During our Christian-Education hour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our little ones continued in their Catechism lessons this past Sunday, January 18. Parents can use the following information to help reinforce Sunday’s teaching and encourage memorization of the Catechism questions and answers.
The 1st-4th graders discussed the truth that we can’t change our hearts–only the Lord can. One of the Bible stories used to explain this truth was the story of Saul’s conversion. The Lord spoke to Saul even when he wasn’t looking for the Lord. His heart had been hard, but God changed it. And when He did, Saul’s life changed (and his name, too). Paul then had a heart for the Lord and wanted others to know about God, too.
This past Sunday the kids focused on Ephesians 2:4-5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved.” And they learned LOTS of Catechism questions!
41. What is this change of heart called? The new birth, or regeneration.
42. Who can change a sinner’s heart? The Holy Spirit alone.
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.
46. How, then, can you be saved? By the Lord Jesus Christ through the covenant of grace.
47. Whom did Christ represent in the covenant of grace? His elect people.
48. How did Christ fulfill the covenant of grace? Christ obeyed the whole law for his people, and then suffered the punishment due for their sins.
Last week the preschoolers learned that they can learn to love and obey God from the Bible alone. So, it was natural this week that they discussed who wrote the Bible. They learned that the Bible was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, focusing on II Tim 3:16a “All Scripture is God-breathed.” They also learned this truth: Because we know that God is trustworthy and cannot tell a lie, we can trust that His word is true. Catechism question for the preschool class this week:
15. Who wrote the Bible? Chosen men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.