from Dr. Tom Nettles (Teaching Truth, Training Hearts: The Study of Catechisms in Baptist Life to be published in 2013 by Founder Press)
Q.1: Who made you?
A. God made me.
Q.2: What else did God make?
A. God made all things.
Q.3: Why did God make you and all things?
A. For his own glory.
Q.4: How can you glorify God?
A. By loving him and doing what he commands.
Q.5: Why ought you to glorify God?
A. Because he made me and takes care of me.
Q.6: Are there more gods than one?
A. There is only one God.
Q.7: In how many persons does this one God exist?
A. In three persons.
Q.8: Who are they?
A. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Q.9: Who is God?
A. God is a Spirit, and does not have a body like men.
Q.10: Where is God?
A. God is everywhere.
Q.11: Can you see God?
A. No. I cannot see God, but he always sees me.
Q.12: Does God know all things?
A. Yes. Nothing can be hidden from God.
Q.13: Can God do all things?
A. Yes. God can do all his holy will.
Q.14: Where do you learn how to love and obey God?
A. In the Bible alone.
Q.15: Who wrote the Bible?
A. Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit.
Q.16: Who were our first parents?
A. Adam and Eve.
Q.17: Of what were our first parents made?
A. God made the body of Adam out of the ground, and formed Eve from the body of Adam.
Q.18: What did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies?
A. He gave them souls that could never die.
Q.19: Have you a soul as well as a body?
A. Yes. I have a soul that can never die.
Q.20: How do you know that you have a soul?
A. Because the Bible tells me so.
Q.21: What is your soul?
A. My soul includes all of me that should know and love God.
Q.22: In what condition did God make Adam and Eve?
A. He made them holy and happy.
Q.23: Did Adam and Eve stay holy and happy?
A. No. They sinned against God.
( Genesis 3:1-7; Ecclesiastes &:29; Hosea 6:7 where “men” = Adam )
Q.24: What was the sin of our first parents?
A. Eating the forbidden fruit.
Q.25: Why did they eat the forbidden fruit?
A. Because they did not believe what God had said.
Q.26: Who tempted them to this sin?
A. The devil tempted Eve, and she gave the fruit to Adam.
Q.27: What happened to our first parents when they had sinned?
A. Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.
Q.28: What effect did the sin of Adam have on all mankind?
A. All mankind is born in a state of sin and misery.
Q.29: What do we inherit from Adam as a result of this original sin?
A. A sinful nature.
Q.30: What is sin?
A. Sin is any transgression of the law of God.
Q.31: What is meant by transgression?
A. Doing what God forbids.
Q.32: What does every sin deserve?
A. The anger and judgment of God.
Q.33: Do we know what God requires of us?
A. Yes, he has given us his law both in our hearts and in writing.
( Romans 2:14-15 )