Saturday, August 02, 2008

Baptist Catechism: Items 1 - 5

Q. Who is the first and chiefest being?
A. God is the first and chiefest being (Is. 44:6; 47:12; Ps. 97:9).

Q. Ought every one to believe there is a God?
A. Everyone ought to believe there is a God (Heb. 6:6); and it is their great sin and folly who do not (Ps. 14:1).

Q. How may we know there is a God?
A. The light of nature in man and the works of God plainly declare there is a God (Rom. 1:19,20; Ps. 19:1, 2, 3; Acts 17:24); but his word and Spirit only do it fully and effectually for the salvation of sinners (1 Cor. 2:10; 2 Tim. 3:15,16).

Q. What is the word of God?
A. The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of God, and the only certain rule of faith and obedience (2 Tim. 3:16; Eph. 2:20).

Q. May all men make use of the holy scriptures?
A. All men are not only permitted, but commanded and exhorted to read, hear, and understand the holy scriptures (John 5:38; Rev. 17:18, 19; 1:3; Acts 8:30).



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