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  • Introduction to the CatechismCatechism Questions 001-033

  • How do I learn things about God?

  • How do I learn about God?Romans 1:20Romans 2:14-152 Timothy 3:15John 20:31

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  • Greek16ou{tw" ga;r hjgavphsen oJ qeo;" to;n kovsmon, w{ste to;n uiJo;n to;n monogenh` e[dwken, i{na pa`" oJ pisteuvwn eij" aujto;n mh; ajpovlhtai ajll e[ch/ zwh;n aijwvnion. 17ouj ga;r ajpevsteilen oJ qeo;" to;n uiJo;n eij" to;n kovsmon i{na krivnh/ to;n kovsmon, ajll i{na swqh`/ oJ kovsmo" di aujtou`. 18oJ pisteuvwn eij" aujto;n ouj krivnetai: oJ de; mh; pisteuvwn h[dh kevkritai, o{ti mh; pepivsteuken eij" to; o[noma tou` monogenou`" uiJou` tou` qeou`.

  • How do I learn things about God?I learn about God in three ways: from nature, from my conscience, and especially from the Bible which tells me about Jesus.

  • Why is it important for me to know that the Bible is verbally inspired?

  • What do we mean when we say that God gave us the Bible by verbal inspiration?2 Peter 1:21John 17:17Revelation 22:18,19

  • Why is it important for me to know that the Bible is verbally inspired?It is important for me to know that the Bible is verbally inspired because then I will trust what it says and never change it in any way.

  • What does God teach me in the Bible?

  • What are the two main teachings of the Bible?John 1:17Galatians 1:11-12Galatians 3:10John 3:16Romans 15:4

  • What does God teach me in the Bible?The Bible teaches me that I am a sinner who is saved by Jesus.

  • Where do we find Gods law?

  • Where do we find Gods law?Romans 2:14-15Deuteronomy 5:22Matthew 22:37-40

  • Where do we find Gods law?We find Gods law written in our hearts, but the most reliable place we find Gods law is written in the Bible.

  • What does God teach us about how he wants us to obey his commands?

  • What does God teach us about how he wants us to obey his commands?Exodus 20:2 Genesis 3:1-6Matthew 5:48

  • What does God teach us about how he wants us to obey his commands?God our Savior teaches us that he wants us to gladly obey his commands perfectly because he has given them to us for our good.

  • What are the three good purposes of Gods law?

  • What are the three good purposes of Gods law?Psalm 119:120Romans 3:19-202 Corinthians 5:15

  • What are the three good purposes of Gods law?The three good purposes of Gods law are that it serves as a curb, a mirror and a guideline.

    AimNone of you has seen Africa, but you know that it is there--you have found out about it from different sources. Today we're going to learn how we find out about God. None of us has ever seen him, but we know he's there. And so we ask ourselves: HOW DO I LEARN THINGS ABOUT GOD?How do I learn about God?Romans 1:20 20 For since the creation of the world Gods invisible qualitieshis eternal power and divine naturehave been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.From nature I learn that God is ETERNAL, POWERFUL, and DIVINE.Illustration: God was here before all things existed; he is eternal. He is like a circle without beginning and without end. To create everything he had to be powerful. Imagine all of the power Niagara Falls can generate. That power is nothing compared to the power of the One who created those falls. Obviously, nature had to be created by someone who is divine, not a human being. Humans don't even understand what light is--whether it is a particle or a wave. Romans 2:14-15 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15 since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)I learn something about God from my CONSCIENCE.Illustration: The gauges on an airplane alert the pilot when something is wrong. Our conscience is like the gauges on that airplane. It alerts us when something has gone wrong with our conduct. It is the little voice inside each of us which condemns us for our sinful actions. It is the accusing finger which points us out as the guilty ones.

    2 Timothy 3:15 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.ONLY THE BIBLE tells me how I am saved.Illustration: The riding lawn mower won't turn over: maybe it's the wires, maybe the battery's dead. Only when you look in the book do you discover that your foot must be on the clutch to start it. People will have many suggestions on how to get to heaven: maybe if youre nice to people, maybe if you don't swear or curse. But only when you look in the Bible do you discover that Jesus is the one who saves.

    Summary: I learn about God in three ways: from nature, from my conscience, and especially from the Bible which tells me about Jesus. AimThe Bible makes a lot of wonderful promises to us. It tells us that our sins are all forgiven, that we will rise from the dead when Christ comes again, and that we will live with him forever in heaven. We would also want to be sure that this letter is not a fake letter. That is what our lesson is about today. Is the Bible really Gods letter to us, and are these all really his promises? Lets answer that question by studying another question that is the key to this whole matter: Why is it important for me to know that the Bible is verbally inspired? What do we mean when we say that God gave us the Bible by verbal inspiration? 2 Peter 1:21 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. We can be sure that the Bible is God's Word because the MEN WHO WROTE the Bible were GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT as they did their work.Illustration: The men who wrote the Bible did not use computers or dictaphones. But God used the men's individual talents and writing styles. The Spirit made sure that they wrote exactly what He wanted. Jesus put it very simply when he told his disciples in John 14:26, The Spirit will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

    John 17:17 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.I can be sure that EVERYTHING in the Bible IS TRUE.Illustration: Recently the government studied some of the history books that were being used in schools. In one history book alone there were almost 100 errors. God's Word is not like such a history book. It contains absolutely no errors.

    Revelation 22:18,19 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.I will not want to ADD TO OR SUBTRACT FROM what the Bible says.Illustration: A good cook knows how important it is to read the recipe carefully and follow it exactly. Imagine what would happen if you were making brownies and you put in three tablespoons of salt instead of three teaspoons. Imagine what would happen if you forgot to put in the flour. So also, whenever anyone subtracts from or adds to God's Word, that person always ruins it.

    Summary: It is important for me to know that the Bible is verbally inspired because then I will trust what it says and never change it in any way.Aim Most books have a purpose. They were written to tell us about someone or something. Today we will ask ourselves: What does God teach me in the Bible? What are the two main teachings of the Bible?John 1:17 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.One of the main teachings of the Bible is the LAW.Illustration: There are many laws that we have in our society: no jaywalking, speed limit is 55, no littering, no messing around with mailboxes, etc. God also has his own set of laws, which are summed up in the Ten Commandments.Galatians 1:11-12 11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.The other main teaching of the Bible is the GOSPEL.Illustration: A Magic Motion Sports Card changes the picture depending on how you look at --from one angle the batter is in his stance, from another angle he is swinging. The Bible looks completely different depending upon what you are looking at--the Law or the Gospel. Both run throughout the Bible. Draw this on the board or overhead:Galatians 3:10 10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.23 For the wages of sin is deathThe Law tells me that because I fall short of its demands I am CURSED TO DEATH AND THE FIRES OF HELL.Illustration: In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the evil queen put a curse on the apple that she offered to Snow White. The curse was that whoever took a bite of the apple would be in a state of sleeping death. The only escape would be when a man would kiss her and wake her up. God places a curse on all who fail to uphold his law. As we shall see in the next point, there was only one escape from t

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