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    Edited by J. Parnell McCarter

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    Dedicated to the Banner of Truth Trust, which has published fine puritan and reformed literature.

    Second Edition

    Edited by J. Parnell McCarter

    ©2005 J. Parnell McCarter. All Rights Reserved.

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    The Puritans’ Home School Curriculum www.puritans.net

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    Course Instructions…………………………………….p. 4

    Course Check-off List…………...…..………………….p. 5

    Assignments and Quizzes…………………………...pp. 7- End

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    There are few resources as valuable as the Westminster Larger Catechism in imparting to Christian students a sound and thorough understanding of the doctrines of scripture. Parents would be well advised to utilize it with their own children, especially those who have successfully completed a study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism and a reading of all the scriptures. The two volumes of this workbook give teachers a vehicle for training students in the Larger Catechism over a period of approximately two years. Volume I (consisting of questions 1-90 in the Westminster Larger Catechism) in this workbook series first addresses those foundational doctrines concerning man, God, and God’s word; and then it outlines what God’s word principally teaches us to believe concerning God. Volume II (consisting of questions 91-196 in the Westminster Larger Catechism) outlines what God’s word principally teaches regarding the duty of man, having considered what we are to believe concerning God in Volume I. The suggested method of use is for a parent or other teacher to hand out at the beginning of the week the week’s assignment. Students should study the material during the week, as part of their daily Bible study and prayer time. Then on the following Lord’s Day of each week the parent can administer the quiz covering what the child has studied during the previous week, using the tests provided in this workbook. This quiz includes answering the questions posed, as well as providing scripture proofs for the answers. It should not be necessarily expected that the student can answer the question with the same exact words as the Larger Catechism, but the answers should basically correspond with the catechism’s answers. Furthermore, the student should be expected to know how the scripture text supports the answer, or at least part of the answer. It is recommended that the student be allowed to use his open Bible in taking the quizzes. In addition, the weekly assignment sometimes includes doing written work pertaining to the reading for the week. This should be collected by the parent on the following Lord’s Day as well. The parent should grade the overall quality and completeness of the student’s quiz answers and written work. The score (on a 100-point scale) and grade should be recorded on the Course Check-Off List.

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    COURSE CHECK-OFF LIST Student Name: ___________________________________________________________ Teacher Name: ___________________________________________________________

    Week # QUIZ AND WORK


    100-POINT SCALE) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

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    41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75

    Average Score Overall Grade in Course (Letter Grade Equivalent of the Average Test Score): ____

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    Note: Grading in this course should be done on a 100-point scale, with letter grades assigned as follows:

    Letter Grade Score on 100-Point Scale A+ 97 - 100 A 94 - 96 A- 90 – 93 B+ 87 - 89 B 84 - 86 B- 80 - 83 C+ 77 - 79 C 74 - 76 C- 70 - 73 D 60 - 69 F 0 - 59

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    Week Twenty-Four Reading and Study (Begins to consider WHAT SCRIPTURES REQUIRE AS THE DUTY OF MAN, HAVING SEEN WHAT THE SCRIPTURES PRINCIPALLY TEACH US TO BELIEVE CONCERNING GOD): Q. 91. What is the duty which God requireth of man? A. The duty which God requireth of man, is obedience to his revealed will.[397] [397] Romans 12:1-2. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Micah 6:8. He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 1 Samuel 15:22. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. Q. 92. What did God at first reveal unto man as the rule of his obedience?

    A. The rule of obedience revealed to Adam in the estate of innocence, and to all mankind in him, besides a special command not to eat of the fruit of the tree knowledge of good and evil, was the moral law.[398]

    [398] Genesis 1:26-27. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Romans 2:14-15. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) Romans 10:5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Genesis 2:17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Q. 93. What is the moral law?

    A. The moral law is the declaration of the will of God to mankind, directing and binding every one to personal, perfect, and perpetual conformity and obedience thereunto, in the frame and disposition of the whole man, soul and body,[399] and in performance of all those duties of holiness and righteousness which he oweth to God and man:[400] promising life upon the fulfilling, and threatening death upon the breach of it.[401]

    [399] Deuteronomy 5:1-3, 31, 33. And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.... But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they

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    may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.... Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess. Luke 10:26-27. He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. [400] Luke 1:75. In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Acts 24:16. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. [401] Romans 10:5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Galatians 3:10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Galatians 3:12. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Q. 94. Is there any use of the moral law to man since the fall? A. Although no man, since the fall, can attain to righteousness and life by the moral law:[402] yet there is great use thereof, as well common to all men, as peculiar either to the unregenerate,

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