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WRK IN PRGRSS: Utilizing the New City Catechism as my predominate framework, I sketch out an interactive catechism to help see how various issues relate. Additionally, I have included some quotations, notations, and links to various explanations.

Emmanuel Boston

on 5 December 2013

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Transcript of YHWH

["Yahweh"... God:] the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth.
There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.
"Attempting to formulate a systematic theology of the glory of God seems more than a bit foolish for finite persons. It is like wading in a vast ocean: we may have some experience and knowledge of the sea, but we can make no pretense of plumbing its immense depths."
--Chris Morgan, The Glory of God
We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.
NCC Answer 6
NCC Answer 4
God created all things by his powerful Word, and all creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.
New City Catechism (NCC) Answer 2
NCC Answer 3
NCC Answer 5
1. Creation
2. Image of God
3. Exodus
4. Fire/light/shining
5. Cloud
6. Sabbath
7. Moses
8. Tabernacle
9. Earth
10. Temple
11. Heavens
12. Isaiah
13. Ezekiel
14. Israel
15. Christ
16. Holy Spirit
17. Church
18. New Creation
Designates God himself
Internal characteristic/attribute/summary of attributes
God's presence
Display of God's attributes
Ultimate goal of display of God
Connotes heaven, heavenly eschatological consummation of the full experience of the presence of God
Appropriate responses to God in worship, exaltation, or exultation
Chris Morgan, Glory of God
Chris Morgan, Glory of God
"Complex Ethics"
Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.
NCC Answer 7
Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word and deed.
NCC Answer 13
[God did not create us unable to keep his law,] but because of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God's law.
NCC Answer 14
is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law--resulting in our death and disintegration.
'the good beneath the [sin]'
NCC Answer 16
is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our
hope and happiness,
significance and security.
'Social Media Idolatry'
NCC Answer 17
Every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come.
NCC Answer 18
Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God's favor?
NCC Question 19
to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from punishment for sin, by a Redeemer.
NCC Answer 19
Who is the Redeemer?
NCC Question 20
The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
NCC Answer 20
One who is truly human
and also
truly God.
NCC Answer 21
That in our human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.
NCC Answer 22
That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.
NCC Answer 23
Logic? or Idolatry?
'Selfish Love'
Argue well.
'Greater than Grace'
Some thoughts on catechisms.
the standard of righteousness
in historical perspective
Reality by Analogy
finite perspectives
"Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?" -- Dr. Tackett
Jonathan Edwards: "The Excellency of Christ"
Ortlund, "The Judge of All the Earth"
Tripp, "Anger is Essential"
An Advent Prayer
DeYoung's 5 Thoughts
Trueman: "Praise is Protest"
We need women teachers
Not a feminist
beauty is not shallow
Stay at home?
He gave us the desire for intimacy so He can love us, community so He can commune with us, and eternity so He can forever have and hold us. -- Christian George

love God... or love spouse?
marriage is not for you
Imperfect marriage...
your eternal health depends on whom you marry
1/2 of the wisdom is in Proverbs... but also Ecclesiastes
"A faith that flirts cannot satisfy a God who loves." (Christian George)
Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.
NCC Answer 24, part 1
NCC Answer 24, part 2
which is greater: righteousness or grace?
you do not have a capital on Christian righteousness
By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sins, righteousness, and everlasting life.
atonement & theodicy
what makes the atonement full?
Because Christ's death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ's righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more.
NCC Answer 25
"For too long, we've called unbelievers to 'invite Jesus into your life.' Jesus doesn't want to be in your life. Your life's a wreck. Jesus calls you into his life." (Russell D. Moore)
Only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith.
NCC Answer 26, trunc.
"Never confuse election with partiality. Partiality is favoritism that is corrupted by a willingness to pervert justice for the sake of the favored few; election chooses certain people out of God's free decision and nothing else, and even then justice is not perverted: hence the cross." (D.A. Carson)
At the day of judgment [those not united to Christ by faith] will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from the favorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punished, forever.
NCC Answer 28
is it okay to 'not like hell'?
a response to ^
[We can be saved] only by faith in Jesus Christ and his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.
NCC Answer 29
"I seen the Lord, the same I'll never be. Some say they seen the Lord, but go on casually. I don't know what-what they saw, but the Lord ain't what they seen, 'cause once you really see the Lord, you're obsessed with what you see." (KB, Zone Out)
-- Russell Moore's conversion account
Matt Barrett: Faith is not a work
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