Q7: What Does the Law of God Require?

New City Catechism: Question 7

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 Juan Sanchez, Senior Pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, answers the question, "What does the Law of God require?

Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV)

37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.38This is the great and first commandment.39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

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 seven with the following answer: personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.

Juan said God’s Law requires perfect obedience, rooted in love for God. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Through Christ, we can obey God’s commands. Our obedience flows from our love for God who saved us from sin and death. 

Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Matthew 22:37–40. Take a moment to reflect on what it means to obey the Law. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of the Law, 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 Matthew 22:37–40. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you reflect on the Law.

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