Catechism

Adapted from the New City Catechism

QUESTION 9

What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?


First, that we know God as the only true God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence.


READ: Deuteronomy 6:13–14

QUESTION 8

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. 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.


READ: Exodus 20:3

QUESTION 7

What does the law of God require?


Complete obedience to God; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves.


READ: Matthew 22:37-40

QUESTION 6

How can we glorify God?


We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.


READ: Deuteronomy 11:1

QUESTION 5

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.


READ: Genesis 1:31

QUESTION 4

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.


READ: Genesis 1:27

QUESTION 3

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 and glory.


READ: 2 Corinthians 13:14

QUESTION 2

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.


READ: Psalm 86:8-10, 15

QUESTION 1

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.


READ: Romans 14:7-8