A Catechism as used by The Church in the Province of The West Indies
    Human Nature
  1. What are we by nature?

    We are part of God's creation, made in the image of God.

  2. What does it mean to be created in the image of God?

    It means that we are free to make choices: to love, to create, to reason, and to live in harmony with creation and with God.

  3. Why then do we live apart from God and out of harmony with creation?

    From the beginning, humans have misused their freedom and made wrong choices.

  4. Why do we not use our freedom as we should?

    Because we rebel against God, and we put ourselves on the place of God.

  5. What help is there for us?

    Our help is in God.

  6. How did God first help us?

    God first helped us by revealing himself and his will, through nature and history, through many seers and saints, and especially through the prophets of Israel.

  7. God The Father
  8. What do we learn about God as creator from the revelation to Israel?

    We learn that there is one God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

  9. What does this mean?

    It means that the universe is good, that it is the work of a single loving God who creates, sustains and directs it.

  10. What does this mean about our place in the universe?

    It means that the world belongs to its creator; and that we are called to enjoy it and care for it in accordance with God's purposes.

  11. What does this mean about human life?

    It means that all people are worthy of respect and honour, because all are created in the image of God, and all can respond to the love of God.

  12. How was this revelation handed down to us?

    This revelation was handed down to us through a community created by a covenant with God.

  13. The Old Covenant
  14. What is meant by a covenant with God?

    A covenant is a relationship initiated by God, to which a body of people responds in faith.

  15. What is the Old Covenant?

    The old Covenant is the one given by God to the Hebrew people.

  16. What did God promise them?

    God promised that they would be his people to bring all the nations of the world to him.

  17. What response did God require from the chosen people?

    God required the chosen people to be faithful; to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their God.

  18. Where is this old Covenant to be found?

    The covenant with the Hebrew people is to be found in the books which we call the Old Testament.

  19. Where in the Old Testament is God's will for us shown most clearly?

    God's will for us is shown most clearly in the Ten Commandments.

  20. The Ten Commandments
  21. What are the Ten Commandments?

    The Ten Commandments are the laws given to Moses and the people of Israel.

  22. Recite the Ten Commandments.

    1. You shall have no other gods before me.

    2. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

    3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

    4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

    5. Honour your father and your mother.

    6. You shall not kill.

    7. You shall not commit adultery.

    8. You shall not steal.

    9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

    10. You shall not covet.

  23. What do we learn from these commandments?

    We learn two things: our duty to God, and our duty to our neighbours.

  24. What is our duty to God?

    Our duty is to believe and trust in God and to love God with all our hearts.

    1. To worship and obey only God;

    2. To put nothing in the place of God;

    3. To show reverence for God in thought, word, and deed;

    4. And to set aside regular times for worship, prayer and the study of God's words and ways.

  25. What is our duty to our neighbours?

    1. To love, honour, and help our parents and family; to honour those in authority;

    2. To show respect for the life God has given us; to work and pray for justice and peace; to bear no malice, prejudice or hatred in our hearts; and to strive for a just and proper use of God's creation;

    3. To respect God and our neighbour in our sexual behaviour;

    4. To be honest and fair in our dealings; to seek justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all people; and to use God's gifts of our talents and possessions as persons who must answer for them to God;

    5. To speak the truth, and not to mislead others by our silence;

    6. To resist temptations to envy, greed, and jealousy; to rejoice in other people's gifts and talents; and to do our duty for the love of God, who has called us into fellowship with Him.

  26. What is the purpose of the Ten Commandments?

    The Ten Commandments were given to define our relationship with God and our neighbours.

  27. If we fail to obey them, are they still useful to us?

    They are still useful to us, because our awareness of failure should help us to see more clearly our sin and our need for redemption.

  28. Sin and Redemption
  29. What is sin?

    Sin is our refusal or failure to do God's will, either by disobedience or by omission. In these ways we dlstort our relationship with God, with ourself, with other people and with all creation.

  30. How does sin have power over us?

    Sin lessens our freedom to choose God's will, reinforces our desire to do evil, and frustrates our growth toward wholeness.

  31. Can we be saved from the power of sin?

    We are saved from the power of sin by God’s redemption.

  32. What is redemption?

    Redemption is the act of God which sets us free from the power of evil, sin, and death.

  33. How did God prepare us for redemption?

    God sent the prophets to call us back to himself, to show us our need for redemption, and to announce the coming of the Messiah.

  34. What is meant by the Messiah?

    The Messiah is one who is sent by God to free us from the power of sin, so that with the help of God we may live in harmony with God, within ourselves, with our neighbours, and with all creation.

  35. Who do we believe is the Messiah?

    The Messiah, or Christ, is Jesus of Nazareth, the only begotten Son of God.

  36. God the Son
  37. What do we mean when we say that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God?

    We mean that Jesus is the only perfect image of the Father, and shows us the nature of God.

  38. What is the nature of God revealed in Jesus?

    God is love.

  39. What do we mean when we say that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and became incarnate from the Virgin Mary?

    We mean that by God's own act, his divine Son received our human nature from the Virgin Mary, his mother.

  40. Why did he take human form and being?

    The divine Son became human, so that in Him human beings might be adopted as children of God, and be made heirs of God's kingdom.

  41. What is the great importance of Jesus' suffering and death?

    By his obedience, even to suffering and death, Jesus made a perfect offering of humanity to God. In Him we are freed from the power of sin and reconciled to God.

  42. What is the significance of Jesus' resurrection?

    By his resurrection, Jesus overcame death and opened for us the way of eternal life.

  43. What do we mean when we say that He descended to the dead?

    We mean that He went to the departed and offered them also the benefits of redemption.

  44. What do we mean when we say that he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the father?

    We mean that Jesus took our human nature into heaven where He now reigns with the Father and intercedes for us.

  45. How can we share in His victory over sin, suffering and death?

    We share in his victory when we are baptised into the New Covenant and become living members of Christ.

  46. The New Covenant
  47. What is the New Covenant?

    The New Covenant is the new relationship with God given in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, to the Apostles; and to all who believe in Him.

  48. What did the Messiah promise in the New Covenant?

    Christ promised to bring us into the kingdom of God and give us life in all its fullness.

  49. What response did Christ require?

    Christ requires us to believe in Him, to love Him, to repent and keep His commandments.

  50. What are the commandments taught by Christ?

    Christ taught us the Summary of the Law and gave us the New Commandment.

  51. What is the Summary of the Law?

    You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and the great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

  52. What is the New Commandment?

    The new Commandment is that we love one another as Christ loved us.

  53. Where may we find what Christians believe about Christ?

    What Christians believe about Christ is found in the Scriptures and summed up in the creeds.

  54. The Creeds
  55. What are the Creeds?

    The creeds are statements of our basic beliefs about God.

  56. How many creeds does the Church in the Province of the West Indies use in its worship?

    This church uses two creeds: The Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. A third Creed called the Athanasian Creed is occasionally used in some Churches.

  57. What is the Apostles' Creed?

    The Apostles' Creed is the ancient creed of baptism; it is used in the church's daily worship to recall our baptism covenant.

  58. Recite the Apostles' Creed.

  59. I believe in God, the Father Almighty
    creator of heaven and earth.
    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
    and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate
    was crucified, died and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into Heaven and is seated
    at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge
    the living and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Spirit
    the holy catholic Church
    the communion of saints
    the forgiveness of sins
    the resurrection of the body
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

  60. What is the Nicene Creed?

    The Nicene Creed is the creed of the universal church and is used at the Eucharist.

  61. What, then, is the Athanasian Creed?

    The Athanasian Creed is an ancient statement proclaiming the nature of the Incarnation and of God as Trinity.

  62. What do we mean by speaking as God as Trinity?

    We mean that we believe in one God, revealed and experienced as Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

  63. God the Holy Spirit
  64. Who is the Holy Spirit?

    The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, God at work in the world and in the church even now.

  65. How is the Holy Spirit revealed in the Old Covenant?

    The Holy Spirit is revealed in the Old Covenant as the giver of life, the One who spoke through the prophets, raised up leaders in the time of crisis and empowered them for service.

  66. How is the Holy Spirit revealed in the New Covenant?

    The Holy Spirit is revealed as the Lord who leads us into all truth and enables us to grow in the likeness of Christ.

  67. How do we recognise the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives?

    We recognise the presence of the Holy Spirit when we confess Jesus Christ as Lord and are brought into love and harmony with God, with ourselves, with our neighbours, and with all creation.

  68. How do we recognise the truths taught by the Holy Spirit?

    We recognise truths taught when they express the mind and will of Christ as witnessed by the Scriptures.

  69. The Holy Scriptures
  70. What are the Holy Scriptures?

    The Holy Scriptures, commonly called the Bible, are the books of the Old and New Testaments; other books, called the Apocrypha, are often included in the Bible.

  71. What is the Old Testament?

    The Old Testament consists of books written by the people of the Old Covenant, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to show God at work in nature and history.

  72. What is the New Testament?

    The New Testament consists of books written by the people of the new Covenant, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to set forth the life and teachings of Jesus and to proclaim the good news of the kingdom for all people.

  73. What is the Apocrypha?

    The Apocrypha is a collection of additional books written by the people of the Old Covenant and read in church “for example of life and instruction of manners”, but not used to establish doctrine.

  74. Why do we call the Holy Scriptures the word of God?

    We call them the word of God because God inspired their human authors. The Holy Scriptures witness to Jesus Christ as the Incarnate Word. God still speaks to us through the Bible.

  75. How do we understand the meaning of the Bible?

    We understand the meaning of the Bible by the help of the Holy Spirit, who guides the Church in the true interpretation of the Scriptures.

  76. The Church
  77. What is the Church?

    The Church is the community of the New Covenant.

  78. How is the Church described in the Bible?

    The Church is described as the Body of Christ of which all baptised persons are members. It is called the people of God, the new Israel, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, and the pillar and ground of truth.

  79. How is the Church described in the creeds?

    The Church is described as one, holy, catholic and apostolic.

  80. Why is the Church described as one?

    The Church is one, because it is one Body, united and indwelt by one Spirit, under one Head, our Lord Jesus Christ.

  81. Why is the Church described as Holy?

    The church is holy, because the Holy Spirit dwells in it, consecrates its members, and guides them to do God's work.

  82. Why is the Church described as catholic?

    The Church is catholic, because it proclaims the whole faith to all people, to the end of time. The word ‘catholic’ means whole and universal.

  83. Why is the Church described as apostolic?

    The Church is apostolic, because it continues in the teaching and fellowship of the apostles and is sent to carry out Christ's mission to all people.

  84. What is the Anglican Communion?

    The Anglican Communion is a family of churches within the universal Church of Christ, maintaining apostolic doctrine and order and in full communion with one another and with the See of Canterbury.

  85. What is the Church of the Province of the West Indies?

    The Church of the Province of the West Indies is a self-governing Province of the Anglican Communion. It proclaims and holds fast the doctrine of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

  86. What is the mission of the Church?

    The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and with each other in Christ.

  87. How does the Church pursue its mission?

    The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the gospel, and promotes justice, peace and love, and by its own transformation into the likeness of Christ, proclaims His transforming presene.

  88. Through whom does the Church carry out its mission?

    The Church carries out its mission through the various ministries of all its members.

  89. The Ministry
  90. Who are the ministers of the Church?

    The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons.

  91. What is the ministry of the laity?

    The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and according to the gifts given to them, to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

  92. What is the ministry of a bishop?

    The ministry of a bishop is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as apostle, chief priest and pastor of a diocese; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the whole Church; to proclaim the word of God; to act in Christ's name for reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to ordain others to continue Christ's ministry.

  93. What is the ministry of a priest or presbyter?

    The ministry of a priest if to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as pastor to the people; to share with the bishop in overseeing of the Church; to proclaim the gospel; to administer the sacrament; and to bless and declare pardon in the name of God.

  94. What is the ministry of a deacon?

    The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the gospel and the administration of the sacraments.

  95. What is the duty of all Christians?

    The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to deepen our relationship with Him by coming together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray and to give for the spread of the kingdom of God.

    God the Father calls all His people to witness to the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring others to a knowledge of Him.

    The Church in the Province of the West Indies, responding to this call, challenges every baptized and confirmed member to share in God's mission to the world by:

    • coming to God in personal prayer every day;

    • reading and meditating on the Holy Scriptures daily;

    • receiving Holy Communion frequently and in expectant faith and love;

    • following the example of Jesus in daily life, guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit;

    • speaking about Jesus openly, as the Lord whom you know and experience;

    • working for justice and reconciliation in society;

    • upholding Christian standards in marriage and family;

    • bringing up children to love and serve the Lord;

    • giving money in support for God's work, bearing in mind the claims of tithing as an expression of gratitude for and dedication of our material possessions to God and his service;

    • giving personal service to the Church and to our neighbour;

    • letting our life be marked with self-denial and simplicity and be permeated by love of God and our fellow human beings.

  96. Christian Stewardship
  97. What is Christian Stewardship?

    Christian Stewardship is the Christian's response of love and thankfulness to the redemptive love of God in Jesus Christ.

  98. How is that response expressed in Christian Stewardship?

    The response is expressed in four ways:

    1. by a life committed to the worship of God, and to the study of His will for us as this is revealed in the Holy Scriptures;

    2. by giving of our time and talents to expressing the love of God through service to our fellow human beings;

    3. by a responsible use of the earth and the rest of creation, so that neither human nor animal life is endangered;

    4. by using our money and other material possessions prudently in providing for our families, and in promoting the Church's ministry to the world.

  99. How do we practice Christian Stewardship?

    We practice Christian Stewardship by participating as fully as possible in the programme of worship and service in our parish.

  100. Why should we participate fully in the programme of our parish?

    We should participate fully because it is only by so doing that we shall respond to God as we ought, express real commitment to Him, and inspire others to give themselves in service to God.

  101. Prayer and Worship
  102. What forms of worship are available to the Christian?

    Two forms of worship are available to the Christian: Personal worship or private prayer, and corporate worship or common prayer.

  103. What is prayer?

    Prayer is responding to God, by thought, by feeling and by deeds, with or without words.

  104. What is Christian prayer?

    Christian prayer is relating to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

  105. What prayer did Christ teach us?

    Our Lord gave us the example of prayer known as the Lord's Prayer.

  106. Recite the Lord's Prayer.

    Our Father in heaven
    hallowed be your Name
    your kingdom come
    your work be done on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins
    as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial
    and deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and
    the glory are your, now and forever. Amen.

  107. What are the principal acts of prayer?

    The principal acts of prayer are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, petition, meditation and contemplation.

  108. What is adoration?

    Adoration is the lifting up of the heart and mind to God, asking nothing but to enjoy God's presence.

  109. Why do we praise God?

    We praise God, not to obtain anything, but because God's Being (what He is in Himself) and God’s actions (what He does) draws praise from us.

  110. For what do we offer thanksgiving?

    Thanksgiving is offered to God for all the blessings of this life, for our redemption, and for whatever draws us closer to God.

  111. What is penitence?

    In penitence, we confess our sins and make restitution where possible, asking forgiveness with the intention to amend our lives.

  112. What is prayer of oblation?

    Oblation is an offering of ourselves, our lives and work, in union with Christ.

  113. What are intercessions and petition?

    Intercession brings before God the needs of others; in petition we present our own needs, that God's will may be done.

  114. What is meditation?

    Meditation is a form of prayer in which, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we focus our minds on a portion of Scripture,or some truth or experience, ponder it in our hearts and resolve to give expression in our lives to what we have learned

  115. What is contemplation?

    Contemplation is a form of prayer in which we keep our hearts and minds still and attentive to God, allowing him to work in us as he will through the indwelling Spirit.

  116. What is corporate worship?

    As in private worship the individual relates to God the Father through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit; so in corporate worship the Christian community united bythe Spirit, acknowledges the holiness of God, hears His word, offers prayer and celebrates the sacraments as one body

  117. Fasting
  118. What is fasting?

    Fasting is a voluntary act of denying oneself food, pleasure or legitimate needs for a certain length of time..

  119. Why do Christians fast?

    Fasting is a means of self-denial, strengthening the will to respond to God's message to His people, and reinforcing repentance, intercession and identification with the needy.

  120. Why is fasting often associated with prayer?

    Our Lord's example and other scriptural sources teach us that this form of self-discipline is an aid to prayer.

  121. What is abstinence?

    Abstinence is a voluntary act of lessening the quantity of food one eats or of denying oneself other pleasures.

  122. When do Christians fast?

    The following days are observed by special acts of discipline and self-denial:

    • Ash Wednesday and the other weekdays of Lent and of Holy Week, except the feast of the Annunciation.
    • Good Friday and all other Fridays of the year, in commemoration of the Lord's crucifixion, except for Fridays in the Christmas and Easter seasons, and any Feasts of our Lord which occur on a Friday.

    On these days remembrance is made of the suffering and death of our Lord.

    They may be observed in one or more of these ways:

    1. By giving more time to prayer, Bible study, or spiritual reading;

    2. By eating less or simpler food;

    3. By giving up some pleasures or luxury, and using the money and time saved to help other people.

  123. The Sacraments
  124. What are the sacraments?

    The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.

  125. What is grace?

    Grace is God's favour towards us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.

  126. What are the two great sacraments of the gospel?

    The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.

  127. Baptism
  128. What is Baptism?

    Baptism is the sacrament by which God unites us with Christ, adopts us as His children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.

  129. What is the outward and visible sign in Baptism?

    The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

  130. What is the inward and spiritual grace in baptism?

    The inward and spiritual grace in baptism is union with Christ in His death and resurrection, birth into God's family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.

  131. What is required of us at baptism?

    It is required that we renounce evil, repent ofand confess our sins and, in faith, accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

  132. Why then are infants baptised?

    Infants are baptised so that through union with Christ, they can share in the New Covenant and become heirs of God’s redemption.

  133. How are the promises for infants made and carried out?

    Promises are made for them by their parents and godparents who undertake that through their life, example andsupport, the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow Him in love and trust.

  134. The Holy Eucharist
  135. What is the Holy Eucharist?

    The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of His life, death, and resurrection, until His coming again.

  136. Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice?

    Because the Eucharist, the Church's act of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of himself.

  137. By what other names is this service known?

    The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord's Supper, and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering.

  138. What is the outward and visible sign in the Eucharist?

    The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine consecrated, given and received according to Christ's command.

  139. What is the inward and spiritual grace given in the Eucharist?

    The inward and spiritual grace given in the Holy Communion is the body and blood of Christ given to His people, and received by faith.

  140. What are the benefits we receive in the Lord's Supper?

    The benefits we receive are forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another as we are nourished in eternal life.

  141. What is required of us when we come to the Eucharist?

    It is required that we should examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people and intend to lead the new life in Christ.

  142. Other Sacramental Rites
  143. What other sacramental rites evolved in the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit?

    Other sacramental rites which evolved in the Church include Confirmation, Ordination, Christian Marriage, Confession and Absolution, and the Anointing of the Sick.

  144. What is Confirmation?

    Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.

  145. What is required of those to be confirmed?

    It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith, are penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and, strengthened by His grace, to live their lives in accordance with His will.

  146. What is Ordination?

    Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made bishops, priests and deacons, through prayer and the laying on of hands by bishops.

  147. What is Christian Marriage?

    Christian Marriage, sometimes called Holy matrimony, is a lifelong union into which the woman and the man enter when they make their vows before God and the Church and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfil their vows.

  148. What is Confession and Absolution?

    Confession and Absolution, sometimes called the Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Penance, is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.

  149. What is the Anointing of the Sick?

    In the Anointing of the Sick, sometimes called Unction, the priest makes the sign of the cross with consecrated oil on the forehead and/or other parts of the body of the sick person. By this God's grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind and body.

  150. Is God's activity limited to these rites?

    God does not limit himself to these rites; they are patterns of countless ways by which God uses material things to reach out to us.

  151. How are the sacraments related to our Christian hope?

    Sacraments sustain are present hope and anticipate its future fulfilment.

  152. The Christian Hope
  153. What is the Christian hope?

    The Christian hope is to live with confidence in newness and fullness of life, and to await the coming of Christ in glory and the completion of God's purpose for the world.

  154. What do we mean by the coming of Christ in glory?

    By the coming of Christ in glory, we mean that Christ will come, not in weakness but in power, and will make all things new.

  155. What do we mean by heaven and hell?

    By heaven, we mean eternal life in our enjoyment of God; by hell, we mean eternal death in our rejection of God.

  156. Why do we remember the dead in prayer?

    We remember them, because they continue in Christ and we still hold them in our love, trusting that in God's presence those who have chosen to serve Him will grow in His love until they see Him as He is.

  157. What do we mean by the last judgement?

    We believe that Christ will come in glory and judge the living and the dead.

  158. What do we mean by the resurrection of the body?

    We mean that God will raise us from death in the fullness of our being, that we may live with Christ in the communion of saints.

  159. What is the communion of saints?

    The communion of saints is the whole family of God the living, the dead, those we love, those we hurt - all bound together in Christ by Spirit, Sacrament, Prayer and Praise.

  160. What do we mean by everlasting life?

    By everlasting life, we mean a new, unfading and unending existence, in which we are united with all the people of God, in the joy of fully knowing and loving God and each other.

  161. What, then, is our assurance as Christians?

    Our assurance as Christians is that nothing, not even death, shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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