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THE

CHURCH CATECHISM,

BROKEN INTO

MORE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

BY THE

REV. CHARLES GIRDLESTONE, A.M.

VICAR OF SEDGLEY, STAFFORDSHIRE.

OXFORD,

PRINTED BY W. BAXTER, FOR J. PARKER; AND C. J. G. AND F. RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND WATERLOO PLACL, LONDON,

1831.

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This tract has been drawn up for the use of children who already know by rote the Church Catechism. The object of the Editor has been to inform the understanding, as well as exercise the memory, and engage the attention of the scholars. These uses are indeed ascribed to the Church Catechism broken into short questions." But the questions in that work are so long, and the answers so short and often so unsatisfactory, that many persons engaged in the education of the young have found it little suited for their purpose. Some of these objections it is hoped have been obviated in the following pages. The references by figure have been substituted for the glossary of the work mentioned above, and the prayers onitted as having no immediate connexion with the Catechism.

THE

CHURCH CATECHISM

BROKEN INTO

MORE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

I. What is

your

name?

[Here repeat your Christian name, which may be written above.] 1. Which of your names do you call this?

My Christian name. 2. What do you mean by Christian?

Of, or belonging to, Christ. II. Who gave you this name?

My godfathers and godmothers in my baptism, wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven. \. By whom was this name given you ?

By my godfathers and godmothers. 2. Who were they?

Friends who answered to God for me. 3. When was this name given you ?

In my baptism, when I was christened. 4. What were you then made ?

A member of Christ, that is of His body, the Church. 5. What else were you then made ?

The child of God, my Father which is in heaven. 6 What further were you then made ?

An inheritor of the kingdom of heaven. 7. What is being an inheritor ?

To have a right by birth. 8. What is the kingdom of heaven?

Holiness and happiness here and hereafter. 9. How are you made an inheritor of it?

By my new birth unto righteousness in Christ Jesus.

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name,

III. What did your godfathers and godmothers

then for you? They did promise and vow three things in my

First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh. Secondly, that I should believe all the articles of the Christian faith. And, Thirdly, that I should keep God's holy will and commandments, and walk in the same all the days of my life. 1. What is to vow ?

It is promising to Almighty God. 2. What is promising in your name?

It is making a promise for me to keep. 3. What did they promise first?

That I should renounce the devil and all his works. 4. What works are these?

All wickedness that the devil tempts me to do. 5. Who is this that tempts you ?

Satan, the evil spirit, the enemy of souls. 6. What is to renounce him?

It is hating and resisting him. 7. What else did they promise for you first?

That I should renounce the pomps and vanity of

this wicked world. 8. Why is the world called wicked ?

Because it is full of all manner of sin. 9. What are its pomps and vanity ?

All things in it that make much shew, but do no good. 10. What further did they first promise you should re

nounce ? (111. 6.]

All the sinful lusts of the flesh. 11. What are these?

All ill temper, evil thoughts, and corrupt desires. 12. What, secondly, did your godfathers and godmothers

(11. 2.) promise and vow (111. 1.] in your name
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That I should believe all the articles of the
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13. What is the Christian faith?

It is the will of God set forth by Christ for men to

believe. 14. What are all the articles of it?

All the chief things contained in the Gospel. 15. What is to believe?

To be sure of what we cannot see, because God

hath told us. 16. What, thirdly, did they promise and vow in your

name?
That I should keep God's holy will and com-

mandments.
17. What are these ?

All things He would have me do. 18. What is keeping them ?

Doing them without fail. 19. What else did they promise thirdly?

That I should walk in the same all the days of

my life.

20. What is walking in them?

Getting forward in them, without stopping. 21. How long are you to be doing this?

All the while I am alive, till I die. IV. Do you not think that you are bound to believe

and to do as they have promised for you? Yes, verily; and, by God's help, so I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that He hath called me to this state of salvation through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray unto God to give me His grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's end. 1. Why were these things promised for you

Because I was too young to promise for myself. 2. Are you bound by these promises ?

Yes, verily, that is in truth, I am bound. 3. To what are you bound ?

To believe and to do all these things. 4. Can you do so by yourself?

No, but by God's help, that is grace, I will.

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