This year one of our family goals is to memorize the answers to 52 questions put together by the Redeemer Presbyterian Church and TGC in The New City Catechism flip book from Truth For Life. Using the kid’s answers for simplicity, I’m looking forward to learning these in 2023! #MondayMemorization
Q1: What is our only hope in life and death? That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.
Q2: What is God? God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.
Q3: How many persons are there in God? There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power.
Q4: How and why did God create us? God created us male and female in His own image to know Him, love Him, live with Him, and glorify Him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to His glory.
Q5: What else did God create? God created all things by His powerful Word, and all His creation was very good; everything flourished under His loving rule.
Q6: How can we glorify God? We glorify God by enjoying Him, loving Him, trusting Him, and by obeying His will, commands, and law.
Q7: What does the law of God require? Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.
Q8: 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.
Q9: 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.
Q10: 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.
Q11: What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments? Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual Immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good trom someone we might benefit.
Q12: 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.
Q13: 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. Kid’s Answer: Since the fall, no human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly. Bible Reference: Romans 3:10-12
Q14: Did God create us unable to keep his law? No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law. Kid’s Answer: No, but because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve we are all born in sin and guilt unable to keep God’s law. Bible Reference: Romans 5:12
Q15: 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. Kid’s Answer: That we may know the holy nature of God, and the sinful nature of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. Bible Reference: Romans 3:20
Q16: 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. Kid’s Answer: Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, not being or doing what he requires in his law. Bible Reference: 1 John 3:4
Q17: What is idolatry? Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security. Kid’s Answer: Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator. Bible Reference: Romans 1:21 and 25
Q18: Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished? No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come. Kid’s Answer: No, God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them both in this life, and in the life to come. Bible Reference: Ephesians 5:5-6
Q19: Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor? Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer. Kid’s Answer: Yes, God reconciles us to himself by a Redeemer. Bible Reference: Isaiah 53:10-11
Q20: Who is the Redeemer? The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself. Kid’s Answer: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ. Bible Reference: 1 Timothy 2:5
Q21: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? One who is truly human and also truly God. Kid’s Answer: One who is truly human and also truly God. Bible Reference: Isaiah 9:6
Q22: Why must the Redeemer be truly human? That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses. Kid’s Answer: That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin. Bible Reference: Hebrews 2:17
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