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Q1. What is man's primary purpose?
To glorify God and enjoy him forever.
Q2. What authority from God directs us how to glorify and enjoy him?
The only aurthority for glorifying and enjoying him is the Bible, which is the word of God and is made up of the Old and New Testaments.
Q.3 What does the Bible primarily teach?
The Bible primarily teaches what man must believe about God and what God requires of man.
Q.4 What is God?
God is a spirit, whose being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth are infinite, eternal and unchangeable.
Q.6 How many persons are in the one God?
Three persons are in the one God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, same in substance and equal in power and glory.
Q.7 What are the decrees of God?
The decrees of God are his eternal plan based on the purpose of his will, by which, for his own glory, he has foreordanied everything that happens.
Q.8 How does God carry out his decrees?
God carries out his decrees in creation and providence.
Q.14 What is sin?
Sin is disobeying or not conforming to God's law in any way.
Q.16 Did all mankind fall in Adam's first disobedience?
Since the covenant was made not only for Adam but also for his natural descendants, all mankind sinned in him and fell with him in his first disobedience.
Q.17 What happened to man in the fall?
Man fell into a condition of sin and misery.
Q.20 Did God leave all mankind to die in sin and misery?
From all eternity and merely because it pleased him God chose some to have everlasting life. These he freed from sin and misery by a covenant of grace and brought them to salvation by a redeemer.
Q.21 Who is the redeemer of God's chosen ones?
The only redeemer of God's chosen is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who became man. He was and continues to be God and man in two distinct natures and one person forever.
Q.22 How did Christ, the Son of God, become man?
Christ, the Sond of God, became man by assuming a real body and a reasoning soul. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, who gave birth to him; yet he was sinless.
Q.31 What is effective Calling?
Effective calling is the work of God's Spirit, who convinces us that we are sinful and miserable, who enlightens our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and who renews our wills. This is how he persuades and makes us able to receive Jesus Christ, who is freely offered to us in the gospel.
Q.32 What benefits do those who are effectively called share in this life?
In this life those who are effectively called share justification, adoption, sanctification, and the other benefits that either go with or come from him.
Q.33 What is Justification?
Justification is the act of God's free grace by which he pardons all our sins and accepts us as righteous in his sight. He does so only because he counts the righteousness of Christ as ours. Justification is received by faith alone.
Q.34 What is adoption?
Adoption is the act of God's free grace by which we become his sons with all the rights and privileges of being his.
Q.35 What is sanctification?
Sanctification is the work of God's free grace by which our whole person is made new in the image of God, and we are made more and more able to become dead to sin and alive to righteousness.
Q.85 What does God require from us to escape His anger and curse, which we deserve for our sin?
To escape God's anger and curse, which we deserve for our sin, God requires from us faith in Jesus Christ and repentance unto life along with dilegent involvement in all the external ways Christ uses to bring us the benefits of redemption.
Q.86 What is faith in Jesus Christ?
Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, by which we receive and rest on him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.
Q.87 What is repentance unto life?
Repentance unto life is a saving grace, by which a sinner, being truly aware of his sinfulness, understands the mercy of God in Christ, grieves for and hates his sins, and turns from them to God, fully intending and striving for new obedience.
Q.88 What are the ordinary, external ways Christ uses to bring us the benefits of redemption?
The ordinary, external ways Christ uses to bring us the benefits of redemption are his regulations, particularly the word, sacraments, and prayer, all of which are made effective for the salvation of his chosen ones.
Q.89 What makes the word effective for salvation?
The Spirit of God causes the reading and especially the preaching of the word to convince and convert sinners and to build them up in holiness and comfort through faith to salvation.
Q.92 What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is a holy regulation established by Christ, in which Christ and the benefits of the new covenant are represented, sealed, and applied to beleivers by physical signs.
Q.94 What is baptism?
The sacrament of baptism is a washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, which is a sign and seal that we are joined to Christ, that we receive the benefits of the covenant of grace, and that we are engaged to be the Lord's.
Q.96 What is the Lord's Supper?
The Lord's Supper is a sacrament in which bread and wine are given and received as Christ directed to proclaim his death. Those who receive the Lord's Supper in the right way share in his body and blood with all his benefits, not physically but by faith, and become spiritually stronger and grow in grace.
Q.98 What is prayer?
Prayer is offering our desires to God in the name of Christ for things that agree with his will, confessing our sins, and thankfully recognizing his mercies.