A Baptist Catechism – Question #4

Question:  What Is The Word Of God?

Answer:  The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, being given by divine inspiration, are the Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

Scriptures:

2 Peter 1:21 – For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Isaiah 8:20 – To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.

Matthew 5:17-18 – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”

1 Corinthians 2:13 – And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

Psalm 19:7-8 – The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right,         rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

*From the Desiring God Website, edited and annotated by John Piper.

A Baptist Catechism – Question #3

Question:  How Do We Know There Is A God?

Answer:  The light of nature in man, and the works of God, plainly declares that there is a God; but his word and Spirit only, do effectually reveal him unto us for our salvation.

Scripture:

Romans 1:18-20 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Psalm 19:1-2 – The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.

2 Timothy 3:15 – and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:21-24 – For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 – But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

Matthew 11:27 – All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

*From the Desiring God Website, edited and annotated by John Piper

A Baptist Catechism – Question 2

Question:  What is the Chief End of Man?

Answer:  Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 10:31 – So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 73:25-26 – Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.  My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Isaiah 43:7 – Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.

*From the Desiring God Website, edited and annotated by John Piper

A Baptist Catechism – Question #1

Question:  Who is the First and Best Being?

Answer:  God is the first and best being.

Scripture:

Isaiah 44:6 – Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:  “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.

Psalm 8:1 – O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

Psalm 96:4 – For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.

Psalm 97:9 – For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

1 Samuel 2:2 – There is none holy like the LORD:  for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

*From the Desiring God Website, edited and annotated by John Piper