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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: An agreement that God makes with us, in which He guarantees to keep His promise.
Scripture: He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word that He commanded, for a thousand generations. Psalm 105:7-8
Answer: Adam was required to obey God perfectly.
Scripture: The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it, you will surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17
Answer: No, Adam chose to disobey God.
Scripture: When the woman saw the fruit of the tree, that it was good for food and pleasing to see, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate, and gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6
Answer: Adam’s punishment was death and separation from God.
Scripture: Thorns and thistles, cursed is the ground. Pain and toil, through it you will eat all the days of your life. Adam was banished from the Garden of Eden, to work the ground from which he came, driven out of the Garden of Eden, guarded by the cherubim and flame. Genesis 3:17-24
Answer: Sin is disobedience against God’s perfect law by failing to do what God commands or doing what God forbids.
Scripture: Remember thy tender mercies, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been of old. Remember not the sins of my youth nor my transgressions; according to thy mercy remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord! Psalm 25:6-7
Answer: Satan is an evil spirit who is the enemy of God and all Christians.
Scripture: Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the Devil prowls like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Answer: God is much stronger.
Scripture: You are from God, little children, and you have overcome them; for greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Answer: Eating the forbidden fruit.
Scripture: The fall of man happened in Genesis 3:6.
Answer: Satan tempted Eve, and she gave the fruit to Adam, and he ate it.
Scripture: The serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5
Answer: Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.
Scripture: And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:22
Answer: It made me guilty and sinful.
Scripture: Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men because all sinned. Romans 5:12
Answer: The wrath and curse of God.
Scripture: But if his sons forsake my law and fail to walk in my ways, if they do not obey my decrees and fail to keep my commands, then I will punish their sin. Psalm 89:30-32
Answer: I am corrupt in every part of my being.
Scripture: There is no one, not even one; no one is righteous. There is no one who understands; no one who seeks God. They have all turned away; there is no one who does good, not even one. Romans 3:11-12