Q42: How Is the Word of God to Be Read and Heard?

New City Catechism: Question 42


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 Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, answers the question, "How is the Word of God to be read and heard?”


2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

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 forty-two with the following answer: with diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.


Kevin said God inspired every word of Scripture. Therefore, we should come to the Bible with reverence, ready to hear from God. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
Log In to Continue


We should prioritize the reading of Scripture in daily life because it is God’s inspired Word to us. Our love for God and His Word will grow as we study, obey, and treasure the Bible.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
Log In to Continue

Read through 2 Timothy 3:16–17. Take a moment to reflect on what it means to read God’s Word. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the ways you can hear or read Scripture, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
Log In to Continue


The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize 2 Timothy 3:16–17. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through His Word.



 To learn more about New City Catechism or to download the app, click here