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A. By being careful not to indulge sinful thoughts; and by correcting every thing which is amiss in the beginning, before we have become accustomed to it, and have formed a habit which cannot easily be broken; particularly by avoiding the company of wicked persons, who would soon make us like themselves? and by being, in a more especial manner, upon our guard against those vices, to which our situation and circumstances make us peculiarly
Q. Is any man able to fulfil all the commands of God, so as to live entirely without sin?
A. No. Our merciful God and Father knows that we are not able to do this, and therefore doth not expect it from us. He
only requires that we repent of the sins we commit, and endeavour to live better lives for the future.
Q. What should a sense of our frailty and proneness to sin teach us?
A. Humility and watchfulness, and earnestness in our prayers to God, to enable us to resist temptation, and to strengthen and confirm our good dispositions.
Q. Did Christ appoint any outward ordinances as means of promoting his religion?
A. He commanded his disciples to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost; and he also commanded them to eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of him. This rite is called the Lord's Supper.
Q. What is the meaning of baptism?
A. The washing of water in baptism probably represents the purity of heart and life, required from all who become the disciples of Christ.
Q. What is the nature and use of the Lord's supper?
will come to judge the living and the dead. For this hope which was set before him, he endured the cross, and despised the shame of that ignominious death.
A. By eating bread and drinking wine in remembrance of Christ, we keep alive the memory of his death and resurrection; we acknowledge ourselves to be Christians; we cherish a grateful sense of the blessings of the gospel of Christ; and strengthen our resolutions to live as becomes his disciples.
Q. Had Christ no par-,ven ૨ ticular reward on account of what he did and suffered for the good of men?
A. Because he humbled himself to death, God has highly exalted him, and made him head over all things to his church; and at the end of the world he
Q. What do the scriptures say concerning the day of judgment?
A. That Christ will come in the clouds of hea
with power and great glory, when every eye shall see him; that he will separate the wicked from the good; that he will send the wicked into a place of punishment, and take the righteous to a place of happiness, where they shall live for ever with himself.
END OF THE CATECHISM.
2 Night unto night his name repeats,
3 'Tis he supports my feeble frame;
4 Dear God, let all my hours be thine,
1 To thee let my first offerings rise,
1 My God was with me all this night,
My God did watch, even whilst I slept,
2 Sweet rest hath gained that strength to me, Which labour did devour;
My body was in weakness sown,
3 Lord, for the mercies of the night,
The first fruits of the day.
4 Let this day praise thee, O my God,
Morning Hymn. For a Child.
1 O GOD, I thank thee that the night
2 Be thou my guide, and let me live