2016-10-26 Public School Catechism Test
1. Why did the church need a Reformation?
a. The Muslims burned the churches and the books. They killed Christians.
b. The Church stopped teaching the Bible.
c. The Church’s message wasn’t all about Jesus anymore, it was all about the saints.
2. What did Luther find that was so special in the Bible?
a. Salvation by faith
b. In Romans 1:17 – For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
3. What are indulgences?
a. Pieces of paper the Catholic church was selling, promising to forgive sins.
b. They also promised that indulgences would spring people from purgatory.
4. What is Reformation Day?
a. a. The day Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses
b. To the castle church door
c. In Wittenberg.
5. What did Luther say at the Diet of Worms?
a. Unless you can prove from the Bible that what I said was wrong
b. I cannot and will not take anything back.
c. Here I stand.
d. I cannot do otherwise. God help me.
6. What did Luther do at the Warburg Castle?
a. Translated the Bible
b. The New Testament
c. From Greek into German.
7. What do we know about God from the things he created?
We know that God is powerful, wise, and creative.
He is bigger than we are, smarter than we are, and he is everywhere.
8. What do we know about God from our consciences?
We learn that we have broken God’s Law and that he is angry with us.
We learn that we are guilty and the we deserved to be punished.
9. Why do we need the Bible?
Only in the Bible can we learn about salvation and grace through Jesus Christ.
10. Whom did God use to give us the Old and New Testaments?
He used prophets to write the Old Testament and apostles to write the New Testament.
11. Passage – What is the Bible?
John 17:17 – Sanctify them by the truth; your Word is truth.
12. Write the books of the Bible (The 7th & 8th grades will write 10 books of Pastor’s choosing. The 6th grade will write 10 books of Pastor’s choosing from the New Testament.)
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (Song of Solomon), Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1st & 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st & 2nd Thessalonians, 1st & 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1st & 2nd Peter, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd John, Jude, Revelation.
13. How can all the words of the Bible be God’s Word if human writers wrote them?
The Holy Spirit told the writers what to write.
2nd Peter 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
14. Of what are we assured by the fact that the Bible is God’s Word?
It’s all true.
All the promises in the Bible are trustworthy.
15. What does God teach us by the law?
God teaches us that we are sinners and that we deserve punishment and damnation.
God tells us what to do and what not to do.
16. Passage – What does God teach us by the Gospel?
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17. What is the chief purpose of the Bible?
To lead people to know and to believe in Jesus as their only hope of salvation.
18. Why isn’t our conscience always dependable?
It can become so hardened by sin that it no longer bothers us when we sin.
It might tell us that something is a sin when it’s not.
19. What is the simplest summary of God’s Law?
Love God and love your neighbor.
Matthew 22:37-40 37 Jesus replied: ”‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
20. Why does God remind us that our loving Maker and Savior gave us these commandments?
God want us to be willing and glad to obey his commandments.
God is reminding us that his commands are given out of love to benefit us.
Psalm 119:47 – I delight in your commands because I love them.
21. Why is it wrong to think that obeying God’s commandments makes slaves of us and takes all the fun out of life?
God’s commandments show us the way of wisdom, freedom and happiness. It’s breaking them that will take all the fun out of life.
22. What are the three uses of the Law?
a. Mirror, shows us our sins
b. Curb, Keeps us away from evil
c. Passage – Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
23. Write the First Commandment (with the What does this mean?)
You shall have no other gods.
What does this mean?
We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.
24. How do we give glory to God above all things?
a. When we serve and obey God above anything else.
b. When God is more important to us that anything or anyone else.
c. When we rely on God more than money or anyone or anything else to take care of us.
d. Matthew 4:10 – Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
25. According to the First Commandment, how do people sin openly against God’s will?
Whenever something or someone is more important to us that God is, that is idolatry.
When people don’t give equal glory to Jesus as they do the God the Father.
26. Passage – According to the First Commandment, how do people sin secretly against God’s will?
Proverbs 3:5(-6) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.
When we think we know better than God does or follow our own desires instead of his will.
When someone or something takes first place in our hearts instead of God.
27. How does the First Commandment serve as a mirror for us?
The first commandment shows us that we don’t always put God first. It shows us that we are sinners and that we need a Savior.
1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
28. Write the Second Commandment. (Include the “What does this mean?”)
You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God that we do not use His name to curse, swear, lie or deceive, or use witchcraft, but call upon God’s name in every trouble, pray, praise and give thanks.
29. What is God’s name?
God’s name is every expression we use to refer to God.
God’s name is everything God has revealed about himself.
God’s name is Lord, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Almighty, Alpha & Omega, etc.
30. When is swearing a sinful misuse of God’s name?
Swearing is a sin when it is unnecessary (needless swearing: “I swear to God!”)
Swearing is a sin when we use God’s name to tell a lie (False swearing)
Swearing is a sin when we don’t know what we are promising to do. (Swearing in uncertain things.)
31. How does God want us to use His name?
a. Passage – Psalm 50:15: Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will honor me.
b. He wants us to use his name to pray – 1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray continually
c. He wants us to use his name to tell others about him
d. He wants us to use his name to give thanks to him.
32. How does the Second Commandment serve as a mirror for us?
The second commandment shows us that we have not used God’s name as he wants us to use it.
James 5:12: Do not swear – not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let you “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.
33. Write the Third Commandment.
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
What does this mean?
We should fear and love God that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but regard it as holy, and gladly hear and learn it.
34. When are we guilty of despising God’s Word?
a. When we listen to the word, but don’t believe it or do what it says,
b. When we let anything crowd it out of our lives. (Skipping church, devotion, etc.)
c. When we refuse to hear it.
d. Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
35. How does God want us to use his word?
a. Passage – Psalm 122:1 – I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
b. He wants us to share his word.
c. He want us to believe and obey his word.
36. Why do we observe special days, such as Sundays and festivals?
a. We want to, not because we have to.
b. Psalm 122:1 – I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
c. We want to be fed with the Word by our God-given shepherd (our pastor).
d. We want to praise God.
e. We want to encourage each other.
f. Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
37. What are the seasons of the church year?
f. Ascension Day
38. Were you in church this week? If so, where? If not, why not? Were you in Footsteps or Bible Class?