Westminster Shorter Catechism, aka Shorter Catechism or Westminster Shorter Catechism of the Presbyterian

Westminster Shorter Catechism, aka Shorter Catechism or Westminster Shorter Catechism of the Presbyterian
1647

English and Scottish Catechism considered by many Protestants to be the grandest doctrinal Statement to come out of the English Reformation

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The tenth commandment forbiddeth all discontentment with our own estate, envying or grieving at the good of our neighbor, and all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his.

The sixth commandment forbiddeth the taking away of our own life, or the life of our neighbour unjustly, or whatsoever tendeth thereunto.

The fifth commandment forbiddeth the neglecting of, or doing anything against, the honour and duty which belongeth to every one in their several places and relations.

Every sin deserveth God's wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come.

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.

In the fifth petition (which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors) we pray, That God... 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.

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.

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.

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.

In the first petition (which is, Hallowed be thy name) we pray, That God would enable us and others to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known, and that he would dispose all things to his own glory.

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.

Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will... with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.

The preface of the Lord's prayer which is, Our Father which art in heaven, teacheth us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us; and that we should pray with and for others.

The ninth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own, or our neighbor's good name.

The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man,and of our own and our neighbor's good name, especially in witness bearing.

The seventh commandment requireth the preservation of our own, and our neighbour's chastity,in heart,speech,and behavior.

The sixth commandment requireth all lawful endeavours to preserve our own life,and the life of others.

The first commandment requireth us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God,and our God, and to worship and glorify him accordingly.

The preface to the ten commandments teacheth us, That because God is the Lord, and our God, and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all his commandments.

God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life,did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.

When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience;1 forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon the pain of death.

God created man male and female, after his own image,in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness,with dominion over the creatures.

God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

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.

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English and Scottish Catechism considered by many Protestants to be the grandest doctrinal Statement to come out of the English Reformation