Start ‘Em Early!

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It is crucial to understand the basic doctrines of Scripture from an early age. The Puritans passed on these doctrines to their children through a question and answer system called the catechism based on the Westminster Confession of Faith. Here is a simpler version for smaller children that I have taken, reduced, and adapted (due to differences I have with the Westminster Confession and reduced into easier language) that I would encourage you to use at the supper table regularly and systematically to enhance their grasp on God’s revelation of Himself to us. Set goals as a family, make it fun, and reward them when they reach your family goal!

1. Who made you? God

2. What else did God make? God made all things.

3. Why did God make all things? For His own glory and enjoyment.

4. Why do things work as they do? God has ordered it.

5. How do we learn about God? God shows Himself.

6. Where does God show Himself? In His word and in creation.

7. What does God show about Himself in creation? His character, law, and anger.

8. What more does God show about Himself in His Word? God’s mercy toward His people.

9. Where is God’s Word today? The Bible is God’s Word.

10. How many Gods are there? There is one true God.

11. How many persons are in the Godhead? Three.

12. Who are these persons? Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

13. Where is God? He is everywhere.

14. How long has God been alive? He has always been alive.

15. How is man special? He is made in God’s image.

16. Who was the first man? Adam.

17. What was Adam like at creation? He was good.

18. Did Adam remain good? No, he sinned.

19. What is sin? Disobedience to God’s law.

20. What is the penalty for sin? Death.

21. What happened because of Adam’s sin? Death came to all men.

22. Why did Adam’s sin affect all of us? We all sinned when Adam did.

23. Must everyone die for sin? No, God offers eternal life.

24. How may we be saved from sin and death? Only through Jesus Christ.

25. Who is Jesus Christ? He is God’s Son.

26. Did Jesus ever sin? No, only He is righteous.

27. What did Jesus do for His people? He conquered death.

28. How did He do this? He died, then rose again.

29. What else did Christ conquer? All his enemies.

30. Are His enemies powerful? They have come to nothing.

31. What did He give to His people? His own righteousness.

32. What did He take from His people? Their sin.

33. How is Christ’s work brought to His people? By the Holy Spirit.

34. What does the Holy Spirit do? He gives faith.

35. What is faith? Resting on Christ for salvation.

36. How do we recognize true faith? It produces good works.

37. Who are Christ’s people? They make up His church.

38. What are the traits of His church? The Word, discipline, and ceremonies.

39. How is the Word a trait of His church? All God’s Word is preached.

40. How is discipline a trait of His church? God’s people are protected.

41. What are ceremonies? Signs of God’s new promise.

42. What ceremonies are there? Baptism and the Lord’s supper.

43. Who is Head of the Church? Jesus Christ.

44. What offices has Christ appointed? Overseers and deacons.

45. Is His Church perfect? It is being perfected.

46. When will it be perfect? At the resurrection.

47. What happens at the resurrection? Christ judges all men’s deeds.

48. What of those He holds righteous? They dwell with Him forever.

49. What of those He condemns? They perish forever.

50. How does this judgment affect Christ? It makes His glory bigger.