Starting Sunday, May 16, Rev. Dennis Howard (our Pastoral Care Support Worker) began a sermon series using the reference of A Catechism for Today, a teaching resource book written by and for Presbyterians, yet also containing information common to all Christians. Download a copy below and read along with us. A few hard copies are available from the church office; please contact our Administrator Pearl to arrange a pick-up time.
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24. What is sin?
25. What is the effect of sin?
20. What do we believe about God's providence?
21. Does God rule the world?
22. If God rules, why is there evil and suffering?
17. What does it mean that all people are created in the image of God?
18. Why did God make us male and female?
12. What do we believe when we say, “I believe in God, the Father almighty”?
13. Why do we call God “the Father”?
14. In calling God “Father” do we mean that God is male?
11. Are faith and reason contradictory?
8. Since there is only one God, why do we speak of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?
9. Each of the three parts of the creed begins with the words, “I believe.” What does it mean to believe?
10. Does faith exclude all doubt?
Topic Question 5: What as Christians are we to believe?
9 because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak 2 Corinthians 4:13
Topic Question 3: Yet some people no longer believe there is a God. Why do we believe in God?
Topic Question 4: Is the pursuit of science incompatible with faith in God?
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
6 For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Genesis 1:1-3
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. John 1:1-4
Topic Question 1: What is God's purpose for our lives?
We have been made for joy: joy in knowing, loving, and serving God, joy in knowing, loving, and serving one another, joy in the wonder of all God's works.
Topic Question 2: What does it mean to know, love, and serve God?
We know God in Jesus Christ witnessed to in scripture. We love and serve God in worship and in the care and compassion we show for all creation. Worship draws us into the work of Christ. In union with him we pray and work for the healing and salvation of the world. Christ calls us to a life of kindness and generosity. How can we love God, whom we cannot see, without loving those whom we can see?
27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. John 1:18
20 Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 1 John 4:20