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Monday, July 30, 2007


I recently read about this quiz about the "Christian faith". I took it and found that I need to be able to more accurately define the essentials of the Christian faith in order to effectively defend it.

The answers follow below in blue. My hope is that this will spur you on to know what you believe.

Caveat: You have to answer from memory. No internet/Bible/commentary helps allowed. Note: This is NOT intended to be an exhaustive doctrinal overview, just a few example questions for Christians.

1. Name the Ten Commandments... in order :)

2. Name the 12 Apostles

3. Give a concise biblical definition of sin

4. What is God?

5. What offices does Christ execute as our Redeemer?

6. How do we partake of the redemption purchased by Christ?

7. What does the term, “effectual calling” mean?

8. Give a concise definition of “justification.”

9. Give a concise definition of “sanctification.”

10. What duty does God require of man?

11. Where is the moral law summed up in the Scriptures?

12. What words from God are the preface to His Ten Commandments? Also, where in Scripture are the Ten Commandments found?
13. What do we pray for in the First Petition of the Lord’s prayer?
14. What about the Second Petition?

15. The Third?

16. The Fourth?

17. The Fifth? The Sixth?

18. How does the ministry of the Law bring us toward Christ?

19. How does the ministry of the Gospel help you in your accursed state?

20. What is prayer?

21. What is repentance?

22. What is meant by the “communion of the saints”?

23. What is the Bible?

Okay, okay, I’ll stop there. Answers can be found below.

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1. The Ten Commandments

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
6. Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet.

2. The Twelve Apostles

Simon Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Thadeus, Simon, Judas

3 . Sin is any lack of conformity to or transgression of the Law of God.

4. God is a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.

5. Christ executes the office of Prophet, Priest and King.

6. We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ by the application of it to our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

7. Effectual calling is a gracious work of the Spirit, whereby he causes us to embrace Christ freely, as he is offered to us in the gospel.

8. Justification is an act of God’s free grace in which he pardons all our sins and accepts us as righteous in His sight, only because of the righteousness of Christ, imputed to us and received by faith alone.

9. Sanctification is a work of God’s free grace, wherein we are renewed in the whole man, after the image of God and are enabled more and more to die to sin and live unto righteousness.

10. The duty that God requires of man is obedience to His revealed will.

11. The Moral Law is summarized in the Ten Commandments.

12. The preface to the Ten Commandments is found in these words: “I am the Lord thy God which has brought thee out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of bondage.”
The Ten Commandments are found in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21

13. In the First Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, Hallowed be thy name, we pray that God’s name would be held holy among us.

14. The Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer is, Thy Kingdom come,. The Kingdom of God comes indeed by itself but in this petition we pray that it would come unto us also.

15. In the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, Thy Will Be Done, the good and gracious will of God is done indeed without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us as well.

16. The Fourth Petition is, Give us this day our daily bread. God gives us daily bread without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to know it and receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

17. The Fifth Petition is, And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. In this petition that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins nor on their account deny our prayer, for we are worthy of none of the things for which we pray. Neither have we deserved them. But we pray that he would grant them all by grace for we daily sin much and really deserve nothing but punishment. So will we also heartily forgive and readily do good to those who sin against us. The Sixth Petition is, And lead us not into temptation. God indeed tempets no one but we pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world and our flesh may not deceive us nor seduce us into disbelief, despair and other great shame and vice. And though we are attacked by these things, that still we may finally overcome and obtain the victory through Jesus Christ.

18. The ministry of the Law brings us to Christ by bring me to know my sin and the wrath of God against me for it.

19. The ministry of the Gospel brings us to Christ by teaching us the value and virtue of the death of Christ and the riches of His grace to lost sinners, by revealing the promise of grace to such and ministering the Spirit of grace to apply Christ and his promise of grace to me, and to keep me in Him.

20. Prayer is the calling upon God in the name of Christ, by the help of the Holy Spirit, according to the will of God.

a grace of the Spirit, whereby I despise my sins and myself for them, and confess them before the Lord, and mourn after Christ for the pardon of them, and for grace to serve Him in newness of life.

22. The communion of the saints is the fellowship of the church in the blessings of the covenant of grace.

23. The Word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. It is God breathed, without error and is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify God and enjoy Him.

Here ends our quiz. The answers are paraphrases taken from both the Westminster Confession of Faith and Luther’s catechism. There are many evangelical Christians who could not answer most of these most basic questions with any clarity because they have never been taught the basics. Before we worry about what rock song played during a certain movie, we should know what we believe and why. The questions are not intended to be a complete summary of Christian doctrine, just a sampling.

1 comment:

Diana said...

You know I don't like pop quizes! LOL
You have to admit I didn't do to bad when answering them late last night. I didn't do to good either. :)
Thanks for lighting the fire to make me burn a little more to find these answers.
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