God, Creation, Law, Sin
Q1. Who is God?
A. God is the creator of everything. He has always existed and will exist forever. He has all knowledge and power, and is present everywhere. He is holy and loving.
Q2. What does it mean that God is holy and loving?
A. God’s holiness means that He is without sin and perfect in every way. God’s love means that He sacrificially gives Himself to others to secure their holiness and happiness.
Q3. How many persons are there in God?
A. There are three Persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (which is the Trinity). They are equal in power and glory.
Q4. How has God revealed Himself?
A. Through the world he created and through the Bible, which is the Word of God.
Q5. How and why did God create us?
A. God created us male and female in his image, to love and glorify Him.
Q6. What does it mean that God created us in His image?
A. We are special among creation because like God we can love, worship, and make real choices. We are called to represent God on earth. Every human life has value.
Q7. What does it mean to glorify God?
A. To glorify God is to show His supreme worth by being satisfied in Him and keeping His commandments.
Q8. What does God require in the first commandment, when He says, “You shall have no other gods before me”?
A. We should serve the Lord and Him only. We should love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Q9. What does God require in the second commandment, when he says, “You shall not make an idol or worship it”?
A. We should look only to God for our hope, happiness, and security. We should worship God properly, in Spirit and in truth.
Q10. What does God require in the third commandment when he says, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God”?
A. We should only use God’s name when speaking to Him or about Him with reverence. We should honor also his Word and works.
Q11. What does God require in the fourth commandment when he says, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy”?
A. We should set aside one day each week to rest from routine work, worship God in public and private, and serve others. On that day, we should not buy, or sell.
Q12. What does God require in the fifth commandment when he says, “Honor your father and your mother”?
A. We should love and respect our parents, and submit to their godly discipline.
Q13. What does God require in the sixth commandment when he says, “You shall not murder”?
A. We should not hurt or hate anyone. We should serve even our enemies in love.
Q14. What does God require in the seventh commandment when he says, “You shall not commit adultery”?
A. We should not lust or be sexually immoral. We should be always faithful and pure.
Q15. What does God require in the eighth commandment when he says, “You shall not steal”?
A. We should respect other’s property. We should not hold back our possessions from those who are in need, since everything belongs to God.
Q16. What does God require in the ninth commandment when he says, “You shall not give false testimony”?
A. We should not lie or be deceptive. We should speak the truth in a loving but straightforward way.
Q17. What does God require in the tenth commandment when he says “You shall not covet”?
A. We should be content with what God has given us, and not resent others for what they have.
Q18. Has anyone kept all of God’s commandments?
A. No, we have all sinned. No one is a good person apart from God’s saving grace.
Q19. What is sin?
A. Sin is a willful transgression of the known law of God. It is disobeying any of God’s commandments, ignoring God, or living life our way.
Q20. Did God create us sinful?
A. No, the first man, Adam, chose to disobey God and brought a curse on God’s good world. He became guilty and was separated from God.
Q21. How does Adam’s sin affect us?
A. We are born morally corrupt and self-centered, with a desire to sin (which is inherited depravity). Also, we follow Adam’s example by committing acts of sin.
Q22. What is the fair penalty for our sin?
A. We deserve to die. Every sin is against God and His holiness, and He is right to be angry with us.