The idea of imparting a body of truth (rudiments of the faith) is found repeatedly in scripture under many different terms and descriptions. We are not given a complete catechism or confession in the Bible. That is because we are to write our own according to the needs of the day. They must refute new heresies as they arise. Our Lord has called us to catechise in His church… to teach disciples the basics of the faith. Make the most of this instruction: memorise your Catechism, listen to the messages, and pray for the Spirit to work.
WSC Q107: The Conclusion of the Lord's Prayer
Q. 107 What doth the conclusion of the Lord's Prayer teach us?A. The conclusion of the Lord's Prayer (which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen) teacheth us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, and in our prayers to praise Him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to Him. And in testimony of our desire and assurance to be heard, we say, Amen.Today we come to the last question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism. In the last part of the Catechism, we have been looking at the means of grace— Most recently, we have been studying about prayer, and in particular looking at the Lord's Prayer where Jesus taught us the things we need to pray for. Today we come to the conclusion of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:13).
WSC Q106: And Lead Us Not into Temptation
Q. 106 What do we pray for in the sixth petition?A. In the sixth petition, (which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil) we pray, that God would either keep us from being tempted to sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted.As those who are in Christ, we do not want to be drawn away from the Lord. We love Him. From Him we have new life. We do not want anything to disrupt our communion with Him. That is why we pray that God will not lead us into temptation. In this prayer, we recognise that we are totally in God's hands for deliverance.
WSC Q105: Forgive Us Our Debts
Q. 105 What do we pray for in the fifth petition?A. In the fifth petition, (which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors) we pray, that God, for Christ's sake, would freely pardon all our sins; which we are the rather encouraged to ask, because by His grace we are enabled from the heart to forgive others.Forgiveness is letting go of wrongs that have been done to you. You all know about this. God describes forgiveness as not holding our sins against us in His word.
WSC Q104: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
Q. 104 What do we pray for in the fourth petition?A. In the fourth petition, (which is, Give us this day our daily bread,) we pray, that of God's free gift we may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and enjoy His blessing with them.You will notice a change that comes with the fourth petition from the use of the word "Your" to the use of the word "our." Here we begin to pray for our own needs. This shows that prayer for the things due to God comes first, for our needs, second. It is the same emphasis that we find in the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments concern our duty to God and the last six our duty to each other. But though it comes second, we are to pray for our needs.
WSC Q103: Your Will Be Done
Q. 103 What do we pray for in the third petition?A. In the third petition (which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven) we pray, That God, by His grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to His will in all things, as the angels do in heaven.As with last week, my text for this sermon is simply the words in Matthew 6:10, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
WSC Q102: Your Kingdom Come
Q. 102 What do we pray for in the second petition?A. In the second petition (which is Thy Kingdom come) we pray, that Satan's kingdom may be destroyed; and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened.As we consider what it means to pray for God's kingdom to come, we will begin with a foundational question: What is the Kingdom of God?
WSC sermon messages
These are by far the best I’ve heard. Rev. Shearouse takes his time repeating them and he seems to really enjoy explaining them with every message. Truly heartwarming and these can be used for young and old alike! Thank you so much.
Excellent sound teaching
A must listen for any and every Christian to understand sound doctrine.