This Weeks Youth Focus – 3/1

About every 6 weeks we take a Thursday night and discuss various doctrines found in the catechism that we are using within our homes and with our children here at Emmaus (See our “Resource” page for more information about catechism). This week we will examine questions 16-21. I’m really excited about discussing these doctrinal truths because it is at the heart of the gospel. These 6 questions address the doctrine of sin and salvation from a biblical perspective that brings God the ultimate glory and honor. I hope to see you there!

Q. 16. Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first disobedience?
A. Since the covenant was made not only for Adam but also for his natural descendants, all mankind sinned in him and fell with him in his first disobedience. (Ge 2:16,17; Ro 5:12; 1 Co 15:21,22)

Q. 17. What happened to man in the fall?
A. Man fell into a condition of sin and misery. (Ro 5:12)

Q. 18. What is sinful about man’s fallen condition?
A. The sinfulness of that fallen condition is twofold. First, in what is commonly called original sin, there is the guilt of Adam’s first sin with its lack of original righteousness and the corruption of his whole nature. Second are all the specific acts of disobedience that come from original sin. (Ro 5:12,19; Ro 5:10-20; Eph 2:1-3; Jas 1:14,15; Mt 15:19)

Q. 19. What is the misery of man’s fallen condition?
A. By their fall all mankind lost fellowship with God and brought His anger and curse on themselves. They are therefore subject to all the miseries of this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell forever. (Ge 3:8,10,24; Eph 2:2,3; Gal 3:10; La 3:39; Ro 6:23; Mt 25:41).

Q. 20. Did God leave all mankind to die in sin and misery?
A. From all eternity and merely because it pleased Him God chose some to have everlasting life. These He freed from sin and misery by a covenant of grace and brought them to salvation by a redeemer. (Eph 1:4; Ro 3:20,21,22; Gal 3:21,22)

Q 21. Who is the redeemer of God’s chosen ones?
A. The only redeemer of God’s chosen is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who became man. He was and continues to be God and man in two distinct natures and one person forever. (1 Ti 2:5,6; Jn 1:14; Gal 4:4; Ro 9:5; Lk 1:35; Col 2:9; Heb 7:24,25)

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