Friday, May 29, 2009

What Is the Chief End of Man?

Alan, Clayton and I went with Jesse and Amy tonight to church. Jesse was preaching at a youth meeting in N. Wilkesboro at Goshen Baptist Church. My what a message he preached, I got to hear it all because Clayton was so tired of loafing with Poppa and Gram that he slept through the whole message.

Jesse preached out of Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 about ones youth. How not to waste ones youth and live it for the Lord. Rejoicing in the Lord, Remembering what He has done and Removing what distracts you from the Lord. He made a statement that interested me and I had to come home and learn a little more about it. "Outside of the Bible the first question to the Westminster Cathechism is the most important statement there is". I came home and got on the internet and this is what I found out.

The Westminster Catechism was written in the 1640s by English and Scottish divines.The purpose of the Catechism is to educate lay persons in matters of doctrine and belief. The WSC (Westminster Shorter Catechism) is in a simple question and answer format to help memorization. Typically, the parents and the church would use the shorter catechism to train their children in the ways of the Lord. New converts are also given the WSC. It consists of 107 questions. The first 12 questions concern God as Creator. Questions 13-20 deal with original sin and the fallen state of man's nature. Questions 21-38 concern Christ the Redeemer and the benefits that flow from redemption. The next set of questions, 39-84, discuss the ten commandments. Questions 85-97 teach concerning the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. The final set of questions 98-107 teach and explain the Lord's prayer. Some denominations still use them for their standards today.

1. What is the chief end of man?
Man's chief end is to glorify God,(a)and to enjoy him for ever.(b)

(a) Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
(b) Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4

Look up these scriptures and study on them to enrich your walk with the Lord and learn a little more of what our duties are as a Child of God. Thank You Son for challenging me so I would dig in Gods word and learn a little more about HIM and myself.

It's ALL About HIM


Mrs. Hinson said...

We do these with our boys. It is precious to hear Camdyn say "to know God and to enjoy Him forever!" when we ask him what the chief end of man is. I'm sure Jesse's message was very helpful to those there.