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Week 1 (Q1):  What is our only hope in life and death?
     That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our    
     Savior Jesus Christ.

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Psalm 139:13-16
          Isaiah 43:6-7
          Acts 17:24-31
          1 Corinthians 6:19-20
          Colossians 1:16

Week 2 (Q2):  What is God?
God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything.  He is eternal, infinite, and          
     unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and
     truth.  Nothing happens except through him and by his will.

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Genesis 1:1-27
          Nehemiah 9:5-6
          Isaiah 40:28-31
          Isaiah 42:5-9
          Matthew 10:29-31

Week 3 (Q3):  How many persons are there in God?
There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the
     Holy Spirit.
 They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Matthew 28:16-20
          Luke 3:21-22
          John 16:12-16
          2 Corinthians 13:14
          Galatians 4:4-7

Week 4 (Q4):  How and why did God create us?
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him,  
     and glorify him.  And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Isaiah 43:6-7
          Job 33:4
          Psalm 148:1-14
          1 Corinthians 10:31
          Colossians 3:17

Week 5 (Q5):  What else did God create?
God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good;
     everything flourished under his loving rule.

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Nehemiah 9:5-6
          John 1:1-3
          Acts 14:15
          Hebrews 11:3
          Revelation 4:11

Week 6 (Q6):  How can we glorify God?
     We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will,
     commands, and law.

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Matthew 5:13-16
          John 15:8
          Romans 4:20-21
          Philippians 1:9-11
          1 Peter 4:7-11

Week 7 (Q7):  What does the law of God require?
     Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and
     strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves.
 What God forbids should never be done and what
     God commands should always be done.

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Micah 6:6-6-8
          Matthew 22:34-40
          Romans 13:8-10
          James 1:19-22
          1 John 5:3

Week 8 (Q8): What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?
You shall have not other gods before me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below--you shall not bow down to them or worship them.  You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and mother.  You shall not murder.  You shall not commit adultery.  You shall not steal.  You shall not give false testimony.  You shall not covet.

     Additional Scriptures for Study:
          Exodus 20:1-17
          Exodus 24:12
          Exodus 31:18
          Exodus 34:27
          Deuteronomy 5:22

Week 9 (Q9): What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?
     First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God.  Second, that we avoid all  
and do not worship God improperly.  Third, that we treat God's name with fear and
, honoring also his Word and works.        

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Psalm 34:1-3
          Psalm 72:18-19
          Psalm 111:9-10
          Isaiah 40: 18-31
          Jeremiah 10:1-7, 10-13

Week 10 (Q10):  What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?
Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath.  Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Exodus 31:12-13
          Mark 10:19
          Luke 4:14-16
          Ephesians 6:1-3
          Hebrews 10:23-25

Week 11 (Q11):  What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?
     Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful,
     pursuing even our enemies with love.  Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live
     purely and faithfully
, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks,
     words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them.  Eighth, that we do not take without
     permission that which belongs to someone else
, nor withhold any good from someone we might

     Additional Scriptures for study:
          Matthew 5:43-48
          Matthew 7:12
          Luke 10: 25-37
          Ephesians 4:25-28
          Philippians 4:8-9

Week 12 (Q12):  What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?
Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love.  Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Proverbs 19:22
     Ephesians 4:25-29
     Philippians 4:10-13
     1 Timothy 6:6-10
     Hebrews 13:5-6

Week 13 (Q13): Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?
Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Psalm 14:1-3
     Isaiah 53:6
     Romans 3:9-12
     Romans 3:22-24
     James 2:8-11

Week 14 (Q14): Did God create us unable to keep his law?
No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God's Law.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Psalm 51:3-5
     Matthew 12:33-34
     Romans 5:12-16
     Romans 7:14-20
     Ephesians 2:1-5

Week 15 (Q15): Since now one can keep the law, what is its purpose?
That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior.  The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Psalm 119:9-11
     John 5:39
     Romans 3:19-20
     Romans 7:7
     Galatians 3:23-25

Week 16 (Q16): What is sin?
Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law--resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Psalm 106:6
     1 Corinthians 8:9-12
     James 2:8-11
     James 4:17
     1 John 5:17

Week 17 (Q17): What is idolatry?  
Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, signficance and security.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Exodus 20:1-4
     Deuteronomy 4:15-31
     Psalm 115:1-8
     Micah 5:13
     Romans 1:25

Week 18 (Q18): Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?
No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment
both in this life, and in the life to come.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Genesis 3:11-24
     Matthew 3:7-12
     Romans 2:1-11
     Hebrews 12:5-11
     Hebrews 12:25-29

Week 19 (Q19): Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God's favor?
Yes, to satisfy his justice, God Himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin,
by a Redeemer.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Isaiah 53:4-6
     2 Corinthians 5:17-21
     Ephesians 2:13-18
     Colossians 1:19-22
     Hebrews 2:17-18

Week 20 (Q20):  Who is the Redeemer?
The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Acts 4:8-12
     Romans 5:1
     Romans 5:10
     1 Timothy 2:5
     Hebrews 11:11-15

Week 21 (Q21): What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?
One who is truly human and also truly God.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Matthew 1:18-25
     John 1:1-2, 14
     John 8:54-58
     2 Corinthians 5:16-21
     Hebrews 4:14-16

Week 22 (Q22): Why must the Redeemer be truly human?
That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Isaiah 53:1-6
     Galatians 4:3-7
     Philippians 2:5-11
     Hebrews 2:9-15
     Hebrews 4:14-16

Week 23 (Q23): Why must the Redeemer be truly God?
That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Mark 10:42-45
     John 1:10-18
     Romans 8:3-4
     Colossians 1:15-23
     1 Peter 2:22-25

Week 24 (Q 24): Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?
Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.  By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Isaiah 53:4-6
     Romans 4:23-25
     Romans 6:1-10
     Romans 6:23
     Hebrews 9:22-28

Week 25 (Q25):  Does Christ's death mean all your sins can be forgiven?
Yes, because Christ's death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ's righteousness to us as if it were not our own and will remember our sins no more.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Isaiah 1:18
     Romans 6:20-23
     Hebrews 7:22-28
     Hebrews 9:23-28
     Hebrews 10:11-14

Week 26 (Q26): What else does Christ's death redeem?
Christ's death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation's good.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Romans 8:18-21
     Colossians 1:19-20
     Revelation 21:1-4

Week 27 (Q27): Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?
No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith.  Nevertheless God in his mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being.

Additional Scriptures for study:
     Mark 8:34-38
     Acts 4:8-12
     Romans 3:21-26
     Romans 10:9-13
     1 Corinthians 6:9-11