Instructors: Elise Horton & Haley Bormann
This year, Covenant Kids will be learning Bible truths using First Catechism, which is a primer on the Christian faith. Catechizing – systematic instructing using simple questions and answers – is a tried and effective tool for spiritual nurture. In the Presbyterian/Reformed tradition, this has been a common form for expressing and memorizing key elements of the Bible and our system of doctrine. This process teaches children to know, love and serve God.
September 14 & 21: Questions 1-5
Q. 1. Who made you?
Q. 2. What else did God make?
A. God made all things.
Q. 3. Why did God make you and all things ?
A. For his own glory.
Q. 4. How can you glorify God?
A. By loving him and doing what he commands.
Q. 5. Why are you to glorify God?
A. Because he made me and takes care of me.
September 28 & October 5: Questions 6-9
Q. 6. Is there more than one true God?
A. No. There is only one God.
Q. 7. In how many persons does this one God exist?
A. In three persons.
Q. 8. Name these three Persons
A. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Q. 9. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, and does not have a body like men.
October 19 & 26: Questions 10-13
Q. 10. Where is God?
A. God is everywhere.
Q. 11. Can you see God?
A. No. I cannot see God, but he always sees me.
Q. 12. Does God know all things?
A. Yes. Nothing can be hidden from God.
Q. 13. Can God do all things?
A. Yes. God can do all his holy will.
November 2 & 30: Questions 14-15
Q. 14. Where do you learn how to love and obey God?
A. In the Bible alone.
Q. 15. Who wrote the Bible?
A. Chosen men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
January 4 & 11: Questions 16-22
Q. 16. Who were our first parents?
A. Adam and Eve.
Q. 17. How did God create man?
A. God created man, male and female, after his own image.
Q. 18. Of what were our first parents made?
A. God made Adam’s body out of the ground and Eve’s body out of a rib from Adam.
Q. 19. What else did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies.
A. He gave them souls that will last forever.
Q. 20. Do you have a soul as well as a body?
A. Yes. And my should is going to last forever.
Q. 21. How do you know your should will last forever?
A. Because the Bible tells me so.
Q. 22. In what condition did God make Adam and Eve?
A. He made them hold and happy.
January 18 & 25: Questions 23-28
Q. 23. What covenant did God make with Adam?
A. The covenant of life.
Q. 24. What is a covenant?
A. A relationship that God establishes with us and guarantees by his word.
Q. 25. In the covenant of life, what id God require Adam to do?
A. To obey God perfectly.
Q. 26. What did God promise in the covenant of life?
A. To reward Adam with life if he obeyed God perfectly.
Q. 27. What did God threaten in the covenant of life?
A. To punish Adam with death if he disobeyed God.
Q. 28. Did Adam keep the covenant of life?
A. No. He sinned against God.
February 1 & 8: Questions 29-32
Q. 29. What is sin?
A. Sin is any lack of conformity to, or transgression of, the law of God.
Q. 30. What is meant by lack of conformity?
A. Not being or doing what God requires.
Q. 31. What is meant by transgression?
A. Doing what God forbids.
Q. 32. What does every sin deserve?
A. The wrath and curse of God.
February 15 & 22: Questions 33-35
Q. 33. What was the sin of our first parents?
A. Eating the forbidden fruit.
Q. 34. Who tempted Adam and Eve?
A. Satan tempted Eve first, and then he used her to tempt Adam.
Q. 35. How did Adam and Eve change when they sinned?
A. Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.
March 1 & 8: Questions 36-40
Q. 36. Did Adam act for himself alone in the covenant of life?
A. No. He represented the whole human race.
Q. 37. What effect did the sin of Adam have on you and all people?
A. We are all born guilty and sinful.
Q. 38. How sinful are you by nature?
A. I am corrupt in every part of my being.
Q. 39. What is the sinful nature that we inherit from Adam called?
A. Original sin.
Q. 40. Can anyone go to heaven with this sinful nature?
A. No. Our hearts must be changed before we can believe in Jesus and go to heaven.
March 15 & 22: Questions 41-48
Q. 41. What is this change of heart called?
A. The new birth, or regeneration.
Q. 42. Who can change a sinner’s heart?
A. The Holy Spirit alone.
Q. 43. Can anyone be saved through the covenant of life?
A. No. No one can be saved through the covenant of life.
Q. 44. Why can’t anyone be saved through the covenant of life?
A. Because all have broken it and are condemned by it.
Q. 45. How did you break the covenant of life?
A. Adam represented all people, and so I fell with Adam in his first sin.
Q. 46. How, then, can you be saved?
A. By the Lord Jesus Christ through the covenant of grace.
Q. 47. Who did Christ represent in the covenant of grace?
A. His elect people.
Q. 48. How did Christ fulfill the covenant of grace?
A. Christ obeyed the whole law for his people, and then suffered the punishment due for their sins.
March 29 & April 5: Questions 49-54
Q. 49. Did Jesus ever sin?
A. No. He lived a sinless life.
Q. 50. How could Christ suffer?
A. Christ, the Son of God, became a man so that he could obey and suffer in our place.
Q. 51. For whom did Christ obey and suffer?
A. For all whom God the Father gave to Christ.
Q. 52. What kind of life did Christ live on earth?
A. A life of obedience, service and suffering.
Q. 53. What kind of death did Jesus die?
A. The painful and shameful death of the cross.
Q. 54. What is meant by the atonement?
A. Christ satisfied God’s justice by his suffering and death as a substitute for sinners.
April 26 & May 3: Questions 55-57
Q. 55. What does God the Father guarantee in the covenant of grace?
A. To justify and sanctify all those for whom Christ died.
Q. 56. How does God justify you?
A. God forgives all my sins and accepts me as righteous through Christ.
Q. 57. How does God sanctify you?
A. God makes me more and more holy in heart and conduct.