proclaimation:  Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! Amen.

    Resurrection Sunday 2017

    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.

      Catechism 


      What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

        Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

        James 2:8

        If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

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        What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?

          You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below—you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

          Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7

          You shall have no other gods before me.