I am going to attempt to blog my way through the Shorter Westminster Catechism.
For those who do not know what the Shorter Westminster Catechism is a catechism that was written in the 1640s by English and Scottish divines (Theologians). The assembly also produced the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger Catechism. The three documents are considered by many Protestants to be the grandest doctrinal statements to come out of the English Reformatation.
The purpose of the WSC is to educate lay persons in matters of doctrine and belief. The Shorter Westminster Catechism is in a simple question and answer format to facilitate memorization. Typically, parents and the church would use the shorter catechism to train their children in the ways of the Lord. New converts are also given the Shorter Westminster Catechism as well as the Confession of Faith and Holy Scriptures to study.
Let’s start with the first question of the Catechism.
Question 1: “What is the chief end of man?”
Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
John 17:22,24 “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”
Romans 11:36 “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
1 Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Soli Deo Gloria,