- Who is God’s holy and chosen people?
The Church of Jesus Christ is God’s chosen people, and is made up of all true Christians.
(Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Corinthians 1:2)
- What does it mean that the Church was chosen in Jesus Christ?
The Church was chosen in Jesus Christ: this means that we have not been adopted as God’s children because of our good works but because God has accepted the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
- How did we come to share in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ?
We enter into Christ and share in His redeeming work on our behalf by trusting that His atoning sacrifice alone covers all of our sins and reconciles us to God; this is saving faith.
(Romans 5:1-2, Ephesians 2:8-9)
- Can someone be reconciled to God without repentance?
A person must out of a true sense of their sin, with grief and hatred towards it, turn from sin to God, and pursue an obedient life; without this repentance they cannot be reconciled to God because those who live in rebellion to God cannot fellowship with Him.
(Luke 13:1-5, Luke 24:46-47)
- How did God deliver us out of darkness?
God delivered us out of darkness and bondage to sin by converting our hearts through grace; God, by prevenient grace, led us to genuine repentance and saving faith.
(1 Thessalonians 1:4-9, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)
- How does God sanctify the Church?
God sanctifies the Church by writing His eternal and holy law on our hearts by the Holy Spirit; our hearts are purified through the renewing power of the Holy Spirit.
(Titus 3:5-6, Ezekiel 36:25-27)
- What has God promised His people?
God has promised to resurrect us from the dead and give us eternal life, and to faithfully guard us and bring us into that life.
(John 6:40, John 10:28-29)
- What condition does God put on the promise of eternal life?
God promises to give us eternal life if we hold our original faith firm until the end.
(1 Peter 1:5, Hebrews 3:14, Matthew 24:13)
- Can someone who has saving faith consciously live in habitual sin?
Saving faith always leads to a lifestyle of obedience; faith that does not produce habitual obedience is not saving faith.
(1 John 2:3-4, 1 John 3:4-10)