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This is an excerpt from An Outline Of Faith, commonly called the Catechism, as found in The Book Of Common Prayer.
Q. What is meant by a covenant with God?
= A. A covenant is a relationship initiated by God, to which a body of people
responds in faith.
Q. What is the Old Covenant?
= A. The Old Covenant is the one given by God to the Hebrew
Q. What did God promise them?
= A. God promised that they would be his people to bring all the
nations of the world to him.
Q. What response did God require from the chosen people?
= A. God required the chosen people to be faithful;
to do justice,
to love mercy, and
to walk humbly with their God.
Q. Where is this Old Covenant to be found?
= A. The covenant with the Hebrew people is to found in the books which we call the Old Testament.
Q. Where in the Old Testament is God’s will for us shown most clearly?
= A. God’s will for us is shown most clearly in the Ten Commandments.
Q. What is the New Covenant?
= A. The New Covenant is the new relationship with God given
by Jesus Christ, the Messiah, to the apostles;
and through them, to all who believe in him.
Q. What did the Messiah promise in the New Covenant?
= A. Jesus promised to bring us into the kingdom of God, and
give us life in all its fullness.
Q. What response did Jesus require?
= A. Jesus commanded us to believe in him, and
keep his commandments.
Q. What are the commandments taught by Jesus?
= A. Jesus taught us the Summary of the Law, and
gave us the New Commandment.
Q. What is the Summary of the Law?
- = A. You shall love the Lord your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind.
This is the first, and the great commandment.
And, the second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Q. What is the New Commandment?
= A. The New Commandment is that we love one another as
Jesus loves us.
Q. Where may we find what Christians believe about Jesus?
= A. What Christians believe about Jesus is found in the
Scriptures (the Bible), and summed up in the creeds.
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