========================== Simple Catechism Questions For Children ============================ By Rev. L.G.C. Ledeboer Late Reformed Minister at Benthuizen The Netherlands ==================================== The Rev. L.G.C. Ledeboer The Rev. Ledeboer was born in Rotterdam, Holland, September 30, 1808, and died in the year 1863. He was glad to leave this wilderness of the world and enter into the rest of Immanuel's Land. At times he would tell what great things the Lord had done to his soul, and how he obtained the Pearl of great price. In the days of his youth, he already had a desire to become a minister and preach the Gospel. In the year 1838, the Lord granted his desire. He was a true servant of God. Rev. Ledeboer was also a poet, and here follows one of his poems for children: The Teacher Little children do you know The worldly things are only show? Deceitful for the eyes; Your little heart won't nourished be, But those, who something better see: Children! He will not despise. Do you love the world still, That your little hearts cannot fill? May you renounce it and reject, Early leave the paths of sin, Looking prayerfully up to Him: Jesus can your soul protect! Questions and answers Scripture-proofs l. Who has created you? Gen.1:26 And God said, Let us God. Gen. 1:26 make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 2. Who is God? Joh.4:24 God is a Spirit. A most perfect Spirit. John 4:24 3. How must God be served? Joh.4:24 God is a Spirit: and In spirit and in truth. John they that worship him must 4:24 worship him in spirit and in truth. 4. Can you do this? 1 Cor.2:14 But the natural man No, I cannot. I Cor. 2:14 receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 5. Why not? Eccl.7:29 Lo, this only have I Because I do not know Him. Eccl. found, that God hath made man 7:29 upright; but they have sought out many inventions. 6. How is it that you do not Rom.5:12 Wherefore, as by one know your Creator? man sin entered into the world, It is because of sin. Rom. 5:12 and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. 7. What is sin? Rom.7:10 And the commandment, Disobedience to God. Rom. 7:10 which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 8. What does God demand of us? Matt.22:37 Jesus said unto him, That we love Him above all Thou shalt love the Lord thy God things. Matt. 22:37, etc. with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 9. What do we love? 1 Joh.2:15 Love not the world, Sin and the world. I John 2:15 neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 10. How did sin enter into the world? Through the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve. Gen. 3-6 11. Where was that sin committed? In paradise. 12. What was the first sin? Eating of the forbidden tree. Rom.1:18 For the wrath of God is 13. What was the result of this? revealed from heaven against all Death and corruption. Rom. 1:18 ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. 14. In what does corruption Eph.4:18 Having the consist? understanding darkened, being In total inability and alienated from the life of God unwillingness toward any good. through the ignorance that is in Eph. 4:18 them, because of the blindness of their heart. 15. What is the greatest misery? Rev.3:17 Because thou sayest, I Not to feel our misery. Rev. am rich, and increased with 3:17 goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. 16. Is that necessary? Jer.3:13 Only acknowledge thine Yes, Jer. 3 :13, "Only iniquity, that thou hast acknowledge thine iniquity." transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. 17. How do we come to that Joh.16:8 And when he is come, he knowledge? will reprove the world of sin, By the discovering light of the and of righteousness, and of Holy Ghost. John 16:8 judgment. 18. Wherein does this true Ps.51:3,4 For I acknowledge my knowledge reveal itself? transgressions: and my sin is In the knowledge of one's own ever before me. Against thee, guilt and in the approval of thee only, have I sinned, and God's punishment. Ps. 51:3,4 done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 19. Which punishment is this? 2 Thess.1:9 Who shall be Everlasting destruction. II punished with everlasting Thess. 1:9 destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. 20. Where will that be? Luk.16:23 And in hell he lift up In hell. Luke 16:23 his eyes, being in torments. 21. What is hell? Rev.21:8 But the fearful, and A lake which burneth with fire unbelieving, and the abominable, and brimstone. Rev. 21:8 and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 22. Who will be there? Luk.19:27 But those mine Unconverted adults and children. enemies, which would not that I Luke 19:27 should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me. 23. What does it mean to be unconverted? To be deprived of the favour of God and His blessed fellowship. 24. Wherein is this revealed? Rom.8:7 Because the carnal mind In our hatred for God and our is enmity against God: for it is neighbour. Rom. 8:7 and Titus not subject to the law of God, 3:3 neither indeed can be. Tit.3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 25. May we be redeemed from this Act.10:43 To him give all the state? prophets witness, that through Yes, we may. Acts 10:43 his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. 26 In what manner? Act.2:38 Then Peter said unto By true conversion. Acts 2:38 them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 27. What is it to be truly Ezek.36:26 A new heart also will converted? I give you, and a new spirit It is receiving a new heart. will I put within you: and I Ezek. 36:26 will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 28. Who can give us this? Luk.18:27 And he said, The God only. Luke 18:27 things which are impossible with men are possible with God. 29. What is it to receive a new heart? To love God above all. Ps.139:21 Do not I hate them, O 30. Wherein does this further LORD, that hate thee? and am not consist? I grieved with those that rise In a hatred of sin, which up against thee? naturally accompanies it. Ps. 139:21 31. Wherein must we hate sin? Rom.7:7 What shall we say then? In its first cause. Rom. 7:7 Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. 32. What is the cause of sin? Jam.1:14,15 But every man is Covetousness. James 1:14,15 tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 33. Wherein do evil desires Matt.10:37 He that loveth father consist? or mother more than me is not In desiring other things than worthy of me: and he that loveth God wills that we should desire. son or daughter more than me is Matt. 10:37 not worthy of me. 34. What does God will that we Ps.73:25 Whom have I in heaven should desire? but thee? and there is none upon Him only. Ps. 73:25 earth that I desire beside thee. 35. May we then not desire any 1 Cor.10:31 Whether therefore ye food or drink? eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye Yes, but that they may serve to do, do all to the glory of God. direct us to God. I Cor. 10:31 36. What is it to have food and 1 Tim.6:6,7 But godliness with drink serve to direct us to God? contentment is great gain. For It is to acknowledge Him to be we brought nothing into this the giver of them. I Tim. 6:6,7 world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 37. Why does God give us food Deut.8:10,11 When thou hast and drink? eaten and art full, then thou In order that we may serve Him. shalt bless the LORD thy God for Dent. 8:10,11 the good land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day. 38. What is it to serve God? 1 Cor.6:20 For ye are bought To surrender soul and body to with a price: therefore glorify Him with submission to His will. God in your body, and in your I Cor. 6:20 spirit, which are God's. 39. How can this come to pass? Joh.3:4,5 Nicodemus saith unto By being born again. John 3:4,5 him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 40. What is it to be born again? Eph.4:22-24 That ye put off It is a complete change of man concerning the former in all his inclinations. Eph. conversation the old man, which 4:22,23,24 is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 41. Who can do this? Tit.3:5 Not by works of God, by His word and Spirit. righteousness which we have Tit. 3:5 done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. 42. Must we pray to Him for His Matt.7:7 Ask, and it shall be Spirit? given you; seek, and ye shall Yes, certainly. Matt. 7:7 find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 43. Have we a warrant thereto? Yes, in our baptism. 44. In whose name are you Matt.28:19 Go ye therefore, and baptized? teach all nations, baptizing In the name of the Father and of them in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Ghost. and of the Son, and of the Holy Matt. 28:19 Ghost. 45. Is it enough that you are 1 Joh.1:7 But if we walk in the baptized? light, as he is in the light, we No, I must be cleansed from my have fellowship one with sins in the blood of the Lord another, and the blood of Jesus Jesus. I John 1:7 Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 46. Where did He shed His blood? Gal.3:13 Christ hath redeemed us On Golgotha, on the accursed from the curse of the law, being tree of the cross. Gal. 3:13 made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. 47. Why did the Lord Jesus die 1 Pet.2:24 Who his own self bare on the cross? our sins in his own body on the For the sin of His people. I tree, that we, being dead to Peter 2:24 sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 48. What are the greatest sins? Rom.5:19 For as by one man's Unthankfulness and disobedience. disobedience many were made Rom. 5:19 sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 49. Where did God give us His Rom.2:15 Which shew the work of commandments? the law written in their hearts, First of all in our hearts. Our their conscience also bearing conscience testifies to this. witness, and their thoughts the Rom. 2:15 mean while accusing or else excusing one another; 50. What have our hearts become Rom.1:29-31 Being filled with through sin? all unrighteousness, A dwelling place of devils. Rom. fornication, wickedness, 1:29, etc. covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers. Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents. Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful. 51. Who bruised the head of Gen.3:15 And I will put enmity Satan? between thee and the woman, and The Lord Jesus Christ. Gen. 3:15 between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 52. Who has come to destroy the 1 Joh.3:8 He that committeth sin works of the devil? is of the devil; for the devil The Lord Jesus Christ. I John sinneth from the beginning. For 3:8 this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 53. What is written in I John 3:8? "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." 54. What are the works of the Joh.8:44 Ye are of your father devil? the devil, and the lusts of your Lying, slandering, and murder. father ye will do. He was a John 8:44 murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 55. What does the Lord say about Ps.5:6 Thou shalt destroy them liars? that speak leasing: the LORD That He shall destroy them. Ps. will abhor the bloody and 5:6 deceitful man. 56. Can those who do the works 1 Cor.6:9,10 Know ye not that of the devil enter heaven? the unrighteous shall not No. I Cor. 6:9,10 inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 57. Who will enter heaven? Ps.65:4 Blessed is the man whom Those who love God and the Lord thou choosest, and causest to Jesus Christ. Ps. 65:4 approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. 58. How must we love the Lord? Prov.23:26 My son, give me thine With all our heart. Prov. 23:26 heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. 59. To whom have we given our hearts? To Satan and the world. 60. What must then happen to us, 2 Cor.13:5 Examine yourselves, shall we enter heaven? whether ye be in the faith; The Lord Jesus must come and prove your own selves. Know ye take up His abode in our hearts. not your own selves, how that II Cor. 13:5 Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 61. Must we pray to Him for this? Yes, because He has said, "Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near." Isa. 55:6 62. Will it do to wait till we Hebr.4:7 Again, he limiteth a have become old? certain day, saying in David, To No; because I am not assured of day, after so long a time; as it my life for one moment. Heb. 4:7 is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 63. What does the Bible assure Joh.3:36 He that believeth on us of? the Son hath everlasting life: That if we die unconverted we and he that believeth not the shall come to eternal damnation. Son shall not see life; but the John 3:36 wrath of God abideth on him. 64. Do you wish to be there? I show by my works that I do. 65. By what kind of conduct do children show this? By their disobedience to God and their parents. 66. Where will those children go Luk.16:24 And he cried and said, who remain disobedient? Father Abraham, have mercy on With the devils in hell. Luke me, and send Lazarus, that he 16:24 may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 67. May children run the streets 1 Cor.15:33 Be not deceived: or associate with other naughty evil communications corrupt good children? manners. No, for though I am just as corrupt, I should learn more evil there. I Cor. 15:33 68. What do children learn in the street? Swearing and speaking filthy language. 69. What has the Lord said about those who swear? That He will not hold him guiltless who taketh His name in vain. 70. What does that mean? That He will visit them with the very greatest punishments in both soul and body in hell. 71. What must the children do then? Pray, read God's Word, and be obedient. 72. What must children be 2 Cor.5:10 For we must all mindful of? appear before the judgment seat That I must at one time give an of Christ; that every one may account of everything I do. II receive the things done in his Cor. 5:10 body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 73. Where do we read this? Eccl.11:9 But know thou, that In the sermon of Solomon. Eccl. for all these things God will 11:9 bring thee into judgment. 74. What do we read there? But know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. 75. What does the Lord say about those who seek Him early? That they shall find Him and obtain favour of the Lord. 76. And what does He say of those who hate Him? That they love death. 77. Where do we read this? Prov. 8:35,36 78. What do we read in verse 35? "For whose findeth Me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord." 79. What do we read in verse 36? "But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." 80. Must the children seek to Joh.5:39 Search the scriptures; become acquainted with the Bible for in them ye think ye have while they are still young? eternal life: and they are they Yes, they must, for it is the which testify of me. word of God and He has commanded Prov.22:6 Train up a child in us to do so. John 5:39 and Prov. the way he should go: and when 22:6 he is old, he will not depart from it. 81. Are we able to understand Act.16:14 And a certain woman it? named Lydia, a seller of purple, No, to that end we need to have of the city of Thyatira, which our hearts opened by God, the worshipped God, heard us: whose Holy Spirit. Acts 16:14 heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 82. What has the Lord caused to Act.4:12 Neither is there be written in the Bible? salvation in any other: for The way of salvation. Acts 4:12 there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 83. By whom was the Bible 2 Pet.1:21 For the prophecy came written? not in old time by the will of God has caused it to be written man: but holy men of God spake by His Spirit. II Peter 1:21 as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 84. May we add thereto or take Rev.22:18,19 For I testify unto away from it? every man that heareth the words No, the part of any one who does of the prophecy of this book, If so, shall be taken away out of any man shall add unto these the book of life. Rev. 22:18,19 things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 85. What must we be mostly Hebr.9:22 And almost all things concerned about? are by the law purged with Whether we have received the blood; and without shedding of forgiveness of sins by the blood blood is no remission. of the Lord Jesus. Heb. 9:22 86. Of what does the greatest Eccl.12:13 Let us hear the good consist? conclusion of the whole matter: Of knowing God and loving Him. Fear God, and keep his Eccl. 12:13 commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 87. What must we fear the most? Gen.39:9 How then can I do this Sin. Gen. 39:9 great wickedness, and sin against God? 88. Who can be comforted in Rev.14:13 And I heard a voice death? from heaven saying unto me, Converted adults and children. Write, Blessed are the dead Rev. 14:13 which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 1 Joh.2:17 And the world passeth 89. What must we forsake first? away, and the lust thereof: but The world and the lusts thereof. he that doeth the will of God I John 2:17 abideth for ever. 90. What will become of our Gen.3:19 In the sweat of thy bodies? face shalt thou eat bread, till They will return to dust and be thou return unto the ground; for eaten by the worms. Gen. 3:l9 out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 91. Who only can be called rich? Col.1:12 Giving thanks unto the Those who have a treasure in Father, which hath made us meet heaven. Col. 1:12 to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. 92. Who have a desire to gladly Philip.1:23 For I am in a strait depart from this world? betwixt two, having a desire to Those who have the Lord Jesus as depart, and to be with Christ; their portion. Phil. 1:23 which is far better. 93. What did Asaph say of them in the seventy-third psalm? "Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee." 94. Who are the most happy Joh.4:34 Jesus saith unto them, people? My meat is to do the will of him They who know and desire no that sent me, and to finish his greater joy than to do God's work. will. John 4:34 95. Who are the most unhappy people? They who continue doing their own will and way. 96. What will be the end of them? Eternal destruction. 97. And what will be the end of Matt.25:46 And these shall go those who fear God? away into everlasting Eternal salvation and glory. punishment: but the righteous Matt. 25:46 into life eternal. Amen Psalm 34 Psalter No. 90:6 Ye children, come and hear my voice, And learn to make God's fear your choice; Who seek long life and happy days Must learn to walk in wisdom's ways. ------------------------------------------------------- file: /pub./resources/text/ipb-e/cate: cat-children.txt .