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    Westminster Shorter Catechism Lesson #1

    Question #1: What is the chief end of man?

    Answer: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

    Practice:

    Question #1: What is the chief end of man?

    What does 'chief end' mean? 'Chief end' means main purpose. The mainpurpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

    Why does the catechism say 'man'? What about women? The word 'man'in the catechism is talking about all humansmen, women, and children. Themain purpose of all people is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

    Fill in the blanks:

    What is your main purpose? My main purpose is to ____________________

    ___________ and to ___________________ Him forever.

    How long will you enjoy God? _____________________________

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    Practice:

    Question #1: What is the chief end of man?

    The Catechism summarizes the Bible in a way that is easy to understand andremember.

    Let's find out where the Bible says that our main purpose is to glorify God.

    I Corinthians 10:31: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all forthe glory of God.

    This verse tells us that whatever we do, we should always do it for the glory ofGod.

    Let's find out where the Bible says that our other main purpose is to enjoy Godforever.

    Psalm 73:25-26: Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing Idesire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength ofmy heart and my portion forever.

    The songwriter says in this psalm that even if he is weak or afraid, he knows thatGod is with him always. We can see how much he loves and enjoys Godbecause he says that the whole earth has nothing that he wants as much as hewants God.

    Can you think of any other Bible verse that talks about glorifying or enjoyingGod?

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    Practice:

    Question #1: What is the chief end of man?

    Answer: Man's chief end is to ______________________ ____________,

    and to ________________________ ___________ ____________________.

    Think about how you glorify or enjoy God.

    Draw a picture:

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    Practice:

    Question #1: What is the chief end of man?

    Answer: Man's chief end is to ______________________ ____________,

    and to ________________________ ___________ ____________________.

    Some people think that the main purpose of life is to get a lot of money or otherfun things. Why are they wrong?

    Let's look at a story that Jesus told about this (Luke 12: 16-21):

    The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself,'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' Then he said, 'This is whatI'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store allmy grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good thingslaid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." But God said tohim, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who willget what you have prepared for yourself?' This is how it will be with anyone whostores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.

    Was it wrong for the rich man to build a bigger barn? __________

    Who made the rich man? ________________

    Who gave him the good crops? ____________________

    Who decided when the rich man would die? __________________

    Did the rich man glorify God? ______________

    Why did God call the rich man a fool? ________________________________

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    Practice:

    Question #1: What is the chief end of man?

    Answer: Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

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    Westminster Shorter Catechism Lesson #2

    Question #2: What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify andenjoy Him?

    Answer: The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old andNew Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him.

    Practice:

    Question #2: What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify andenjoy Him?

    What is the Word of God/the Scriptures? The Bible.

    Who wrote the Bible? Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit.

    Why does the catechism say 'hath'? 'Hath' is an old-fashioned way of saying'has'. The question could be said like this, What rule has God given to directand teach us in how to glorify and enjoy Him?

    Fill in the blanks:

    Can we do whatever we want and call it glorifying God? ___________

    What did God give us to teach us how to glorify and enjoy Him? ____________

    We call the Bible the Word of God. What else do we call it? _______________

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    Practice:

    Question #2: What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify andenjoy Him?

    Let's find out where the Bible says that Scripture is our guide to glorifying andenjoying God.

    Ephesians 2:20: built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, withChrist Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

    The apostles and the prophets are the holy men who were taught by the HolySpirit. They wrote the Bible for us as God commanded them. We read it tolearn how to glorify and enjoy God. This verse compares it to a house, wherethe foundation is words of the apostles and prophets, and we are added on laterbuilt on the foundation that is firm and headed up by God HimselfChrist Jesus,the cornerstone.

    2 Timothy 3:16: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

    This verse tells us that all Scripture (both the Old Testament and NewTestament) is from God, so much so that it is like He breathed it out on us. Andit is useful for teaching people, training them to do right, and correcting themwhen they go the wrong way or don't obey God like they should.

    I John 1:3: We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you alsomay have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with hisSon, Jesus Christ.

    John was one of the apostles, the holy men who wrote the Scriptures by theteaching of the Holy Spirit. Here he tells us that the things that he wrote werethings that he saw with his own eyes and heard with his own ears. He hadknown Jesus when Jesus walked the earth, and he saw the miracles that Jesusdid and heard His teaching.

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    Practice:

    Question #2: What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify andenjoy Him?

    Answer: The __________ ___ _______, which is contained in the Scriptures of

    the ________ and ________ Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we

    may _____________ and ___________ Him.

    Do you know your books of the Bible?

    Let's study them! We are going to memorize this poem. It is long, but don'tworry. We don't have to memorize it all at once. We will work on it a little at atime. The books of the Bible are underlined, and the poem helps youunderstand what each book is about.

    Old Testament

    In Genesis, the world was made

    In Exodus, the march is told

    Leviticus contains the law;

    In Numbers are the tribes enrolled.

    In Deuteronomy again,

    Were urged to keep Gods law alone;

    And these five Books of Moses make

    The oldest holy writing known.

    ******

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    Brave Joshua to Canaan leads;

    In Judges, oft the Jews rebel;

    We read of Davids name in Ruth

    And First and Second Samuel.

    In First and Second Kings we readHow bad the Hebrew state became;

    In First and Second Chronicles

    Another history of the same.

    In Ezra, captive Jews return,

    And Nehemiah builds the wall;

    Queen Esther saves her race from death.

    These books Historical we call.

    * * * * *

    In Job we read of patient faith;

    In Psalms are Davids songs of praise;

    The Proverbs are to make us wise;

    Ecclesiastes next portrays,

    How fleeting earthly pleasures are;

    The Song of Solomon is all

    About true love, like Christs; and these

    Five books Devotional we call.

    * * * * * *

    Isaiah tells of Christ to come,

    While Jeremiah tells of woe,

    And in his Lamentations mournsThe Holy Citys overthrow.

    Ezekiel speaks of mysteries;

    And Daniel foretells kings of old;

    Hosea over Israel grieves;

    In Joel blessings are foretold.

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    In Amos, too, are Israels woes;

    And Obadiahs sent to warn;

    While Jonah shows that Christ should die

    And Micah where he should be born.

    In Nahum Nineveh is seen;Habakkuk tells of Chaldeas guilt;

    In Zephaniah are Judahs sins;

    In Haggai the Temples built.

    Then Zechariah speaks of Christ,

    And Malachi, his sign;

    The prophets number seventeen,

    And all the books are thirty-nine.

    New Testament

    Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

    Tell what Christ did in every place;

    The Acts tell what the Apostles did,And Romans how were saved by grace.

    Corinthians instruct the Church;

    Galatians show us faith alone;

    Ephesians, true love, and in

    Philippians Gods grace is shown.

    Colossians tells us more of Christ,

    And Thessalonians of the end;In Timothy and Titus both

    Are rules for pastors to attend.

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