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Christ, and what he did, sins; the resurrection of taught, and suffered for the body; and the life evthe good of men ? erlasting. Amen.
A. In the bible, which we should diligently read
PART II. and study, for our improvement in knowledge and Q. Does the bible ingoodness, in order to fit form us what God himself us for heaven.
is ? Q. Is there any form A. Yes; it teaches us of words in which Chris- that he is a being who tians express the principal had no beginning, and that articles of their belief? he will have no end ; that
A. Yes; the Apostles' he is almighty, perfectly Creed, which was compos- wise, and infinitely good; ed in the first ages of that he is every where Christianity, is such a present; and that he nevform.
er changes in his nature or Q. Repeat the Apos- disposition. tles' Creed.
Q. What does God reA. I believe in God, quire of us, in order to live the Father Almighty, ma- and die in his favour? ker of heaven and earth; A. All that God re
And in Jesus Christ, his quires of us is compreonly Son our Lord; who hended in these two prewas conceived by the holy cepts; Thou shalt love the Ghost; born of the Virgin Lord thy God with all thy Mary; suffered under heart ; and thy neighbour Pontius Pilate; was as thyself
. cified, dead, and buried; Q. In what the third day he must we express our love again from the dead; he to God? ascended into
A. By a grateful sense and sitteth at the_right of his goodness to us; by hand of God, the Father a constant care to do his Almighty ; from thence he will; and by an entire and shall come to judge the cheerful submission to all living and the dead. the dispensations of his
I believe in the holy providence. Ghost; the forgiveness of Q. How must we ex
press our love to our fellow God will forgive us our ofmen ?
fences against him. A. By doing to others, Q. In what manner as we should think it right should we treat the inferior in them to do to us in the animals ? same circumstances.
A. We should treat Q. By what methods them with tenderness and must we cherish our love humanity; and never torto God, and increase our ment them or destroy their confidence in him ?
lives to make ourselves A. We must frequently sport; because they are consider the benefits he the creatures of God, and confers upon us.
We must because God has also address ourselves to manded us to be merciful him in prayer, thanking unto them. him for the mercies he be- Q. Has God any where stows upon us, confessing delivered distinct direcour sins before him, and tions, concerning the sevasking of him whatever eral branches of our duty he knows to be needful to him and to our neighand good for us.
bour? Q. How shall we bring A. Yes, in the ten ourselves into the best dis- commandments, which he position for performing delivered to the children our duty to God and man? of Israel from Mount
A. By a proper gov- Sinai. ernment of our passions, Q. Which is the first according to the dictates commandment? of reason and conscience; A. Thou shalt lave no by living in temperance other gods but me. and chastity; and never Q. Which is the second indulging a proud, mali- commandment? cious, or selfish temper.
A. Thou shalt not Q. What should we do, make to thyself any graven when persons affront and imagé, nor the likeness of injure us?
any thing that is in heaven A. We should not re- above, or in the earth beturn evil for evil; and if neath, or in the water unthey repent, we must for- der the earth; thou shalt give them, as we hope that not bow down to them, nor
worship them; for I, the the Lord blessed the sevLord thy God, am a jeal- enth day, and hallowed it, ous God, and visit the Q. Which is the fifth sins of the fathers upon commandment ? the children, unto the third A. Honour thy father and fourth generation of and thy mother; that thy those who hate me; and days may be long in the show mercy unto thous- land, which the Lord thy ands of those who love me, God giveth thee. and keep my command Q. Which is the sixth ments.
commandment ? Q. Which is the third A. Thou shalt do no commandment?
murder. A. Thou shalt not take Q. Which is the seventh the name of the Lord thy commandment ? God in vain; for the Lord A. Thou shalt not comwill not hold him guiltless mit adultery. who taketh his name in Q. Which is the eighth vain.
commandment? Q. Which is the fourth A. Thou shalt not commandment?
steal. A. Remember, that Q. Which is the ninth thou keep holy the sab- commandment ? bath day. Six days shalt A. Thou shalt not bear thou labour, and do all false witness against thy that thou hast to do; but neighbour. the seventh day is the sab Q. Which is the tenth bath of the Lord thy God. commandment? In it thou shalt do no man A. Thou shalt not coyner of work, thou, and thy et thy neighbour's house; son, and thy daughter; thy thou shalt not covet thy man servant, and thy maid neighbour's wife; nor his servant; thy cattle, “and servant, nor his maid, nor the stranger who is within his ox, nor his ass, nor any thy gates. For in six days thing that is his. the Lord made heaven and Q. What are those earth, the sea, and all that principles which most efin them is, and rested the fectually lead to the obserseventh day ; wherefore vance of these, and all
other of God's command- only requires that we rements ?
pent of the sins we comA. A high reverence mit, and endeavour to live of God, and a sincere better lives for the future. good will to our fellow Q. What should a sense creatures, joined with a of our frailty and pronejust regard to our own real ness to sin teach us? interest.
A. Humility and watchQ. What is the best fulness, and earnestness in method we can take, to our prayers to God, to enguard ourselves from all able us to resist temptavice and wickedness ? tion, and to strengthen
A. By being careful not and confirm our good disto indulge sinful thoughts ; positions. and by correcting every Q. Did Christ appoint thing which is amiss in the any outward ordinances as beginning, before we have means of promoting his become accustomed to it, religion ? and have formed a habit A. He commanded his which cannot easily be disciples to go and teach broken ; particularly by all nations, baptizing them avoiding the company of in the name of the Father, wicked persons,
who and of the Son, and of the would soon make us like holy Ghost; and he also themselves ? and by being, commanded them to eat in a mnore especial manner, bread and drink wine in upon our guard against remembrance of him. This those vices, to which our rite is called the Lord's situation and circumstan- Supper. ces make us peculiarly Q. What is the meanprone.
ing of baptism?
A. The washing of wafulfill all the commands of ter in baptism probably God, so as to live entirely represents the purity of without sin ?
heart and life, required A. No. Our merciful
Our merciful from all who become the God and Father knows disciples of Christ. that we are not able to do Q. What is the nature this, and therefore doth and use of the Lord's not expect it from us. He supper?
A. By eating bread and will come to judge the livdrinking wine in remem- ing and the dead. For brance of Christ, we keep this hope which was set alive the memory of his before him, he endured the death and resurrection; we cross, and despised the acknowledge ourselves to shame of that ignominious be Christians; we cherish death. a grateful sense of the Q. What do the scripblessings of the gospel of tures say concerning the Christ; and strengthen our day of judgment ? resolutions to live as be- A. That Christ will comes his disciples.
come in the clouds of heaQ. Had Christ no par- ven with power and great ticular reward on account glory, when every eye shall of what he did and suffer- see him ; that he will seped for the good of men ? arate the wicked from the
A. Because he hum- good; that he will send bled himself to death, God the wicked into a place of . has highly exalted him, and punishment, and take the made him head over all righteous to a place of things to his church; and happiness, where they shall at the end of the world he live for ever with himself
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