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  • The New City Catechism

    for Kids

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  • The New City Catechism for Kids

    Copyright © 2018 by The Gospel Coalition and Redeemer Presbyterian Church

    Published by Crossway 1300 Crescent Street Wheaton, Illinois 60187

    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher, except as provided for by USA copyright law. Crossway® is a registered trademark in the United States of America.

    This publication was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the publisher and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

    Cover design: Matt Wahl & Micah Lanier

    First printing 2018

    Printed in China

    Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-4335-6129-0

    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Crossway Books. Title: The new city catechism for kids. Description: Wheaton : Crossway, 2018. Identifiers: LCCN 2017048083 | ISBN 9781433561290 (tp) Subjects: LCSH: Presbyterian Church—Catechisms—English—Juvenile

    literature. | Reformed Church—Catechisms—English—Juvenile literature. | Westminster Assembly (1643-1652). Shorter catechism—Juvenile literature.

    Classification: LCC BX9184 .N49 2018 | DDC 238/.51—dc23 LC record available at https:// lccn .loc .gov /2017048083

    Crossway is a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  • The New City Catechism for Kids

    W H E A T O N , I L L I N O I S


    52 Questions & Answers for Our Hearts & Minds

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  • Part 1

    God, Creation & Fall, Law

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  • Question 1

    What is our only hope in life

    and death?


    That we are not our own but belong to God.

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  • Question 2

    What is God?


    God is the creator of everyone and everything.

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  • Question 3

    How many persons are there

    in God?


    There are three persons in one God: the Father,

    the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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  • Question 4

    How and why did God create us?


    God created us male and female in his

    own image to glorify him.

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  • Question 5

    What else did God create?


    God created all things, and all his

    creation was very good.

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  • Question 6

    How can we glorify God?


    By loving him and by obeying his commands and law.

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  • Question 7

    What does the law of God require?


    That we love God with all our heart, soul, mind,

    and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves.

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  • Question 8

    What is the law of God stated

    in the Ten Commandments?


    You shall have no other gods before me. You shall

    not make for yourself an idol. You shall not

    misuse the name of the Lord your God.

    Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

    Honor your father and your mother. You shall not

    murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall

    not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You

    shall not covet.

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  • Question 9

    What does God require in the first,

    second, and third commandments?


    First, that we know God as the only true God.

    Second, that we avoid all idolatry. Third, that we

    treat God’s name with fear and reverence.

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  • Question 10

    What does God require in the

    fourth and fifth commandments?


    Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in

    worship of God. Fifth, that we love and honor our

    father and our mother.

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  • Question 11

    What does God require in the sixth,

    seventh, and eighth commandments?


    Sixth, that we do not hurt or hate our neighbor.

    Seventh, that we live purely and faithfully. Eighth,

    that we do not take without permission that

    which belongs to someone else.

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  • Question 12

    What does God require in the

    ninth and tenth commandments?


    Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive. Tenth, that

    we are content, not envying anyone.

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  • Question 13

    Can anyone keep the law of

    God perfectly?


    Since the fall, no human has been able to keep

    the law of God perfectly.

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  • Question 14

    Did God create us unable to keep

    his law?


    No, but because of the disobedience of Adam

    and Eve, we are all born in sin and guilt, and

    unable to keep God’s law.

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  • Question 15

    Since no one can keep the

    law, what is its purpose?


    That we may know the holy nature of God,

    and the sinful nature of our hearts; and thus

    our need of a Savior.

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  • Question 16

    What is sin?


    Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he

    created, not being or doing what he requires

    in his law.

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  • Question 17

    What is idolatry?


    Idolatry is trusting in created things rather

    than the Creator.

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  • Question 18

    Will God allow our disobedience

    and idolatry to go unpunished?


    No, God is righteously angry with our sins

    and will punish them both in this life, and in

    the life to come.

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  • Question 19

    Is there any way to escape

    punishment and be brought

    back into God’s favor?


    Yes, God reconciles us to himself by

    a Redeemer.

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  • Question 20

    Who is the Redeemer?


    The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • Part 2

    Christ, Redemption, Grace

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  • Question 21

    What sort of Redeemer

    is needed to bring us back

    to God?


    One who is truly human and also truly God.

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  • Question 22

    Why must the Redeemer be

    truly human?


    That in human nature he might on our behalf

    perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the

    punishment for human sin.

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  • Question 23

    Why must the Redeemer be

    truly God?


    That because of his divine nature his

    obedience and suffering would be perfect

    and effective.

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  • Question 24

    Why was it necessary for

    Christ, the Redeemer, to die?


    Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us

    from the power and penalty of sin and bring

    us back to God.

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  • Question 25

    Does Christ’s death mean all

    our sins can be forgiven?


    Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully

    paid the penalty for our sin, God will remember

    our sins no more.


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