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Core Teaching of the Week

This year, we are excited to dedicate 52 weeks to memorizing 52 Core Teachings of Christianity! Memorizing these core truths each week is a great way to learn and understand the most important teachings.

We all get asked about our faith at some point; by our kids, by friends, family, coworkers, and we may even often ask ourselves some of these questions. These are a great way to both establish our faith and reinforce the core truths put forth in God's word.

Each week, we will pose a question, provide the answer, in the hopes that you will spend time on your own, with your kids each week memorizing these core truths. The kid's answer memorization portion is written in green. We will also provide a bible reference that supports the core truth, and a video by various church leaders that further explores the question each week.

We hope that this will open up dialogue around the table, in your home, or a friend on some of the most important ideas of God and his work.

Memorization Tips

There are a variety of ways to commit texts to memory, and some techniques suit certain learning styles better than others. A few examples include:

  • Read the question and answer out loud, then try to repeat them without looking

  • Write the questions and answers on cards and tape them in a conspicuous area. Read them aloud every time you see them.

  • Make flash cards with the question on one side and the answer on the other

  • Write out the question and answer. Repeat. The process of writing helps a person’s ability to recall text

Week 36 (05.19.19)

Question

What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?

Answer

That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.

John 14:16-17

Week 36 Video

Week 35 (05.12.19)

Question

Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?

Answer

All of the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.

Titus 3:4-6

Week 35 Video

Week 34 (05.05.19)

Question

Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God's Word?

Answer

Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ

1 Peter 2:9-12

Week 34 Video

 

Week 33 (04.28.19)

Question

Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works or anywhere else?

Answer

No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ.To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.

Galatians 2:16

Week 33 Video

 

Week 32 (04.21.19)

Question

What do justification and sanctification mean?

Answer

Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ's death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit's work in us.

1 Peter 1:1-2

Week 32 Video

 

Week 31 (04.14.19)

Question

What do we believe by true faith?

Answer

Everything taught to us in the gospel as revealed by Scripture. Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, he was buried, and he was raised on the third day.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Week 31 Video

Week 30 (04.07.19)

Question

What is faith in Jesus Christ?

Answer

Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.

Galatians 2:20

Week 30 Video

Week 29 (03.31.19)

Question

How can we be saved?

Answer

Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Week 29 Video

 

Week 28 (03.24.19)

Question

What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?

Answer

At the day of judgement they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from the favorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punished, forever.

John 3:16-18, 36

Week 28 Video


Week 27 (03.17.19)

Question

Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?

Answer

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.

Romans 5:17

Week 27 Video


Week 26 (03.10.19)

Question

What else does Christ's death redeem?

Answer

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.

Colossians 1:19-20

Week 26 Video

 

Week 25 (03.03.19)

Question

Does Christ's death mean all our sins can be forgiven?

Answer

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 our own and will remember our sins no more.

2 Corinthians 5:21

Week 25 Video

 

Week 24 (02.24.19)

Question

Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?

Answer

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.

Colossians 1:21-22

Week 24 Video

 

Week 23 (02.17.19)

Question

Why must the Redeemer be truly God?

Answer

That because of his divine nature and his obedience and suffereing would be perfect and effective ; and also that he would beable to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death. 

Acts 2:24

Week 23 Video

Week 22 (02.10.19)

Question

Why must the Redeemer be truly human?

Answer

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. 

Hebrews 2:17

Week 22 Video

 

Week 21 (02.03.19)

Question

What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?

Answer

One who is truly human and also truly God.

Isaiah 9:6

Week 21 Video

Week 20 (01.27.19)

Question

Who is the Redeemer?

Answer

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. 

1 Timothy 2:5

Week 20 Video

 

Week 19 (01.13.19)

Question

Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God's favor?

Answer

Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment from sin, by a Redeemer.

Isaiah 53:10-11

Week 19 Video

 

Week 18 (01.06.19)

Question

Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?

Answer

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 judgement both in this life, and in the life to come.

Ephesians 5:5-6

Week 18 Video

 

Week 17 (12.30.18)

Question

What is idolatry?

Answer

Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security. 

Romans 1:21, 25

Week 17 Video

 

Week 16 (12.23.18)

Question

What is sin?

Answer

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. 

1 John 3:4

Week 16 Video

 

Week 15 (12.16.18)

Question

Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

Answer

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.

Romans 3:20

Week 15 Video

 

Week 14 (12.09.18)

Question

Did God create us unable to keep his law?

Answer

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.

Romans 5:12

Week 14 Video

Week 13 (12.02.18)

Question

Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Answer

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.

Romans 3:10-12

Week 13 Video

Week 12 (11.25.18)

Question

What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

Answer

Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resent what God has given them or us.

James 2:8

Week 12 Video

Week 11 (11.18.18)

Question

What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

Answer

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 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 what belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

Romans 13:9

Week 11 Video

Week 10 (11.11.18)

Question

What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

Answer

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.

Leviticus 19:3

Week 10 Video

Week 9 (11.04.18)

Question

What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

Answer

First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God. Second that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God's name with fear and reverence honoring also his Word and works.

Deuteronomy 6:13-14

Week 9 Video

 

Week 8 (10.28.18)

Question

What is the law of God stated in the 10 Commandments?

Answer

You shall have no 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 your mother. You shall not murder. You hall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

Exodus 20:3

Week 8 Video

 

Week 7 (10.21.18)

Question

What does the law of God require?

Answer

Personal, perfect and perpetual pnedience; 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.

Matthew 22:37-40

Week 7 Video

Week 6 (10.14.18)

Question

How can we glorify God?

Answer

We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.

Deuteronomy 11:1

Week 6 Video

 

Week 5 (10.7.18)

Question

What else did God create?

Answer

God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.

Genesis 1:31

Week 5 Video

 

Week 4 (9.30.18)

Question

How and why did God create us?

Answer

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 glory.

Genesis 1:27

Week 4 Video

 

Week 3 (9.23.18)

Question

How many persons are there in God?

Answer

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.

Reference

2 Corinthians 13:14

Week 3 Video

Week 2 (9.16.18)

Question

What is God?

Answer

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.

Reference

Psalm 86:8-10, 15

Week 2 Video

Week 1 (9.9.18)

Question

What is our only hope in life and death?

Answer

That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.

Reference

Romans 14:7-8

Week 1 Video