Catechism for Boys and Girls, Part One: God, Man, and Sin

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.

( Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Acts 17:24-29 )

 

Q.2: What else did God make?

A. God made all things.

( Genesis 1, esp. verses 1, 31; Acts 14:15; Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:16 )

 

Q.3: Why did God make you and all things?

A. For his own glory.

( Psalm 19:1; Jeremiah 9:23, 24; Revelation 4:11,15 )

 

Q.4: How can you glorify God?

A. By loving him and doing what he commands.

( Ecclesiastes 12:13; Mark 12:29-31; John 15:8-10; 1Corinthians 10:31 )

 

Q.5: Why ought you to glorify God?

A. Because he made me and takes care of me.

( Romans 11:36; Revelation 4:11; cf. Daniel 4:23 )

 

Q.6: Are there more gods than one?

A. There is only one God.

( Deuteronomy 6:4; Jeremiah 10:10; Mark 12:29; Acts 17:22-31 )

 

Q.7: In how many persons does this one God exist?

A. In three persons.

( Matthew 3:16, 17; John 5:23; 10:30; 14:9, 10; 15:26; 16:13-15; 1 John 5:20, 2John 9; Revelation 1:4, 5 )

 

Q.8: Who are they?

A. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

( Matthew 28:19; 2Corinthians 13:14; 1Peter 1:2; Jude 20, 21 )

 

Q.9: Who is God?

A. God is a Spirit, and does not have a body like men.

( John 4:24; 2Corinthians 3:17; 1 Timothy 1:17 )

 

Q.10: Where is God?

A. God is everywhere.

( Psalm 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:23, 24; Acts 17:27, 28 )

 

Q.11: Can you see God?

A. No.  I cannot see God, but he always sees me.

( Exodus 33:20; John 1:18; 1Timothy 6:16; Psalm 139 esp. vv. 1-5: Proverbs 5:21; Hebrews 4:12, 13 )

 

Q.12: Does God know all things?

A. Yes.  Nothing can be hidden from God.

( 1Chronicles 28:9; 2Chronicles 16:9; Luke 12:6, 7; Romans 2:16 )

 

Q.13: Can God do all things?

A. Yes.  God can do all his holy will.

( Psalm 147:5; Jeremiah 32:17; Daniel 4:34, 35; Ephesians 1:11 )

 

Q.14: Where do you learn how to love and obey God?

A. In the Bible alone.

( Job 11:7; Psalm 119:104; Isaiah 8:20; Matthew 22:29; 2Timothy 3:15-17 )

 

Q.15: Who wrote the Bible?

A. Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit.

( 1Peter 1:20, 21; Acts 1:16; 2Timothy 3:16; 1Peter 1:10, 11 )

 

Q.16: Who were our first parents?

A. Adam and Eve.

( Genesis 2:18-25; 3:20; 5:1, 2; Acts 17:26, 1Timothy 2:13 )

 

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.

( Genesis 2:7; 21-23; 3:19; Psalm 103:14 )

 

Q.18: What did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies?

A. He gave them souls that could never die.

( 1Corinthians 15:45: Ecclesiastes 12:7; Zechariah 12:1 )

 

Q.19: Have you a soul as well as a body?

A. Yes.  I have a soul that can never die.

( Matthew 10:28; Mark 8:34-38; 12:30 )

 

Q.20: How do you know that you have a soul?

A. Because the Bible tells me so.

( Matthew 10:28; Mark 8:34-38; 12:30 )

 

Q.21: What is your soul?

A. My soul includes all of me that should know and love God.

( Mark 8:34-38; Ephesians 3:16-19 )

 

Q.22: In what condition did God make Adam and Eve?

A. He made them holy and happy.

( Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8:4-8 )

 

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.

( Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:6 )

 

Q.25: Why did they eat the forbidden fruit?

A. Because they did not believe what God had said.

( Genesis 3:1-6; cf. Hebrews 11:6 )

 

Q.26: Who tempted them to this sin?

A. The devil tempted Eve, and she gave the fruit to Adam.

( Genesis 3:1-13; 2Corinthians 11:3; 1Timothy 2:13, 14; cf. Revelation 12:9 )

 

Q.27: What happened to our first parents when they had sinned?

A. Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.

( Genesis 3:14-24; 4:1-24; James 1:14, 15 )

 

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.

( Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12, 18, 19; 1Corinthians 15:21, 22; 1John 5:19 )

 

Q.29: What do we inherit from Adam as a result of this original sin?

A. A sinful nature.

( 1Kings 8:46; Psalms 14:2, 3; 58:3; Ecclesiastes 9:3; Matthew 15:18-20; John 2:24, 25; Romans 8:7 )

 

Q.30: What is sin?

A. Sin is any transgression of the law of God.

( 1John 3:4; Romans 3:20; James 2:9-11 )

 

Q.31: What is meant by transgression?

A. Doing what God forbids.

( 1Samuel 13:8-14; 15:22, 23; Hosea 6:7; Romans 1:21-32 )

 

Q.32: What does every sin deserve?

A. The anger and judgment of God.

( Deuteronomy 27:26; Romans 1:18; 2:2; Galatians 3:10; Ephesians 5:6 )

 

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 )

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