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Summary: Every family needs to have as their top priority worship in their home.

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5 or younger

Q. 21. Who is our Redeemer?

7 or younger

Q. 6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?

8 or younger

Q. 14. What is sin?

A. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.[38]

10 or younger

Q. 10. How did God create man?

A. God created man male and female, after his own image,[26] in knowledge,[27] righteousness, and holiness,[28] with dominion over the creatures.[29]

Q. 45. Which is the first commandment?

A. The first commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before me.[119]

Q. 63. Which is the fifth commandment?

A. The fifth commandment is, Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.[151]

12 or younger

Q. 42. What is the greatest commandments?

High school or younger

Q. 33. What is justification?

A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace,[91] wherein he pardoneth all our sins,[92] and accepteth us as righteous in His sight,[93] only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us,[94] and received by faith alone.[95]

Q. 35. What is sanctification?

A. Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace,[97] whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God,[98] and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.[99]

Anyone

Q. 1. What is mankind’s purpose?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God,[1] and to enjoy him forever.[2]

Some of these are tough questions and I heard some great answers. Some of you, depending on your upbringing, may have heard these questions before. They are part of the Westminster Shorter Catechism – an old tradition used by protestant believers to instruct their children in the faith. What is amazing is that in some 19th century Presbyterian homes in America, children as young as 7 would be able to answer these questions and more like them.

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In years past, according to Josh McDowell’s 2006 book titled “The Last Christian Generation”, between 55% and 66% of churched young people have said that the church will play a part of their lives when they leave home. Today only 33% percent of youth say that. That means that roughly only 3 out 10 youth that graduate out of this church will not become active participants in a church again. Much of their belief about Christianity, truth, reality and the church comes from a distorted view they have gleaned from the world around them.

However, in the past decade, young people have been the most spiritually interested individuals in America. Studies show that 65% desire a close relationship with God. It’s not their interest that is in question – but rather how are they forming their view of God? And what brand of religion are they adopting? Post-modernism and weak, biblical teaching have resulted in some staggering statistics amongst American teens:

63% don’t believe Jesus is the Son of the one true God

58% believe all faiths teach equally valid truths

51% don’t believe Jesus rose from the dead

65% don’t believe Satan is a real entity

68% don’t believe the Holy Spirit is real entity.


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