Catechism Supplement – 56-60
Westminster Shorter Catechism – Q 47
Psalm of the month – 44A
Memory Verse – Psalm 14:1
Q56. Why should Christians pray regularly?
Because it is our response of thankfulness to God for our redemption, and because God gives His grace and Holy Spirit only to those who unceasingly ask these things of Him and return thanks unto Him for them. Psa. 50:14-15; Luke 11:9-10,13.
Q57. What are the three uses of the law?
The first use convicts sinners of sin and drives them to the cross of Christ for forgiveness, the second use sets a standard of righteousness for the civil realm, and the third use shows believers how to live for God’s glory in all of life. Rom. 3:20, 7:7; 1 Jo. 1:9; Rom. 7:24-25; 13:3-5; Matt. 5:16; Rom. 14:19.
Q58. How does the first use of the law apply to Christians?
Christians ought daily to learn of their sin and misery from the law, and in turn appeal constantly to the blood, suffering, death, and obedience of Jesus Christ. Rom. 7:24-25; 1 Jo. 2:1-2.
Q59. How does the third use of the law apply to Christians?
Christians ought to daily remind themselves of their duty to obey God in everything as a grateful response for their redemption in Christ. Eph. 5:8-11; Col. 3:17.
Q60. Do Christians have to keep the law?
Yes, not to earn God’s favor, but in order that they may continually show God their thankfulness for redemption in Christ. Rom. 13:8-10; 1 Jo. 2:3-6.
Psalm 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.
WSC Q. 47. What is forbidden in the first commandment?
A. The first commandment forbiddeth the denying, or not worshiping and glorifying, the true God as God, and our God; and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due to him alone.