Monthly Archives: May 2011

Q2 What did God give you to teach you how you may glorify and enjoy him?

God gave us the Bible (Both Old and New Testaments) which is The Word of God, (2 Tim. 3:16, Eph. 2:20). The Bible is the only standard to teach us how to glorify and enjoy him. (1 John 1:3–4).

Notes: I didn’t change much on this one. Originally I changed the word “rule” to “standard” but that seemed to confuse my students as well, so I struck the word “standard” from the question but I left it in the answer; in addition to personalizing the question, and it’s answer.

Questions for Follow-up:

  • What is the word of God?
  • What is the difference between the Old and New Testaments?
  • Can we worship God without knowing scripture?
  • Suggestion: Read and discuss the story of Nadab and Abihu – who tried to worship God in their own way. Lev. 10:1-3 (EDIT: Cref Exodus 30:9 and the breaking of the clear prohibition.)
  • Suggestion: Have each child open to the index in their Bible.
    • Discuss the two testaments and the different types of books. Example: History, Information, Wisdom Literature, Prophecy, Gospels, Letters, etc.
    • Suggestion: While looking at the index in your Bibles, take time to show the kids how to navigate through the Bible –
    • Teach them what is meant by Book Chapter:Verse notation.
    • Teach them not to be ashamed to use the index to get around
    • Encourage them that they will learn the bible books through using them – though it might be a good project to have them memorize the books in order.

Q1 What were you created for?

What is the Chief end of man?
The Chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

That is the original question 1 and it’s answer which begins the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Unfortunately my 10 year olds kept getting hung up on “chief” as a name of the main guy in charge of a tribe of Native Americans. Or else they talked about the guy in charge at the fire department.

So what is meant? Main purpose. What is the main purpose/design of man? Man’s main purpose is to glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever.
But let us make this personal.
What were you created for?
I was created to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.

That is a question and answer my students immediately understood. It gave us common ground to talk about what it meant to glorify God and Enjoy Him – instead of discussing at length why “chief” didn’t mean the Indian in charge and “end” didn’t mean the death of men, or why it says men instead of people.

Now my Students are thinking about what they were created for, and that is the point of the catechism – to teach doctrine, not to create rabbit trails.

Now for some follow up questions:

I was created to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31, Romans 11:36) and to enjoy him forever (Psalms 73:25-28, John 17:21-23)

  • What is meant by “glorify God”
  • How can we best glorify God? (1 Pet. 2:12, Phil. 1:11, John 15:8)
  • “What is meant by “enjoy him forever”?