By: Zach Terry
This catechism is written to aid parents in developing the theology of their children prior to salvation or to confirm the child’s salvation soon after salvation. The ability to answer each of these questions correctly does not in and of itself prove the reality of conversion. However, the Bible does teach that true conversion will result in a true theology on the essentials of the Gospel. That is why I have kept this catechism short.
There are many other important matters that are not covered here. For example; Creation, The Bible, Heaven, Missions, ect. It is encouraged that the parents follow this worksheet up with the Children’s Catechism edited by myself. For a copy email me at email@example.com.
Instructions; First and foremost have the child memorize the questions and answers. Perhaps you may cover one a day or one a week until the child knows the answers thoroughly. Secondly you want them to comprehend the answers. I recommend that you select Bible stories that show the reality of each truth. If you child is at an age where he or she can memorize well, have them memorize the corresponding verses with each Q and A.
Q. 1. What is sin?
A. Disobeying the commands of God
Romans 3:23 (NASB95)23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Q. 2. Why do people sin?
A. They do not believe God
Romans 1:25 (NASB95)25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Q. 3. How does God feel about our sin and unbelief?
A. God is Holy and He is angry with sinners
Psalm 7:11 (NKJV)11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.
Q. 4. What must God do to those who have sinned?
A. Pour out His wrath on them forever
Mark 9:45 (NKJV)45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—
Q. 5. What can man do to earn God’s mercy?
A. Absolutely nothing
Titus 3:5 (NKJV)5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Q. 6. What hope do we have of forgiveness?
A. The work of Jesus on the cross
Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Q. 7. Who was Jesus?
A. The only Son of God
John 3:16 (NKJV)16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Q. 8. What was Jesus nature?
A. Jesus was God who took on humanity (100% God 100% Man)
John 1:14 (NKJV)14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Q. 9. Did Jesus ever sin?
A. Jesus never sinned
Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV)15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Q. 10. What did Jesus do on the cross that we might be saved?
A. He took our sins upon himself and God judged Him rather than us
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Q. 11. How do we know that his death was sufficient (enough to satisfy God)?
A. Jesus said, “it is finished” and God was pleased to raise Jesus from the dead
John 19:30 (NKJV)30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
Q. 12. What must we do to be saved?
A. Trust in the finished work of Jesus
Acts 16:30-31 (NKJV)30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”