At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our littlest learners are working hard to learn their latest Catechism questions, covering big topics like sin and its punishment and the Lord’s Prayer.
This week the preschoolers reviewed the events of the fall when Adam, who represented the whole human race, sinned. They learned that no one can do anything good enough to be forgiven of sin and go to Heaven, but the good news is that Jesus took all of our sins upon himself when He died on the cross for us. Even though we deserve God’s punishment, Jesus took that wrath for us because He loves us. Now we can be forgiven and go to Heaven with Him if we trust in Jesus.
43. Can anyone be saved through the covenant of life? No. No one can be saved through the covenant of life.
44. Why can’t anyone be saved through the covenant of life? Because all have broken it and are condemned by it.
45. How did you break the covenant of life? Adam represented all people, and so I fell with Adam in his first sin.
This week the elementary students learned about the sixth petition of the Lord’s prayer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” They learned what temptation means and learned about a time when King Saul and his son Jonathan were tempted (from I Samuel). Satan used something that looked very appealing (becoming the king one day and having the lifestyle of a king) to tempt Jonathan into sinning against God. Satan tempts us all the time with things that seem so appealing, even if we know they are wrong. He especially tempts us not to pray and trust God, but we must learn to trust God even when he answers us by telling us “no” or that we have to wait.
124. What is the sixth petition? The sixth petition is “And to lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
125. What does it mean to pray, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”?We are asking God to keep us from being tempted and to make us strong enough to resist when we are tempted.