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The following is taken from the Catechism of the Episcopal Church, this is in the Book of Common Prayer on Page 845.

God the Father

 

Q.     What do we learn about God as creator from the revelation to Israel?

A.     We learn that there is one God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

Q.     What does this mean?

A.     This means that the universe is good, that it is the work of a single loving God who creates, sustains, and directs it.

 

Q.     What does this mean about our place in the universe?

A.     It means that the world belongs to its creator; and that we are called to enjoy it and to care for it in accordance with God’s purposes.

 

Q.     What does this mean about human life?

A.     It means that all people are worthy of respect and honor, because all are created in the image of God, and all can respond to the love of God.

 

Q.     How was this revelation handed down to us?

A.     This revelation was handed down to us through a community created by a covenant with God.

 

God the Son

 

Q.     What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the only Son of God?

A.     We mean that Jesus is the only perfect image of the Father, and shows us the nature of God.

 

Q.     What is the nature of God revealed in Jesus?

A.     God is love.

 

Q.     What do we mean when we say that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and became incarnate from the Virgin Mary?

A.     We mean that by God’s own act, his divine Son received our human nature from the Virgin Mary, his mother. 

 

Q.     Why did he take our human nature?

A.     The divine Son became human, so that in him human beings might be adopted as children of God, and be made heirs of God’s kingdom.

 

Q.     What is the great importance of Jesus’ suffering and death?

A.     By his obedience, even to suffering and death, Jesus made the offering which we could not make; in him we are freed from the power of sin and reconciled to God.

 

Q.     What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection?

A.     By his resurrection, Jesus overcame death and opened for us the way of eternal life.

 

Q.     What do we mean when we say that he descended to the dead?

A.     We mean that he went to the departed and offered them also the benefits of redemption.

 

Q.     What do we mean when we say that he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father?

A.     We mean that Jesus took our human nature into heaven where he now reigns with the Father and intercedes for us.

 

Q.     How can we share in his victory over sin, suffering, and death?

A.     We share in his victory when we are baptized into the New Covenant and become living members of Christ.

The Holy Spirit

 

Q.     Who is the Holy Spirit?

A.     The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, God at work in the world and in the Church even now.

 

Q.     How is the Holy Spirit revealed in the Old Covenant?

A.     The Holy Spirit is revealed in the Old Covenant as the giver of life, the One who spoke through the prophets.

 

Q.     How is the Holy Spirit revealed in the New Covenant?

A.     The Holy Spirit is revealed as the Lord who leads us into all truth and enables us to grow in the likeness of Christ.

 

Q.     How do we recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives?

A.     We recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit when we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and are brought into love and harmony with God, with ourselves, with our neighbors, and with all creation.

 

Q.     How do we recognize the truths taught by the Holy Spirit?

A.     We recognize truths to be taught by the Holy Spirit when they are in accord with the Scriptures.

 

 

The Holy Scriptures

 

Q.     What are the Holy Scriptures?

A.     The Holy Scriptures, commonly called the Bible, are the books of the Old and New Testaments; other books, called the Apocrypha, are often included in the Bible.

 

Q.     What is the Old Testament?

A.     The Old Testament consists of books written by the people of the Old Covenant, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to show God at work in nature and history.

 

Q.     What is the New Testament?

A.     The New Testament consists of books written by the people of the New Covenant, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to set forth the life and teachings of Jesus and to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom for all people.

 

Q.     What is the Apocrypha?

A.     The Apocrypha is a collection of additional books written by people of the Old Covenant, and used in the Christian Church.

 

Q.     Why do we call the Holy Scriptures the Word of God?

A.     We call them the Word of God because God inspired their human authors and because God still speaks to us through the Bible.

 

Q.     How do we understand the meaning of the Bible?

A.     We understand the meaning of the Bible by the help of 

 

the Holy Spirit, who guides the Church in the true interpretation of the Scriptures.