An introduction to the Westminster. Shorter Catechism with changes to reflect. Baptistic distinctives. Revised July 2012. ESV Edition. Page 2. Revised July 2012.
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A Catechism for Young Children 1. Q. Who made you? A. God made me. 2. Q. What else did God ma ke? A. God made all things. 3. Q. Why did God make you and all things? A. God made all things, including me, for His own glory. 4. Q. How can you glorify God? A. I can glorify God by loving Him and doing what He commands. 5. Q. Why should you glo rify God? A. I should glorify God because He made me and takes care of me. 6. Q. Are there more gods than one? A. There is only one God. 7. Q. In how many persons does this one God exist? A. God exists in three persons. 8. Q. What are these three persons? A. The three persons of the Godhead are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 9. Q. What is God? A. God is a spirit and does not have a body. 10. Q. Where is God? A. God is everywhere. 11. Q. Can you see God? A. No, I cannot see God, but He always sees me. 12. Q. Does God know all things? A. Yes, nothing can be hidden from God. 13. Q. Can God do all things? A. Yes, God can do all His holy will. 14. Q. Where do you learn h ow to love and obey God?
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A. I learn how to love and obey God only in the Bible. 15. Q. Who wrote the Bible? A. The Bible was written by holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit. 16. Q. Who were our first parents? A. Adam and Eve were our fir st parents. 17. Q. How were our first parents made? A. God made the body of Adam out of the ground and formed Eve from the body of Adam. 18. Q. What did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies? A. God gave Adam and Eve souls that could never die. 19. Q. Do you have a soul as well as a body? A. Yes, I have a soul that can never die. 20. Q. How do you know that you have a soul? A. The Bible tells me that I have a soul. 21. Q. In what condition did God make Adam and Eve? A. God made Adam and Eve holy and happy. 22. Q. What is a covenant? A. A covenant is an agreement between two or more persons. 23. Q. What covenant did God make with Adam? A. God made the covenant of works with Adam. 24. Q. What did God require of Adam in the covenant of works? A. God required Adam to obey Him perfectly. 25. Q. What was the special command God gave to Adam in the Covenant of Works? A. God commanded Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 26. Q . A. 27. Q. Did Adam keep the covenant of works? A. No, Adam sinned against God.
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28. Q. What is sin? A. 29. Q. What is mean A. when we do what God forbids. 30. Q. What was the sin of our first parents? A. Our first parents sinned by eating the fruit that God told them not to eat. 31 . Q. Who tempte d Adam and Eve to do this sin? A. The devil tempted Eve, and she gave the fruit to Adam. 32. Q. What happened to our first parents when they sinned? A. them sinful and miserable. 33. Q. Did Adam act only for himself in the covenant of works? A. No, Adam acted for all mankind. 34. Q. What effect has the sin of Ada m had on all mankind? A. All mankind are born in a state of sin and misery. 35. Q. What does every sin deserve? A. Every sin deserves the anger and judgment of God. 36. Q. Can anyone go to heaven with a sinful nature? A. No, our hearts must be cha nged before we can be fit for heaven. 37. Q. What is a change of heart called? A. A change of heart is called regeneration. 38. Q. A. 39. Q. Can anyone get to A. 40. Q. Why can no one get to Heaven by keeping Gods law? A. has broken it and is condemned by it. 41. Q. Wh at is the covenant of redemption? A. The covenant of redemption is the eternal plan that God the Father,
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Son, and Holy Spirit made to save sinners. 42. Q. What did Christ agree to do in the covenant of redemption? A. Christ agreed to keep the whole law for His people and to suffer the punishment that their sins deserved. 43. Q. Did our Lord Jesus Christ ever commit any sin? A. No, Jesus remained perfectly sinless to the end of His life. 44. Q. How could the Son of God suffer? A. Christ, the S on of God, bec ame a man that He might obey and suffer as a man. 45. Q. ? A. dying in the place of sinners. 46. Q. What did God the Father agree to do in the covenant of redemption? A. God the Father agreed to justify and sanctify those for whom Christ would die. 47. Q. What is justification? A. had never sinned. 48. Q. What is sanctification? A. conduct. 49. Q. For whom did Christ obey and suffer? A. Christ obeyed and suffered for those whom the Father had given Him. 50. Q. What kind of death did Chri st die? A. Christ died the painful and shameful death of the cross. 51. Q. Who will be saved? A. Only those who repent of sin, believe in Christ, and lead holy lives will be saved. 52. Q. What does it mean to repent? A. To repent means to be sorry f or our sin, to hate it, and turn away from it because it displeases God.
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67. Q. Why do you need Christ as a king? A. I need Christ as a king because I am weak and helpless. 68. Q. How many commandments did God give on Mount Sinai? A. God gave ten commandments. 69. Q. What are the Ten Commandments sometimes called? A. The Ten Commandments are sometimes call ed the Decalogue. 70. Q. What do the first four commandments teach us? A. The first four commandments teach our duty to God. 71. Q. What do the last six commandments teach us? A. The last six commandments teach our duty to our fellow men. 72. Q. What is the sum of the Ten Commandments? A. The sum of the Ten Commandments is to love God with all my heart and my neighbor as myself. 73. Q. Who is your neighbor? A. All my fellow men are my neighbors. 74. Q. With whom is God pleased? A. God is pleased with those who love and obey Him. 75. Q. With whom is God displeased? A. God is displeased with those who do not love and obey Him. 76. Q. What is the first commandment? A. The first comm andment is: You shall have no other gods before me. 77. Q. What does the first commandment teach us? A. The first commandment teaches us to worship only God. 78. Q. What is the second commandment? A. The second commandment i s: You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a je alous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. 79. Q. What does the second commandment te ach us?
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A. The second commandment teaches us to worship God in a proper manner and to avoid idolatry. 80. Q. What is the third commandment? A. The third commandment is: You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hol d him guiltless who takes his name in vain. 81. Q. What does the third commandment teach us? A. The third commandment teaches us to reverence God’s name, word, and works. 82. Q. What is the fourth commandment? A. The fourth commandment is: Remembe r the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or yo ur livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 83. Q. What does the fou rth commandment teach us? A. The fourth commandment teaches us to keep the Sabbath holy. 84. Q. What day of the week is the Christian Sabbath? A. The first day of the week, called the Lord’s Day, is the Christian Sabbath. 85. Q. How sho uld the Sabbath be spent? A. The Sabbath should be spent in prayer and praise, in hearing and reading God’s Word, and in doing good to our fellow men. 86. Q. What is the fifth commandment? A. The fifth commandment is: Honor your father and your mo ther, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 87. Q. What does the fifth commandment teach us? A. The fifth commandment teaches us to love and obey our parents. 88. Q. What is the sixth commandment? A. The sixth commandment is: You shall not murder. 89. Q. What does the sixth commandment teach us?
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A. The sixth commandment teaches us that we should not hate nor hurt our neighbor with our thoughts, words, or actions. 90. Q. W hat is the seventh commandment? A. The seventh commandment is: You shall not commit adultery. 91. Q. What does the seventh commandment teach us? A. The seventh commandment teaches us to be pure in our thoughts, words, and actions. 92 . Q. What is the eighth commandment? A. The eighth commandment is: You shall not steal. 93. Q. What does the eighth commandment teach us? A. The eighth commandment teaches us to be honest and hardworking. 94. Q. What is the ninth comm andment? A. The ninth commandment is: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 95. Q. What does the ninth commandment teach us? A. The ninth commandment teaches us to tell the truth. 96. Q. What is the tenth commandmen t? A. The tenth commandment is: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s. 97. Q. What does the t enth commandment teach us? A. The tenth commandment teaches us to be content with all that God has given us. 98. Q. Can anyone keep the Ten Commandments perfectly? A. No one can keep the Ten Commandments perfectly. 99. Q. Of wh at use are the Ten Commandments to us? A. The Ten Commandments teach us our duty and show that we need Jesus to save us. 100. Q. What is prayer? A. Prayer is talking with God. 1 01. Q. In whose name should we pray? A. We should pray only in the name of Christ.
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102. Q. What has Christ given us to teach us how to pray? A. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallow ed be th y name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread . And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom , and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. (KJV) 104. Q. A. 105. Q. What is the first petition? A. Th e first petition is Hallowed be thy name. 106. Q. What do we pray for in the first petition? people. 107. Q. What is the second petition? A. The second pet ition is Thy kingdom come. 108. Q. What do we pray for in the second petition? A. We pray that the gospel would be preached in the entire world and that it would be believed and obeyed by us and all people. 109. Q. What is the third peti tion? A. The third petition is Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 110. Q. What do we pray for in the third petition? A. We pray that people on earth may serve God as the angels do in Heaven. 111. Q. What is the fourth pe tition? A. The fourth petition is Give us this day our daily bread. 112. Q. What do we pray for in the fourth petition? A. We pray that God would give us all the things that our bodies and souls need. 113. Q. What is the fifth petiti on? A. The fifth petition is forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
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