Catechism Grade 4
Catechism Lessons for 4th Grade
Dates listed are the dates which memory work is recited.
Q. 70. What is it to be washed with the blood and Spirit of Christ?
A. It is to receive of God the remission of sins, freely, for the sake of Christ's blood and also to be renewed by the Holy Spirit.
Q. 71. Where has Christ promised us, that he will as certainly wash us by his blood and Spirit, as we are washed with the water of baptism?
A. In the institution of baptism, which is thus expressed: "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." (Matt.28:19).
Q. 72. Is then the external baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?
A. No, for only the blood of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit cleanse us from all sin.
Q. 74. Are infants also to be baptized?
A. Yes: for since they, as well as the adult, are included in the church of God, they must be admitted by baptism into the Christian church.
Q. 75. How art thou admonished and assured in the Lord's Supper, that thou art a partaker of that one sacrifice of Christ, accomplished on the cross, and of all his benefits?
A. Thus, that Christ feeds and nourishes my soul to everlasting life, with His crucified body and shed blood, as assuredly as I receive from the hands of the minister, and taste with my mouth the bread and cup of the Lord.
Q. 76. What is it then to eat the crucified body, and drink the shed blood of Christ?
A. It is to embrace with believing heart all the sufferings and death of Christ and thereby to obtain the pardon of sin, and life eternal.
Q. 77. Where has Christ promised that he will as certainly feed and nourish believers with his body and bleed, as they eat of this broken bread, and drink of this cup?
A. In the institution of the supper, which is thus expressed:
“The Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said: Eat, this is My body, which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying: this cup is the new testament in My blood; this do ye, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me. For, as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till He come.” (1Cor. 11:23-26)
Q. 81. For whom is the Lord's supper instituted?
A. For those who are truly sorrowful for their sins and yet trust that these are forgiven them for the sake of Christ.
Q. 82. Are they also to be admitted to this supper, who, by confession and life, declare themselves unbelieving and ungodly?
A. No; for then the covenant of God would be profaned, and His wrath kindled against the whole congregation.
Q. 83. What are the keys of the kingdom of heaven?
A. The preaching of the holy gospel and Christian discipline.
Q. 84. How is the kingdom of heaven opened and shut by the preaching of the holy gospel?
A. Thus: when it is declared to every believer, that when they receive the promise of the gospel, all their sins are forgiven them and when it is declared to all unbelievers that they stand exposed to the wrath of God.
Q. 85. How is the kingdom of heaven shut and opened by Christian discipline?
A. Thus: when those who maintain doctrines or practices inconsistent with the gospel are excluded from the Christian church.
Q. 86. Since then we are delivered from our misery, merely of grace, through Christ, without any merit of ours, why must we still do good works?
A. That so we may testify by the whole of our conduct our gratitude to God for His blessings.
Q. 87. Cannot they then be saved, who, continuing in their wicked and ungrateful lives, are not converted to God?
A. No, for the holy Scripture declares that no wicked person shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Q. 88. Of how many parts does the true conversion of man consist?
A. Of two parts; of the mortification of the old man, and the quickening of the new man.
Q. 89. What is the mortification of the old man?
A. It is a sincere sorrow of heart, that we have provoked God by our sins; and more and more to hate and flee from them.
Q. 90. What is the quickening of the new man?
A. It is a sincere joy of heart in God, through Christ, and with love and delight to live according to the will of God in all good works.
Q. 91. But what are good works?
A. Only those which proceed from a true faith and are performed according to the law of God.
Q. 92. What is the law of God?
A. God spake all the words of the law in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.
Q. 93. How are these commandments divided?
A. Into two tables;
the first which teaches us how we must behave towards God;
the second, what duties we owe to our neighbor.
Q. 94. What does God enjoin in the first commandment?
A. That I learn rightly to know the only true God, love, fear, and glorify Him, so that I renounce and forsake all creatures.
Q. 95. What is idolatry?
A. Idolatry is to have any other object in which men place their trust.
REMEMBER - dates listed are the dates which memory work is recited.
Psalter of the Month 2016-2017
September - Ps 31 vs 1,2,3
October - Ps 42 vs 1,2
November - Ps 55 vs 1,2,3
December - Christmas program songs
January - Ps 68 vs 1-4
February - Ps 81 vs 1,3
March - Ps 311 vs 1-5
April - Ps 96 vs 1,2
May - Ps 360 vs 1-5