The Westminster Shorter Catechism
A Summary of Christian Doctrine
Throughout the coming year, we will be including the questions and answers from the Westminster Shorter Catechism in our weekly bulletin. You might consider putting some of these to memory. They are succinct and helpful summaries of Christian truth.
Today’s QAs deal with the basics of our existence. What is our purpose in life? Why were we created? And why are we here?
The answer comes back to us in simplicity and beauty. “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” In short, our over-arching goal in life should be to learn, know and worship the One True God… through His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
And how, pray tell, can we learn to know and worship God a right? How else, but by the very revelation He has given of himself, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments?
Westminster Shorter Catechism
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.