Q4: How and Why Did God Create Us?

New City Catechism: Question 4


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 Piper, the Founder and Teacher of desiringGod.org, answers the question, "How and why did God create us?” 


Genesis 1:27 (ESV)

27So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

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 four with the following answer: God created us male and female in His own image to know Him, love Him, live with Him, and glorify Him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to His glory.


John said we exist to show God’s existence and glory to the world because He made us in His image. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
Log In to Continue


We glorify God to each other in community. Since we each bear God’s image, when we commune together, we show each other different attributes of God and therefore glorify Him.


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

Read through Genesis 1:27. Take a moment to reflect on what it means to be created in God’s image. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of bearing God's image, 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 Genesis 1:27. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through the truth that God created you in His image.



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