The Shorter Catechism Explained
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An explanation of The Shorter Catechism
Following is Mr. Benschop's commentary, as released to the former CHR-EXP subscriber list.
Ql: What is the chief end of man?
Q2: What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
Q3: What do the Scriptures principally teach?
Q4: What is God?
Q5: Are there more Gods than one?
Q6: How many persons are there in the Godhead?
Q7: What are the decrees of God?
Q8: How doth God execute his decrees?
Q9: What is the work of creation?
Q10: How did God create man?
Q11: What are God's works of providence?
Q12: What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the estate wherein he was created?
Q13: Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?
Q14: What is sin?
Q15: What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?
Q16: Did all mankind fall in Adam's first transgression?
Q17: Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?
Q18: Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell?
Q19: What is the misery of that estate whereinto man fell?
Q20: Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?
Q21: Who is the Redeemer of God's elect?
Q22: How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?
Q23: What offices doth Christ execute as our Redeemer?
Q24: How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?
Q25: How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
Q26: How doth Christ execute the office of a king?
Q27: Wherein did Christ's humiliation consist?
Q28: Wherein consisteth Christ's exaltation?
Q29: How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?
Q30: How doth the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
Q31: What is effectual calling?
Q32: What benefits do they that are effectually called partake of in this life?
Q33: What is justification?
Q34: What is adoption?
Q35: What is sanctification?
Q36: What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
Q37: What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?
Q38: What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?
Q39: What is the duty which God requireth of man?
Q40: What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?
Q41: Where is the moral law summarily comprehended?
Q42: What is the sum of the ten commandments?
Q43: What is the preface to the ten commandments?
Q44: What doth the preface to the ten commandments teach us?
Q45: Which is the first commandment?
Q46: What is required in the first commandment?
Q47: What is forbidden in the first commandment?
Q48: What are we specially taught by these words "before me" in the first commandment?
Q49: Which is the second commandment?
Q50: What is required in the second commandment?
Q51: What is forbidden in the second commandment?
Q52: What are the reasons annexed to the second commandment?
Q53: Which is the third commandment?
Q54: What is required in the third commandment?
Q55: What is forbidden in the third commandment?
Q56: What is the reason annexed to the third commandment?
Q57: Which is the fourth commandment?
Q58: What is required in the fourth commandment?
Q59: Which day of the seven hath God appointed to be the weekly Sabbath?
Q60: How is the Sabbath to be sanctified?
Q61: What is forbidden in the fourth commandment?
Q62: What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment?
Q63: Which is the fifth commandment?
Q64: What is required in the fifth commandment?
Q65: What is forbidden in the fifth commandment?
Q66: What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment?
Q67: Which is the sixth commandment?
Q68: What is required in the sixth commandment?
Q69: What is forbidden in the sixth commandment?
Q70: Which is the seventh commandment?
Q71: What is required in the seventh commandment?
Q72: What is forbidden in the seventh commandment?
Q73: Which is the eighth commandment?
Q74: What is required in the eighth commandment?
Q75: What is forbidden in the eighth commandment?
Q76: Which is the ninth commandment?
Q77: What is required in the ninth commandment?
Q78: What is forbidden in the ninth commandment?
Q79: Which is the tenth commandment?
Q80: What is required in the tenth commandment?
Q81: What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?
Q82: Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God?
Q83: Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?
Q84: What doth every sin deserve?
Q85: What doth God require of us, that we may escape his wrath and curse due to us for sin?
Q86: What is faith in Jesus Christ?
Q87: What is repentance unto life?
Q88: What are the outward means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption?
Q89: How is the Word made effectual to salvation?
Q90: How is the Word to be read and heard, that it may become effectual to salvation?
Q91: How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation?
Q92: What is a sacrament?
Q93: Which are the sacraments of the New Testament?
Q94: What is baptism?
Q95: To whom is baptism to be administered?
Q96: What is the Lord's supper?
Q97: What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord's supper?
Q98: What is prayer?
Q99: What rule hath God given for our direction in prayer?
Q100: What doth the preface of the Lord's prayer teach us?
Q101: What do we pray for in the first petition?
Q102: What do we pray for in the second petition?
Q103: What do we pray for in the third petition?
Q104: What do we pray for in the fourth petition?
Q105: What do we pray for in the fifth petition?
Q106: What do we pray for in the sixth petition?
Q107: What doth the conclusion of the Lord's prayer teach us?
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