Q1: What is Our Only Hope in Life and Death?

New City Catechism: Question 1


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Tim Keller, Founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, answers the question, "What is our only hope in life and death?” 


Romans 14:7-8 (ESV)

7For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.8For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question one with the following answer: that we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.  

Tim said the basic principle of Christianity is that we serve God, not ourselves. We belong to God and everything we do flows from that foundational belief. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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When we recognize that we are not our own, it changes the way we live our lives. We give everything we have—our lives, jobs, family, friends, emotions, fears, dreams—to God. We also trust Him to control and guide our lives. 

Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Romans 14:7–8. Take a moment to reflect on what it means for you to belong to God. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of belonging to God, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Romans 14:7–8. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through the truth that you belong to God. 



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