Q9: What Does God Require in the First, Second, and Third Commandments?

New City Catechism: Question 9


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 John Lin, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Downtown Congregation in New York City, answers the question, "What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?”


Deuteronomy 6:13-14 (ESV)

13It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.14You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you—

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 nine with the following answer: first, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.


John pointed out the first three commandments deal with our perception and treatment of God. He must be our only God, and we must revere Him by not turning to idols and honoring His name. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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God designed us with a deep desire for Him. If we meet this need with people or things, we worship an idol instead of God. Instead, we should honor Him, worship Him, and obey Him.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Deuteronomy 6:13–14 Take a moment to reflect on what it means for you to obey the first three commandments. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of the three commandments, 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 Deuteronomy 6:13–14. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you follow the first three commandments.



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