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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 this curse also.John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.The Gospel tells me that now I have the free gift of ETERNAL LIFE.Illustration: You are trapped on the 20th floor of a building that is completely on fire. You climb the stairs up to the roof, but there is no way for firemen to get a ladder to you since flames surround the building. Then a helicopter appears above you and a man comes down a ladder from the copter to rescue you. We were doomed to the fires of hell, but the Gospel tells us that we have a rescuer. Instead of going to hell, he will take us to heaven.Romans 15:4 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.The Bible was written TO GIVE US A SURE HOPE THAT WOULD ENCOURAGE US in our daily lives until we go to heaven. Illustration: A college student faces a lot of hard studying and maybe also a lot of hard work to pay for his college education. What keeps him going through those four long years of studying and working? Simply this, he knows that when he graduates, he will most likely have a good job for the rest of his life. We face a life of 60 to 80 years with a lot of hard times included in them, unless God takes us to heaven when we are young. What keeps us going for 60 to 80 years? The message of the Bible that, not only most likely but most certainly, after this life we will be with Jesus in the eternal joy of heaven.

    Summary: The Bible teaches me that I am a sinner who is saved by Jesus. Aim There are many things that can be located in more than one place. As surprising as it might seem, thats also true of God's Law. Today we are going to ask ourselves: Where do we find Gods law? Where do we we find Gods law?

    Romans 2:14-15a 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 heartsGod wrote his law on the HEARTS of all people.Illustration: You dont have to tell most people that hurting or murdering another person is wrong. You dont have to tell most people that stealing something from another person or destroying another persons property is wrong. They just naturally know these things. Every government in the world makes laws against doing such things. Why? Because Gods law is written in the hearts of all people.Romans 2:15b their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)God also gave us a CONSCIENCE TO REMIND US ABOUT WHAT GODS LAW SAYS TO US.Illustration: Sometimes we set an alarm clock to wake us up in the morning if we feel that we may not wake up in time. God gave us an alarm clock in our hearts and minds that goes off and wakes us when we may not remember that Gods law says that to do or not to do a certain thing is a sin.

    Deuteronomy 5:22 22 These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me. The law of God was WRITTEN DOWN in the BibleIllustration: Perhaps you didn't get an assignment done for school and you told the teacher, "Well, I didn't know what the assignment was." Does she accept your excuse? No. What does the teacher do? She opens your book and points directly at the assignment. There was no reason for you not to know what your teacher wanted you to do. In like manner, God's will for you and your life is written in the Book, the Bible.

    Matthew 22:37-40 37 Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.Jesus summarized all of God's law with two short statements: LOVE GOD, AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR.Illustration: When Daniel prayed to God even though he knew he would be put into the lions den, he loved God. When the Good Samaritan helped the man lying by the road he loved his neighbor.

    Summary: We find Gods law written in our hearts, but the most reliable place we find Gods law is written in the Bible. AimWhat does God want our attitude to be toward his law? Does he want us to obey him because we are afraid that we will be severely punished like that American in Singapore if we disobey? Or is there some other attitude God wants us to have? Lets study Gods word today to find the answer to this question: What does God teach us about how he wants us to obey his commands? Why does God teach us about how he wants us to obey his commands?

    Exodus 20:2 2 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.OUR LORD who is GRACIOUS, COMPASSIONATE, LOVING, AND FORGIVING gave us his commandments. Illustration: It was their loving LORD who brought the children of Israel out of their horrible slavery in Egypt. It was the LORD who carried them as on eagle's wings through the wilderness, delivering them from their enemies, feeding them with manna, and giving them water from a rock. God wanted them to remember who was asking them to obey his commands -- not some horrible slave master, but their loving LORD.

    Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, Did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden? 2 The woman said to the serpent, We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die. 4 You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.The devil deceived Eve into thinking that she would BE HAPPIER IF SHE DIDNT OBEY GOD. Illustration: A fish in a bowl might see all the people walking by and begin to look on his bowl as a prison that takes away his freedom. If he swims around and around until he gains enough speed to jump out of the bowl, then he is free of the bowl. But what will his freedom bring him? He will just shrivel up and die outside that bowl. Thats what the devil wanted Eve to do, and thats what he wants us to do. The devil wants us to rebel against Gods commands. But that rebellion only brings us unhappiness and death.

    Matthew 5:48 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.God wants us to OBEY HIS COMMANDS PERFECTLY.Illustration: If your teacher says, The only way you will get credit for this part of the science course is to get 100% on every test, you cant get a 98% and expect to get credit. God demands 100% obedience to his commands. Not 95% or 99%.

    Summary: 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. AimWhenever there are laws and rules set up by a group of people, there is always a good reason for them. The set of laws God has given us have three good reasons or purposes. Today we ask ourselves: What are the three good purposes of Gods law? What are the three good purposes of Gods law?Psalm 119:120 120 My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.Therefore, Gods law leads people to TREMBLE in fear, keeping them from carrying out their evil actions.Illustration: When a person is driving down the highway and he sees a police car up ahead, often the first thing that person does is to let up on the accelerator. This is true because a person is afraid of getting a ticket and having to pay a penalty. This is the way Gods law acts as a curb. By threats of punishment it keeps people from going full speed ahead with their evil actions or words.Romans 3:19-20 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.God's law SHOWS US THAT WE SIN EVERY DAY. (mirror)Illustration: A man is traveling 80 mph. when he hears the siren of a police car behind him and sees its lights flashing. The policemans siren and lights are acting as a mirror. They show the man that speeding is wrong. God's law shows us clearly how many things we've done wrong. We know without a doubt that we are sinners.

    2 Corinthians 5:15 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.Christians want to SHOW THANKS TO JESUS by the way they live.Illustration: I send a thank-you card for a special gift (a bike) that an aunt bought for me on my birthday. One of the ways we show our thanks to Jesus is living according to his commands.

    Summary: The three good purposes of Gods law are that it serves as a curb, a mirror and a guideline.

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