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What We Believe

10 Commandments

The Summary of the Law

  • We believe that the First Table of the Law (Commandments 1-3) is summed up in the words, “Love God.”
  • We believe that the Second Table of the Law (Commandments 4-10) is summed up in the words, “Love your neighbor.”
  • We believe that the whole summary of the Law is love.
  • We reject the notion that any motivation other than love (such as seeking to gain righteousness by works of the Law) is godly

What questions do you have about the summary of the Law?

1st Commandment

  • We confess that the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the one true God.
  • We confess that He alone is worthy of our devotion, worship, and praise.
  • We confess that devotion to, confession and worship of any other god, creature, or thing is idolatry.
  • We reject idolatry of any kind.*
  • We reject the notion that all religions worship the same God, just in different ways.

What questions do you have about the 1st Commandment?

2nd Commandment

  • We confess that the name of God (as discussed in this Commandment) is any and all ways God has revealed Himself, including His attributes.
  • We confess that our proper use of God’s name is to pray in faith to Him, to show our trust in Him when we speak of Him, to thank Him for His blessings, to praise Him in and out of our worship services, and in any way possible to build and edify others by our use of His name.
  • We reject any careless or useless mention of God in everyday speech.
  • We reject cursing using God’s name, either through blasphemy, false doctrine, or familiar speech.
  • We reject any and all satanic arts, especially those that use God’s name.
  • We reject all lying or deceiving using God’s name.

What questions do you have about the 2nd Commandment?

3rd Commandment

  • We confess that worship is an interaction between our present God and His bride the Church.  It is clearly God’s will that such worship take place.
  • We confess that Christ fulfilled all the Old Testament ceremonial laws and the Sabbath day. He is our Sabbath rest (see Matthew 12:1-8; Colossians 2:6-23; Hebrews 4).
  • We confess that no one day is required for our worship (Christians worship on Sunday because that is the day Christ rose).
  • We confess that devotion to God’s Word is part of this Commandment.
  • We reject the notion that setting aside a time for worship is optional.
  • We reject demanding worship on a particular day
  • We reject any and all despising of God’s Word in public worship or personal devotion.

What questions do you have about the 3rd Commandment?

4th Commandment

  • We confess that God instituted parenthood as an extension and reflection of God’s love for us.
  • We confess that God has given parents in general, and fathers in particular, the task of teaching godliness to their children.  They are accountable to God for this stewardship.
  • We confess that children are to honor and love God by honoring and loving their parents.
  • We confess that this commandment also applies to any and all in authority.
  • We reject the extremes of abusive parenting and overly permissive parenting that does not reflect God’s loving relationship with us.

What questions do you have about the 4th Commandment?

5th Commandment

  • We confess that God alone gives and takes life.
  • We confess that murder in any form is sin.
  • We confess that God gives lawful government the right to take life through capital punishment and just wars.*We reject the practice of abortion.
  • We reject the practice of euthanasia.
  • We reject the practice of infanticide.
  • We reject the practice of suicide.

What questions do you have about the 5th Commandment?

6th Commandment

  • We confess that marriage was instituted by God in Paradise (see Genesis 2:18-24)
  • We confess that marriage is a reflection of the marriage covenant of salvation Christ has with His bride, the Church.
  • We confess that all sins against this and all other Commandments must be dealt with through repentance, not excusing the sin.
  • We reject the practice of adultery (intercourse with someone else while married).
  • We reject the practice of fornication (intercourse outside of marriage).
  • We reject the practice of homosexuality (intercourse with a member of the same sex).

What questions do you have about the 6th Commandment?

7th Commandment

  • We confess that God is the Giver of all things.
  • We confess our thankfulness to God for all He has given us and others.
  • We reject theft of any kind (even if legal in the state).

What questions do you have about the 7th Commandment?

8th Commandment

  • We confess that God’s Word is truth and we are to promote and tell the truth.
  • We confess that some oaths are necessary (marriage, military, legal etc.) and that such oaths are to be made with the greatest sincerity and followed in a serious and godly manner.
  • We confess that our speech about our neighbor ought to be in keeping with the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) and the call of Christ (John 15:12-13).
  • We reject all harmful speech toward our neighbor (gossip, slander, etc.)
  • We reject any false witness, in court or elsewhere, that harms our neighbor or reveals our neighbor’s secrets.

What questions do you have about the 8th Commandment?

9th Commandment

  • We confess our thanks to God for what we have and our thankful respect for what belongs to our neighbor.
  • We reject coveting (sinful desire) of our neighbor’s possessions.

What questions do you have about the 9th Commandment?

10th Commandment

  • We confess our thanks to God for Spouse, children, workers, and all others God has given us and our thankful respect for those He has given our neighbor.
  • We reject coveting our neighbor’s spouse, family, or anyone else God has given him/her.

What questions do you have about the 10th Commandment?

Close of the Commandments

  • We confess that God hates sin but loves sinners
  • We confess that God demands perfect obedience to the Law.
  • We confess that our sins prohibit us from saving ourselves by our works.
  • We confess that the Law is useful to control great outbursts of sin (curb), to convict us of sin (mirror), and to guide us in what to do and not do (guide).
  • We confess that good works are done in faith by God’s power.*We confess that all people are born sinful (original sin).
  • We confess that all people commit sins daily (actual sin)*We reject all teaching and practice of works righteousness.
  • We reject any and all changing or laying aside of God’s Law.

What questions do you have about the Close of the Commandments?

Assignments

Read John 20:19-23;1 John 1:5-2:2

Read Catechism Questions 261-28

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