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This Weeks Catechism – 8/11

Doctrinal Standard WSC #83

  • Q. Are all sins equally evil?
  • A. In the eyes of God some sins in themselves are more evil than others, and some are more evil because of the harm that results from them.

Memory Verse(s)

  • “Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin”  (John 19:11, ESV).

Scripture

  • Study Passage: Luke 12:35-48
  • Support Passages: Ezekiel 8:6,13,15; 1 John 5:16; Psalms 78:17,32,56
  • Bible Story: 1 Samuel 2:12-26

Thoughts

  • “Sins intended against God are more evil than sins intended against other humans beings. Some sins against people are more evil than other sins against people. A sin against another is more evil depending on how much harm it does to the person. In the Ten Commandments, the commandments that forbid us to sin against others go in order of forbidding the most harm (you shall not murder) to the least harm (you shall not covet). It is more evil to take a man’s life than to harm his marriage. It is more evil to harm a man’s marriage than to steal his property. Read proverbs 6:30-35.
  • Another thing that makes some sins more evil than other sins is the position of the person committing the sin. God has made some people leaders to others. People look up to them as leaders and watch their example. When people in leadership positions sin, others may follow them. People see leaders doing something that God has forbidden and think there is nothing wrong with it since, after all, this leader is doing it. Parents, teachers, church leaders, and others in positions of authority must be especially careful not to set a harmful example. Read James 3:1.
  • Growing up in a Christian home is a great privilege. It gives you many advantages that other people do not have. You grow up knowing who God is and what He requires of you. You grow up learning the gospel and knowing that God has provided a Savior so you may be justified by faith. Growing up in a Christian home also carries great responsibilities. The more you know about who God is and what He wants, the less excuse you have for sinning. The Bible teaches that those who fully know what they should do and refuse to do it will be punished much more severely than those who do not have such knowledge. Read Luke 12:47-48[1]

Discussion Questions

  • Are sins all equally evil? Explain.
  • Discuss various sins and determine which one might be more evil than others.
  • Because there are different degrees of sin does it mean that the “lesser” sins are ok? Explain.
  • What is the punishment of all sin no matter the severity?
  • What is the only rescue from any type of sin? Explain


[1] Meade, Starr (2000). Training Heart, Teaching Minds. Phillipsburg, New Jersey, USA; P&R Publishing Company.


This Week’s Catechism – 8/4

Doctrinal Standard WSC #83

  • Q. Are all sins equally evil?
  • A. In the eyes of God some sins in themselves are more evil than others, and some are more evil because of the harm that results from them.

Memory Verse(s)

  • “Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin”  (John 19:11, ESV).

Scripture

  • Study Passage: Luke 12:35-48
  • Support Passages: Ezekiel 8:6,13,15; 1 John 5:16; Psalms 78:17,32,56
  • Bible Story: 1 Samuel 2:12-26

Thoughts

  • “Sins intended against God are more evil than sins intended against other humans beings. Some sins against people are more evil than other sings against people. A sin against another is more evil depending on how much harm it does to the person. In the Ten Commandments, the commandments that forbid us to sin against others go in order of forbidding the most harm (you shall not murder) to the least harm (you shall not covet). It is more evil to take a man’s life than to harm his marriage. It is more evil to harm a man’s marriage than to steal his property. Read proverbs 6:30-35.
  • Another thing that makes some sins more evil than other sins is the position of the person committing the sin. God has made some people leaders to others. People look up to them as leaders and watch their example. When people in leadership positions sin, others may follow them. People see leaders doing something that God has forbidden and think there is nothing wrong with it since, after all, this leader is doing it. Parents, teachers, church leaders, and others in positions of authority must be especially careful not to set a harmful example. Read James 3:1.
  • Growing up in a Christian home is a great privilege. It gives you many advantages that other people do not have. You grow up knowing who God is and what He requires of you. You grow up learning the gospel and knowing that God has provided a Savior so you may be justified by faith. Growing up in a Christian home also carries great responsibilities. The more you know about who God is and what He wants, the less excuse you have for sinning. The Bible teaches that those who fully know what they should do and refuse to do it will be punished much more severely than those who do not have such knowledge. Read Luke 12:47-48[1]

Discussion Questions

  • Are sins all equally evil? Explain
  • Examine our legal system or the different types of punishments within your home. Are all sins or crimes punished the same way? Does this reveal to us something about God’s punishments?
  • Discuss various sins and determine which one might be more evil than others.
  • Because there are different degrees of sin does it mean that the “lesser” sins are ok? Explain.
  •  What is the punishment of all sin no matter the severity?
  • What is the only rescue from any type of sin? Explain


[1] Meade, Starr (2000). Training Heart, Teaching Minds. Phillipsburg, New Jersey, USA; P&R Publishing Company.


This Week’s Catechism – 4/21

Doctrinal Standard #64 & 65

  • Q. What does the fifth commandment require?
  • A. The fifth commandment requires us to respect and treat others, whether above, below, or equal to us, as their position or our relationship to them demands.
  • Q. What does the fifth commandment forbid?
  • A. The fifth commandment forbids being disrespectful to or not treating others as their position or relationship to us demands.

 

Memory Verses

  • “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you” (Matthew 7:6, ESV).

Scripture

  • Study Passage: Psalm 78
  • Support Passages: Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 119:97-104; Proverbs 22:6; Matthew 7:6 12; Ephesians 6:1-4; II Timothy 3:12-17
  • Bible Story: 1 Samuel 2:12-17,22-36, 3:12-13

Thoughts

  • Below is commentary from “Training Hearts, Teaching Minds” by Starr Meade.
  • “The duties that children have toward their parents are: listening to their teaching, obeying them, accepting and learning from their discipline, and honoring them when they are older. Children will do all these things when they have a right attitude toward their parents. The right attitude to have toward parents is an attitude of respect. Children who respect their parents are afraid to displease them. This is nor a fear of getting caught and of punishment. It is a sincere desire to do what would please the parent and to keep from doing what would make the parent unhappy. Of course, both parents and children are sinners. Sometimes parents sin and do things that make it hard for children to respect them. Sometimes children sin and do not feel like showing respect for their parents. This commandment calls us to always respect our parents, no matter how we feel.
  • In some countries, older people receive a great deal of respect. In those places, the older a person is, the more he or she is respected for his or her wisdom. In our country, older people do not receive much respect. Younger people receive more respect because they are stronger or prettier. In our country, people value physical attractiveness and strength more than wisdom! These values are not God’s values. God commands us to show respect to people who are older than we are.” [1]

Discussion Questions

  • Who is valued more importantly in our country, younger or older people? Explain.
  • Who has more wisdom, younger or older people?
  • What does scripture tells us about wisdom?
  • “Do you show respect to adults, even adults you don’t know?” (questions from Pg. 216)
  • “Do you greet them, let them go ahead of you, hold doors open for them, and other things that would show them respect?” (questions from Pg. 216)
  • “If an adult, who is not your parent, tells you to do something (or stop doing something), do you respond with respect?” (questions from Pg. 216)


[1] Meade, Starr (2000). Training Heart, Teaching Minds. Phillipsburg, New Jersey, USA; P&R Publishing Company.



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