Each week, we look at one or more questions in Spurgeon’s Catechism as published on the back of our bulletin.
Q75. What is Baptism?
A75. Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, instituted by Jesus Christ,*1 to be unto the person baptized a sign of his fellowship with Him, in His death, burial, and resurrection,*2 of his being ingrafted into Him,*3 of remission of sins,*4 and of his giving up himself unto God through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.*5
- Matthew 28:19. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
- Romans 6:3. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Colossians 2:12. … buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
- Galatians 3:27. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
- Mark 1:4. John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Acts 22:16. “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
- Romans 6:4-5. Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
A Catechism For Boys and Girls
Q23. What is sin?
A23. Sin is any trangression of the law of God.
- 1 John 3:4. Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
- Romans 3:20. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
- James 2:8-11. If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a tansgressor of the law.
Q24. What is meant by transgression?
A24. Doing what God forbids.
- 1 Samuel 13:13-14. And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you. For now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now you kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.” (Read 1Sam 13:1-15 to your young person about Saul’s unlawful sacrifice to the LORD.)
- 1Samuel 15:22-23. So Samuel said: “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.” (Read 1Sam 15 to your young person about Saul’s rejection as king for disobeying God’s explicit command to him.)
- Hosea 6:7. “But like men they transgressed the covenant; There they dealt treacherously with Me.”
- Romans 1:18-21. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were they thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man–and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK
Remember it in song form:
“For God shall bring
every work into judgment,
with every secret thing,
whether it be good,
or whether it be evil.