The Painted Door Catechism

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Q1. Who is God?

A. God is a spirit with no beginning and no end. He made everything and everyone. And he shares his life with all of us. He is the only one God, but he is also three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three agree on everything and love everyone. God is never selfish and always cares for others before himself. John 4:24 / Acts 17:24-28 / John 10:29-30 / 1 John 4:8 1 Cor. 13:4-7


Q2. Why did God create the heavens and the earth and all that is in them?

A. God created all things to open his home and share his life. The whole world is beautiful and wonderful, because it was made by a beautiful and wonderful God. And people are the most beautiful and wonderful, because we were made to be like God. We were made to live with him and enjoy the creation with him. Isaiah 43:6-7 / Ps. 19:1-2 / Ps. 8:4-6 / 2 Pet. 1:3-4 / Gen. 1:26-28


Q3. What does God the Father think of His creation?

A. God really likes his creation and he really loves people. And he always will. Everything is broken now because of sin, but God has a plan to heal it all. We are broken, too, but our Father still loves us. God’s plan is to make a new world where everything is healed so we can live with him in joy forever. Gen. 1:31Ps. 104:31Rom. 8:20-22Rom. 5:6-8Isa. 65:17-19


Q4. How was Jesus involved in the creation of the world?

A. The whole world was made by Jesus and for Jesus. When God spoke to create the world, Jesus was in his words. When God made people, Jesus was the shape he made us in. And all things, including us, were made so that Jesus could come into the world and show us how beautiful and loving God is. Col. 1:16-17John 1:1-2Heb. 1:10John 1:3-41 Cor. 8:6Col. 1:15Gen. 3:15Mark 4:30-32


Q5. Why did Jesus become a man and come to earth?

A. Jesus became a man so that all people could meet him and know him. Without Jesus, we are all stuck in sin. Without Jesus, we are all running from God and running toward death. But Jesus came to rescue us and give us new life. He lived in that new life, so that we can join him in it. Rom. 3:10-12John 10:9-10Gal. 2:20


Q6. Why did Jesus die?

A. No one took the life of Jesus. He decided to die, because God the Father asked him to. Jesus obeyed his Father and gave up his life to love people. John 10:17-18Heb. 12:2Luke 22:42John 3:16-17


Q7. What did the death of Jesus do for us?

A. Jesus lived so we could join him in his life, and he died so we could join him in his death. Jesus makes death not scary anymore, because in him death is not the end of us. Jesus died to take away the sins of the world, so that we could have life with God. If we join him in his death, we will also join him in living forever. Rom. 6:6-101 Cor. 15:56-57John 1:29Col. 1:19-20Rom. 6:22-23


Q8. How did Jesus rise from the dead?

A. Death could not hold Jesus down. The life of God in him was too strong. Jesus lived in that life of God and died in that life of God. So God raised him up from the dead and up into heaven. Acts 2:241 Cor. 15:54-55Isa. 53:7Isa. 53:10Phil. 2:5-11


Q9. What does the resurrection of Jesus mean for the world?

A. The resurrection of Jesus proves that God can and will rescue people from death. If Jesus had not risen from death, then we could not rise from death. But Jesus did rise, and so we can, too. A new world and new life are happening. And God is healing all the broken and dying things. 1 Cor. 15:17-28


Q10. Why did Jesus leave this world and return to his Father in heaven?

A. Jesus went back to his Father in heaven so that we could follow him there, and so that he could send the Spirit of God to us. He went to sit at God’s right hand, so we could talk to the Father through him. Also, he talks to the Father for us. And he sends the Holy Spirit to us so that we can be filled with the life of God. John 14:16-20Heb. 10:12, Col. 3:1Eph. 3:11-12Rom. 8:34Heb. 4:14-16John 14:12Acts 2:17-21Joel 2:28-32


Q11. What will Jesus do when he returns to this world?

A. God has promised to send Jesus again to be king of the whole world. His return will be scary for those who don’t love him. But to those who do love him, it will be wonderful. He will be a great king, and his kingdom will be full of goodness and joy. He will connect us to the life of God forever. Acts 17:30-31Rev. 19:11-16Ps. 96:10-13Ps. 98:7-9Isa.11:1-10Rev. 19:6-9


Q12. When will Jesus return to this world, and how should we get ready?

A. No one knows when the Lord Jesus will return. So we live like he could return at any moment. We want to be ready for him and excited when he gets here. And we trust that God will make us ready for that day. Matt. 24:36-39Mark 13:32-34Matt. 24:42-44Matt. 25:13Mark 13:35-371 Thes.5:23-24


Q13. What does the Holy Spirit do, and how do we respond?

A. The Holy Spirit tells us that we need Jesus. He tells us that we are sinners against God. He tells us that only Jesus can reconnect us with God. And he warns us that the ways we naturally live and think are not the ways of God. The Holy Spirit speaks to everyone, but not everyone listens. Listening to him is like living with the light on so that we can see. But not listening to him is like living in darkness. John 16:8-11Gal. 5:17-21John 16:13-15Rom. 8:5-11Acts 2:17-21Joel 2:28-321 Cor. 2:12-16Matt. 12:31-32Mark 3:28-30


Q14. What is the church, and what does she do?

A. The church is the body of Jesus. All the people in churches all over the world are different parts of the one body of Jesus. Jesus came to earth to show the world what God is like, and when he returned to heaven, he left his body, the church, here to keep showing the world what God is like. The church keeps on doing what Jesus did when he was here, preaching the truth about God and offering forgiveness and compassion to all. 1 Cor. 12:14-27, Rom. 12:4-5, 1 John 4:7-16, 1 Pet. 2:9-10, 1 Tim. 3:14-15, 2 Cor. 5:18-20, Rom. 12:14-18


Q15. How do we become a part of the church?

A. God connects people to his church by giving them faith to live in Jesus. And a person receives that life in Jesus through baptism. As we go under the water, we join Jesus in his death. As we come up from the water, we join Jesus in his life. Eph. 2:4-10, 1 Cor. 12:12-13, Rom. 6:3-4


Q16. Why don’t we have to be afraid of death anymore?

A. We don’t have to be afraid of death because we can hide ourselves in Jesus, who has beaten death. To die alone is to be lost forever. But to die in Jesus is to step toward life that will never end. Col. 3:3-4, Eccl. 3:19-20, Gen. 3:19, 1 Cor. 15:16-22


Q17. Is there life after death, and what sort of life is it?

A. Death is not stronger than the life of God, and Jesus has shared the life of God with us all. In Jesus, we can rise from death, and put on new bodies that will never die. Anyone who trusts Jesus will live in peace forever. Ps. 90:2, Acts 17:24-31, 1 Cor. 15:22-28, 1 Cor. 15:51-55, John 17:1-3, 1 Thes. 4:13-18


Q18. In what ways does the law of God require that we love Him?

A. Have no other gods before the one true God. Make no image of God. Do not use the name of the Lord in vain. Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy.


Q19. In what ways does the law of God require that we love people?

A. Honor your father and mother. Do not murder. Do not commit adultery. Do not steal. Do not speak lies about other people. Do not covet what other people have.


Q20. Why has God given us these commands?

A. The Ten Commandments show us how wonderful God is. They show us how he loves others and how we must love others if we want to be friends with God. These commands are to be obeyed perfectly. Rev. 21:1-7Rev. 1:8Ps. 19:7-11Matt. 5:20-48Deut. 11:13-21Gal. 3:10-12


Q21. Who has disobeyed these commands?

A. All people have disobeyed God. Ever since he gave us his law, we have been able to see that we are not obedient children. Not one of us is good. Rom. 5:12-13Rom. 7:7-13Rom. 3:10-20


Q22. What happens to people who disobey God’s commands?

A. When we disobey God, we run away from his life and run towards death. God is the only one who has life for us. He is the one who made us and protects us. To disobey him is to choose death. John 1:1-4Rom. 6:20-23Ps. 36: 7-12John 3:36


Q23. If we have disobeyed, how can we escape death?

A. We have a savior in Jesus to rescue us from disobedience and death. He has come to be with us in our broken places and to heal us through his life and death. When we trust Jesus to save us, we receive his life of obedience as our own. We become one with Jesus through his Spirit. Ezek. 36:25-27Heb. 10:15-22Rom. 3:21Rom. 8:1-4Heb. 10:10-14Ga. 5:22-25John 15:1-5


Q24. Can we obey these commands?

A. God promised to give us an obedience that we couldn’t make on our own. And he kept his promise in Jesus, who is our obedience for us. We can trust Jesus to give us his perfect life. We can trust him to live out his perfect life through the Holy Spirit in us. Because of Jesus, obeying God is not up to us anymore. John 10:17-18Heb. 12:2Luke 22:42, John 3:16-17


Q25. How does Jesus teach us to pray?

A. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”


Q26. Why do we call God our Father?

A. God is the father of all things, and all people are his children. But we have run away from him through our sin and lost the right to call him father. Still, he chases after us. He sent Jesus to gather up the runaway children. And he sent the Holy Spirit to connect those runaways to Jesus, so that they would be adopted back into God’s family and call him Father forever. 1 Cor. 8:5-6Acts 17:28-29Eph. 4:4-6Mal. 2:101 John 3:1, 9-10Ga. 4:4-7Rom. 8:14-17


Q27. Why is the name of God holy?

A. No one is as strong or as beautiful as God. There is no one like him. So his name in all its forms--YHWH, Yeshua, Jesus--is above every other name. Ps. 96:2-10Isa. 42:8Ps. 29:1-2Jer. 10:6-7Phil. 2:5-11


Q28. What is the Kingdom of God?

A. The kingdom of God is where Jesus is king. And where Jesus is king, goodness is for all peoples. Every other kingdom will come under King Jesus. He is the only king who will rule forever. Isa. 9:6-7, Mark 1:14-15, John 14:12, Luke 17:20-21, Mark 4:26-29, Matt. 6:31-33, Matt 13:44-48, Mark 4:30-32


Q29. How does the Kingdom of God come to the earth?

A. Jesus came to the earth to bring God’s kingdom to us, and he returned back to his father to finish the job. The kingdom of God now grows all around us and even in us. We don’t know where it will grow next, and we can’t help it grow any faster. But we can look for it, enjoy it, and rest in it. John 10:17-18, Heb. 12:2, Luke 22:42, John 3:16-17


Q30. In what ways does God take care of His children?

A. God gives every good thing to his children, filling all of our needs in Jesus. God is the giver of life, the one who made us and protects us. He has filled the world with food and everything we need for life. And he will protect us forever, even when we die, by letting us share in his life through Jesus. Ps. 84-11Phil. 4:19Ps. 36:7-9Gen. 2:7Gen. 1:29-30Luke 12:22-30Matt 6:25-332 Pet. 1:3-4Eph. 1:3-10


Q31. What do we owe to God?

A. God has given us life, and we have used it to run towards death. Our sin is against him. We have rejected his life and owe a debt that can only be paid in death. 1 Tim. 6:13-14, Gal. 6:7-8, Ps. 51:3-4, Rom. 6:23


Q32. Will God forgive all of our debts?

A. God sent his Son to take away the sins of the world. Jesus took away the debt of death that we owed. He paid our debts with his life and death, buying us back from our slavery to sin and death. John 1:29, Col. 2:13-14, Heb. 10:10-14, 1 Cor. 6:19-20, 1 Cor. 7:22-23, Rom. 6:17-18


Q33. How can we forgive others?

A. We can forgive others only with the forgiveness of Jesus. We have no forgiveness of our own making but only what Jesus has given us. When we don’t forgive, we reject the forgiveness of God altogether. Col. 3:12-13, Eph. 4:32, Luke 7:41-50, Matt. 6:14-15, Mark 11:25


Q34. Why does God allow His children to be tempted?

A. God allows his children to be tempted so we will see how much we need him. Temptation is not for us to prove our goodness to God, but for him to prove his goodness to us. Whether we resist or give in, he comes to be with us. Jesus knows every temptation and has become every sin, and he has beaten it all for us. 2 Cor. 12:7-9, Rom. 5:20-21, 1 Cor. 10:12-13, 2 Tim. 2:11-13, Heb. 2:14-18, Heb. 4:15, 2 Cor. 5:21, Isa. 53:4-12


Q35. What is evil, and how does God rescue us from it?

A. Evil is anything that looks for life without God. There is no life without God, only death. So evil is a lie, a fake sort of life. But Jesus came to rescue us with the truth. He came to show us the lie of evil and teach us that the only way of life is with God. Gen. 3:17-19, John 15:6, Rom. 1:18-25, John 8:31, John 14:6-7, John 10:10-11, Rom. 6:9-10, John 17:20-21