Friday, October 30, 2009

Westminister Shorter Catechism Audio 1-10

O.k., so I am going to try something new here and begin a podcast. I am going to begin with a series of audio recordings of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. I personally would like to have them in audio format to listen to while riding my bike or on the treadmill; plus, I know that some people just learn better audibly. Also, as my friend Mark reminded me, this could also be quite helpful for the visually impaired. So, I am going to broadcast them ten questions at a time.

This tool can be used to learn the Shorter Catechism for the first time, or for simply reviewing it to keep it fresh. There will be three basic ways to listen to the recordings. First, you can listen to the audio file here on the blog. But when you follow the link, it will take you away from the blog and you will not be able to read the text.

Second, if you want to be able to read the text while you listen, then the best option is to subscribe to the blog using a RSS reader, such as Google Reader. The easiest way to take advantage of this option is to look in the right hand pane at the "Blog Updates" section and click on "Subscribe in a Reader." You will find many different readers to choose from; for Google Reader, simply select the "Google" option, and then pick if you want it to go to your Google Home page or Google Reader.

Third, if you would like to listen to them on your iPod, then you can subscribe to the podcast through the iTunes store. The easiest way to do this is to go here and subscribe. You can also go into your iTunes and select "Advanced" at the top; then select "Subscribe to Podcast" and paste this URL: http://apilgrimsredress.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default. Or you can simply go to the iTunes store and do a search on "A Pilgrim's Redress."

Here we go!

Listen to Questions 1-10

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

Q. 3. What do the scriptures principally teach?
A. The scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.

Q. 4. What is God?
A. God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.

Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but one only, the living and true God.

Q. 6. How many persons are there in the godhead?
A. There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Q. 7. What are the decrees of God?
A. The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.

Q. 8. How doth God execute his decrees?
A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.

Q. 9. What is the work of creation?
A. The work of creation is God's making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.

Q. 10. How did God create man?
A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.

Questions 11-2o

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