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Throughout the history of the church, godly men and women have taken seriously the command to “lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul” and to “teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
We have been given great help in our task by men who wrote instructional material that we could then use with our children. The Greek word katechesis refers to instruction by word of mouth. We instruct our children with questions and answers that cover the great truths of the Bible.
By doing this with music, we help them create a memorable mental framework for truth. As they grow older, they will be confronted with competing beliefs, assertions, worldviews, half-truths, and lies. Having heard the truth in their youth and having a solid framework for knowing what is true about God, themselves, and the world, they will be equipped to navigate what they hear in the future.
Text for the questions and answers in a printable format.
Answer: No, God has revealed it to me.
Scripture: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to me. We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may know and understand what God has freely given to me. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12
Answer: We are saved from the wrath of God through His Son; we are saved through the life of Jesus His Son.
Scripture: God showed His great love for us; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Christ satisfied God’s justice by His suffering and death in our place. Rejoice in our new and wonderful relationship with God. Romans 5:8-11
Answer: People were saved by believing in a Savior to come.
Scripture: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Joseph, Moses’ parents, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets looking forward to the city, the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God, longing for Heaven. All of these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them from afar, they only saw and welcomed them from afar. Hebrews 11
Answer: They showed their faith by the offering of the sacrifices God did command.
Scripture: By faith Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than his brother Cain; by faith, was commended a righteous man, God spoke well of his offerings. Hebrews 11:4
Question: What did these sacrifices represent?
Answer: Christ, the Lamb of God, who would die for the sin of the world.
Scripture: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
Answer: Christ, who is God the Son, became man by being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, with a real body and soul, in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
Scripture: “Mary, do not be afraid, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you will give Him the name Jesus. And He will be great; He will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:30-33
Answer: No, Jesus lived a sinless life.
Scripture: He never sinned, in His mouth was no deceit found in Him. 1 Peter 2:22
Answer: A painful and shameful death on the cross.
Scripture: Do not be selfish, don’t try to impress, don’t think of yourself as better than the rest. Care about others, not only yourself, let the mind of Christ be in you, that’s best. Let the mind of Christ be in you, who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to grasp. Christ humbled Himself; He became a servant. Born in the likeness of man, He became a servant. God exalted His name, gave Him the name above every name. Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Christ is Lord. To the glory of God, glory be to the Father! Philippians 2:3-11
Answer: Prophet, Priest, and King.
Scripture: Unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given; and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Answer: Christ teaches me the will of God.
Scripture: From the scroll of Isaiah 61, Christ stood up to read: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, to set the prisoner free, to give sight to the blind, release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:16-19
Scripture: Everything I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
Answer: Christ died for me; He prays for me, He washed away my every sin.
Scripture: He is able once and forever to save those who come to God through Him. He’s praying for me. Hebrews 7:25
Answer: Christ rules over me; He defends me; He will establish His Kingdom on earth.
Scripture: The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, it is He who will save us, the Lord is our King. Isaiah 33:22
Answer: I can only repent and believe in Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Scripture: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to me by His Spirit. We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given to us. 1 Corinthians 2:9-12