Questions About God and Creation:
- Q: Who made you?
- A: God made me.
- Q: What else did God make?
- A: God made all things.
These first two questions of the catechism introduce the most basic and fundamental truth of the Christian faith: God made everything out of nothing. With young children, it’s helpful to point to different objects and ask, “Who made trees?” or “Who made dogs?” Each time they answer, “God did,” they are reinforcing in their minds that God is the creator of all things, including themselves.
- Q: Why did God make you and all things?
- A: For his own glory.
- Q: How can you glorify God?
- A: By loving him and doing what he commands.
- Q: Why should you glorify God?
- A: Because he made me and takes care of me.
The natural tendency of sinners is to view themselves or others like them as the center of the world. Kids are no exception to this rule. That’s why it’s important for us to teach them that they and everything else exists for God. He deserves our praise. He deserves our love and obedience. Remind them that God says that we should do everything for his glory (1 Cor. 10:31).
- Q: How many gods are there?
- A: There is only one true God.
Because we live in an increasingly pluralistic world, we need to constantly reinforce the idea that there is only one TRUE God. We will no doubt encounter people who believe in different gods or no god at all, so we must have this essential teaching of Scripture solidified in our minds. It is helpful to point out the most obvious kinds of false gods with which your kids will be confronted (e.g. Greek mythology or even false God’s mentioned in the Old Testament). Ask them, “Is Zeus (or Baal) a real God?” “No.” “Why?” “Because there is only one true God?”
- Q: In how many persons does this one true God exist?
- A: In three persons.
- Q: Who are they?
- A: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Teaching children about the Trinity at a young age accomplishes two important things for them. First, they learn that God is beyond their (and their parents’) comprehension. All of need to learn that we cannot fully understand God or “figure him out.” The Apostle Paul writes, ““Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’” (Romans 11:33-34).
Second, they learn one of the most important facets of God’s nature that separates him from the false gods of other religions. There is only one God, but he exists eternally as three distinct Persons. One way to help your kids remember what the Trinity teaches is to ask them, “Are there three gods?” “No.” “Is Jesus God?” “Yes.” “Is the Holy Spirit God? “Yes.” And so on.
- Q: Who is God?
- A: God is a Spirit, and does not have a body like us.
- Q: Where is God?
- A: God is everywhere.
- Q: Can you see God?
- A: No, I cannot see God, but he always sees me.
As if the doctrine of the Trinity were not enough to convince us that God is not like us, these three questions establish that he is altogether above us and beyond our understanding. Every child (and adult!) needs to know that though they cannot see God, he is always present. Whether for comfort when the light is turned out at night, or for motivation to obey when mom and dad are not around, knowing that God is there and that he sees us is a helpful truth to remember.
- Q: Does God know all things?
- A: Yes, nothing can be hidden from God.
- Q: Can God do all things?
- A: Yes. God can do all his holy will.
God is absolutely sovereign, which means that he has the authority and the power to do anything that he wants to do. No plans of his can be thwarted and no on can stop him from accomplishing his will. This is a sobering truth for adults and children. When fire burns down your home or when a loved one gets cancer, this truth comforts us by teaching us that even these terrible events are a part of God’s plan. He is working all things for the good of his people (Rom. 8:28), and that includes all the bad things that happen to us.
Questions About the Bible:
- Q: Where do you learn to love and obey God?
- A: Only in the Bible.
- Q: Who wrote the Bible?
- A: Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit.
- Q: Can we trust the Bible?
- A: Yes. The Bible is all-sufficient and without error.
This triad of questions is foundational for Christian theology and for our spiritual growth. Most fundamentally, the Bible teaches us who God is, what he has done, and what he requires of us. If we do not instill confidence and trust in the Bible into our kids, then they will be vulnerable to a thousand different attacks upon their faith.
Many younger children will not understand the word “sufficient.” You can explain that it means that the Bible is “enough” for us. We don’t need another book or new information about God. We need to learn what the Bible says. In addition, we need to believe and be confident that the Bible is always true, always right, and contains no errors.