New City Catechism

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NCC Q 17 What is idolatry? Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security. Intro – Understanding the concept of idolatry in Biblical times. I. The Nature of Idolatry A.Idolatry goes beyond bowing down. B. Idolatry is practiced in the heart. C. It takes place when […]

Sin – Myth or Reality?


I. The Nature of Sin Rejecting or Ignoring God Rebelling against God a. Living without reference to God b. Not being or doing God requires II. The Effects of Sin Death Disintegration of all creation III. The Fight against Sin By Faith in Christ Through the Power of the Spirit On Three Fronts a. The […]

The Purpose of the Law

I.The Law helps us see God It shows us God’s nature It shows us God’s will. II. The Law helps us see Ourselves It shows us our sinful nature It shows us our disobedient hearts  III. The Law helps us see our need for Jesus Who never broke the Law Who always did what the Law […]

Keeping an Unkeepable law


Keeping an Impossible Law   The Human Condition since the Fall Break the Law in Thought, Word & Deed Battle in the mind by the power of the Spirit   The Condition of creation since the Fall God’s creation is Good Our First Parent’s sin has widespread consequences   The New Man’s Mission to reverse […]

The Second Table of the Law


 5. Honor your Father and Mother The Placement of the commandment The Meaning of the commandment The Implications of the commandment  6. Do No Murder With your hands With your tongue With your heart  7. Do Not Commit Adultery The Surface of the Commandment The Substance of the Commandment  8. Do Not Steal Rather be content Rather be […]

The First Table of the Law

                  Prologue I. No other gods before me (Don’t worship False gods) II. No graven images (Don’t worship the true God Falsely) Satan would have us create a God we can confine God would have us embrace who He has revealed Himself to be in Scripture God […]

O how I love your Law – NCC Q#8


             OH HOW I LOVE YOUR LAW Intro God instructs certain people or peoples to do certain things at certain times. I. Defining the Law The Pentateuch, first 5 books of the Bible The 10 commandments II. Interpreting the different parts of the Law, in light of the new Testament Ceremonial Law: Rights and rituals […]

Love the Lord with all your Heart


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. NCC Q:7 What does the law of God require?   A: Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids […]

Enjoying God – NCC Q#6


   Q: How can we glorify God?    A: We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law. What does it mean to glorify God How can we best glorify God? A. The enjoying and the loving and the trusting is the root B. The Obedience […]

God’s Good Creation


Q: What else did God create?    A: God created all things by his powerful    Word, and all his creation was very good;    everything flourished under his loving rule. I. God created all things God Creates God Created not only us, but ALL things II. All His creation was very good   III. Everything […]