Catechism Grade 4
Catechism Lessons for 4th Grade
Dates listed are the dates which memory work is recited.
Question 1: What is thy only comfort in life and death?
Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
Question 2: How many things are necessary for thee to know, that thou, enjoying this comfort, mayest live and die happily?
Answer: Three; the first, how great my miseries are; the second, how I may be delivered from my miseries; the third, how I shall express my gratitude to God for such deliverance.
Question 3: Whence knowest thou thy misery?
Answer: Out of the law of God.
Question 4: What does the law of God require of us?
Answer: Christ teaches us that briefly, Matt. 22:37-40,
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.”
Question 5: Canst thou keep all these things perfectly?
Answer: No, for I am prone by nature to hate God and my neighbor.
Question 6: Did God then create man so wicked and perverse?
Answer: No, but God created man good, and after His own image.
Question 7: Whence then proceeds this depravity of human nature?
Answer: From the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve.
Question 8: Are we then so corrupt that we are wholly incapable of doing any good, and inclined to all wickedness?
Answer: Indeed we are; except we are regenerated by the Spirit of God.
Question 9: Does not God then do injustice to man, by requiring from him in His law, that which he cannot perform?
Answer: No, for God made man capable of performing it; but man deprived himself of those divine gifts.
Question 10: Will God suffer such disobedience and rebellion to go unpunished?
Answer: No, but God will punish them as He has declared,
“Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things, which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
Question 11: Is not God then also merciful?
Answer: God is indeed merciful, but His justice requires, that sin be punished with everlasting punishment.
Question 12: Since then, by the righteous judgment of God, we deserve temporal and eternal punishment, is there no way by which we may escape that punishment, and be again received into favor?
Answer: God will have his justice satisfied: and therefore we must make this full satisfaction, either by ourselves, or by another.
Question 13: Can we ourselves then make this satisfaction?
Answer: No, we daily increase our debt.
Question 14: Can there be found anywhere, one, who is a mere creature, able to satisfy for us?
Answer: No, for no mere creature can sustain the burden of God's eternal wrath.
Question 15: What sort of a mediator and deliverer then must we seek for?
Answer: For one who is very man and also very God.
Question 16: Why must He be very man, and also perfectly righteous?
Answer: Because the justice of God requires that one, who is himself a sinner, cannot satisfy for others.
Question 17: Why must He in one person be also very God?
Answer: That He might sustain the burden of God's wrath.
Question 18: Who then is that Mediator, who is in one person both very God, and a real righteous man?
Answer: Our Lord Jesus Christ: “Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”
Question 19: Whence knowest thou this?
Answer: From the holy gospel.
Question 20: Are all men then, as they perished in Adam, saved by Christ?
Answer: No, only those who are engrafted into Him by a true faith.
Question 21: What is true faith?
Answer: True faith is an assured confidence that remission of sin is freely given by God, merely of grace, only for the sake of Christ's merits.
December 2: Lord's Supper
Question 22: What is then necessary for a Christian to believe?
Answer: All things which the articles of our Christian faith teach us.
Question 23: What are these articles?
Answer: These are the twelve articles of our faith which we call the Apostles Creed.
December 16: Christmas Program Practice
December 23: Christmas Program Practice
December 30: Christmas/New Year's Break
REMEMBER - dates listed are the dates which memory work is recited.
Psalter of the Month 2018-2019
September - 14:1-3
October - 24:1-3
November - 42:1-2
December - Christmas program songs
January - 126:1, 3, 5
February - 195:1-4
March - 218:1, 6
April - 232:1-3
May - 420:1, 5