The preschoolers reviewed Catechism questions 6-9 this past Sunday, July 26. They learned that there is only one true God, and He is the only one we should worship. The kids reviewed what idols are and were reminded that although some people still worship stone and wooden statues (just like in Exodus 32-34), all of us have idols because we have other people or things that we let become more important to us than God. The children also learned about the Trinity. This is a very hard concept for all of us to grasp, but it is amazing to know that the one true God whom we serve is our Heavenly Father, Jesus His Son who died for our sins, and the Holy Spirit who lives in us when He changes our hearts and we become Christians.
6. Is there more than one true God? No. There is only one true God.
7. In how many Persons does this one God exist? In three persons.
8. Name these three Persons. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
9. What is God? God is a Spirit and does not have a body like men.
The kids also continued memorizing Psalm 100 (NIV). They enjoyed the hand movements we employed to help them learn the words, so be sure to ask to see them!
Shout joyfully to the Lord all the earth.
Worship Him with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
The elementary students learned Catechism questions 130-136 this week, which focused on baptism. They heard the story from Acts 16 about Paul and Silas being thrown into prison. While they were in prison they prayed and sang to God instead of worrying and complaining. God caused an earthquake that opened all the jail cells, and the jailer was very nervous that he would get in trouble and be killed. The jailer was so amazed that Paul and Silas chose not to escape, and he wanted to know about the God they serve. The jailer decided to serve Jesus just like Paul and Silas, and they baptized him and his family.
Since God includes the children of believers in his covenant community, we baptize the babies of Christians. The students were reminded that baptizing a baby does not save them and the only way to be saved is to repent of your own sin and believe in Christ as your Savior (question #58) once the Holy Spirit has changed your sinful heart (question #42).
130. What sign is used in baptism? Washing with water.
131. What does this washing with water represent? That we are united to Christ and cleansed from sin by his blood.
132. Into whose name are we baptized? Into the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
133. Who are to be baptized? Believers and their children.
134. Why are we baptized even as little infants? Because God includes the children of believers in his covenant and marks them in baptism.
135. What did Jesus say about little children? “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
136. What does baptism call you to be? A true follower of Christ.