Please click here if you missed the Introduction, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 or Part 6 of our new Ecumenical Catechism.  Part 6 explores the differences in views of the two main Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Part 7

Q24. What thankfulness do you owe to God for giving His Son to shed His blood for you?

A. I ought to deny myself and walk in His Commandments all the days of my life.

Q25. Repeat the Commandments. (Exodus 20:1-17)

A. Hearken and take heed, O Israel, for I am the Lord thy God, who has brought thee out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of bondage:

  1. You shall have no other Gods before me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all these laws in our hearts, we beseech Thee.

Q26. What is the sum and effect of all these Commandments?

A. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.  (Matthew 22:34-40)

Q27. Is any man able to do these things perfectly in this life?

A. None at all.

“None” refers to “any man” and also none of the commandments. At some time in our lives we have broken all of the commandments and thus deserve the fires of hell. God doesn’t grade on a curve! If we are honest, we will also admit that we sin daily, sometimes even hourly. Still, as we live, God is working in us to sanctify us so that we sin less as we live longer as Christians. Finally, one day we will be in heaven, and be “saved to sin no more,” as William Cowper wrote in the hymn “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood.”

Q28. Why so?

A. Because no man is perfectly sanctified in this life.

Q29. Yet must not we press toward perfection in fulfilling God’s commandments?

A. Doubtless, for otherwise there is neither faith nor fear of God in us.

Q30. What must we do then, when we break any of these Commandments?

A. We must run to God by repentance and prayer.

Q31. What do you call repentance?

A. It is the turning of my heart to God with unfeigned sorrow for offending His majesty, and a constant resolution to amend my life.

Q32. What do you call prayer?

A. It is calling upon God in the name of Christ for things belonging to God’s glory and our necessity.

Discussion questions for seventh session:

  1. Jesus made it clear that none of us can keep the Ten Commandments in His teaching ministry, especially the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Does this make you feel tired and guilty? Or grateful that He died for you and empowers you more and more to live for Him and sin less often?
  2. Do you find yourself being more aware of your smaller sins as you get older? (Q28, Q29)
  3. Do you feel burdened by Q30-Q32 because you don’t do it enough? What is the solution to have grace, not guilt?
  4. Do you find there a tension between law and grace? How do you resolve this in your Christian walk? Do feel burdened or joyful when considering the Ten Commandments and their extension in the Sermon on the Mount and Catechisms of your church?
  5. See hymn text for “Christian, dost thou see them.” Does this give you comfort?
  6. As you take prayer requests for members of your study group, remember to pray for leaders in your workplace, other churches, and government leaders of all nations. Especially pray for personal progress in grace-filled sanctification and encouragement of other believers.

Hymns for Part 7 (click to listen and see the hymn text and biography of the author/translator etc.)

Christian Dost Thou See Them       Attr. to Andrew of Crete, ca. 660-732 / John B. Dykes, 1868

This may be an obscure hymn unfamiliar to many, but the lyrics and key change from minor to major that goes along with the lyrics are really good!

1 Christian, dost thou see them
on the holy ground,
how the pow’rs of darkness
rage thy steps around?
Christian, up and smite them,
counting gain but loss,
in the strength that cometh
by the holy cross.

2 Christian, dost thou feel them,
how they work within,
striving, tempting, luring,
goading into sin?
Christian, never tremble;
never be downcast;
gird thee for the battle,
watch and pray and fast.

3 Christian, dost thou hear them,
how they speak thee fair?
“Always fast and vigil?
Always watch and prayer?”
Christian, answer boldly,
“While I breathe I pray!”
Peace shall follow battle,
night shall end in day.

4 Hear the words of Jesus:
“O my servant true:
thou art very weary –
I was weary too;
but that toil shall make thee
some day all mine own,
and the end of sorrow
shall be near my throne.”

 

O Worship the King                         Robert Grant, 1833 / Johann Haydn 1737-1806, arr. 1815

 

Rock of Ages                                                  Augustus Toplady, 1776 / Thomas Hastings, 1830

 

 

For a hymn that goes with the Introduction to the Ecumenical Catechism (and questions 1-4) and the history behind the hymn, click on Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.

A second hymn with its history and a great picture of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse can be found at This is My Father’s World.

A third hymn (He Hideth My Soul in the Cleft of the Rock) is by America’s Hymn Queen, Fanny Crosby.

Part 3 of the Ecumenical Catechism has questions 5-12Part 4 of the Ecumenical Catechism discusses the Apostle’s Creed, which is believed by Christians of all denominations.

Part 5 of the Ecumenical Catechism lists the books included in the Bible and Sacraments recognized by Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians. Part 6 of our new Ecumenical Catechism explores the differences in views of the two main Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

October 31 marked the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, the day Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. Many biographies of Luther and his influence on church history have recently been written. Here is an article reviewing 25 of them.

For biographies of the authors of the Ecumenical Catechism, click here.

Permission is granted to copy this catechism and italicized comments in its entirety for non-commercial purposes. The copyright on the original 1641 catechism has obviously long since expired. Some minor rewording of the 1959 edition cited above was done.

Sincerely,
Dale Murrish
Troy, Michigan
dale@USAMeltingpot.org
http://usameltingpot.org/author/dale/
Copyright 2005, 2017 by Dale Murrish. All rights reserved except as noted above.
Version 3.97, August, 2017

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