Catechism Insight – Review Doctrinal Standard WSC #36-42

Review Doctrinal Standards #36-42

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Q. What benefits in this life go with or come from justification, adoption, and sanctification?

A. The benefits that in this life go with or come from justification, adoption, and sanctification are: the assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, and growing and persevering in grace to the end of our lives.

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Q. What benefits do believers receive from Christ when they die?

A. When believers die, their souls are made perfectly holy and immediately pass into glory. Their bodies, which are still united to Christ, rest in the grace until the resurrection.

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Q. What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?

A. At the resurrection, believers, raised in glory, will be publicly recognized and declared not guilty on the day of judgment and will be made completely happy in the full enjoyment of God forever.

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Q. What does God require of man?

A. God requires man to obey His revealed will.

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Q.What rules did God first reveal for man to obey?

A. The rules He first revealed were the moral law.

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Q. Where is the moral law summarized?

A. The moral law is summarized in the Ten Commandments.

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Q. What is the essence of the Ten Commandments?

A. The essence of the Ten Commandments is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind, and to love everyone else as we love ourselves.

Memory Verses

  • “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:4–5, ESV).


  • Study Passage: Deuteronomy 6:1-9


  • This should be a time of reflection, assessment, and re-teaching.
  • There are a couple of different ways to approach this review lesson. First, the review questions and answers could be made into a game that forces the students to remember what they have learned while assessing their understanding. Another idea is to quiz each student on each of the 7 questions making sure to encourage and celebrate their accomplishments. Last, it would be beneficial to review each of the question and answers drawing out their central truths and mentioning how they are connected.

Discussion Questions

  • Explains what justification, adoption, and sanctification mean in the life of a believer.
  • When does justification take place?
  • When does adoption take place?
  • When does sanctification take place?
  • What benefit does a believer have when he or she dies?
  • What two commands summarizes the Ten Commandments and all of scripture?
  • How has the catechism helped you grow in their faith and understanding?

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