The Methodist Junior Catechism

Today as I was walking through an old packing house I stumbled upon an old Methodist Catechism.  The Methodist Church essentially no longer exists in Australia, now being a part of the Uniting Church of Australia.  This catechism however is still quite useful.  Unfortunately, it seems to be one of three and whilst I was able to locate the Intermediate Catechism online, I have been unable to find the Senior Catechism.  I have provided it below for those interested.  It is out of copyright now, having been published before 1955, so feel free to use at your own discretion:

The Methodist
JUNIOR CATECHISM

Issued by direction of the General 
Conference of the Methodist 
Church of Australasia

COPYRIGHT

Published by the Methodist Young 
People's Departments of New South 
Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, South 
Australia, Queensland and Western 
Australia.

EIGHTH EDITION

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RESPONSIVE READING

Leader: What is the purpose of the Sunday School?

School: We meet in the Sunday School to worship God and to receive instruction in His word; that we may get a right knowledge of God and newness of our own spirit; that we may be able to walk in the paths of righteousness, and, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, offer service well-pleasing to God, with reverance, awe and love, all the days of our life.



The Methodist
JUNIOR CATECHISM

FOREWORD

This Catechism has been prepared for Sunday School scholars and others under eleven years of age.  It is issued by direction of the General Conference of the Methodist Church of Australasia, and replaces Catechism No. 1.

The questions and answers should be committed to memory, but parents and teachers are earnestly advised to give the instruction necessary for an intelligent use of the Catechism.  It is hoped that in this way the younger girls and boys will have the foundations of the temple of religious knowledge well and truly laid.

The Junior Catechism is part of a graded series.  It is followed by the Intermediate Catechism for scholars from 11 to 13 years inclusive, and the Senior Catechism for those 14 years of age and over.

CONTENTS

Sec. 1. - Home, School and Community . Page 2
2. - God: our Heavenly Father .. .. 3
3. - Christian Conduct .. .. .. .. .. 7
4. - The Service of God .. .. .. .. .. 12
5. - The Lord's Day .. .. .. .. .. .. 14
6. - The Sacraments .. .. .. .. .. .. 14
7. - The Life to Come .. .. .. .. .. 15


SECTION 1. - HOME, SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY

1. What is our duty to our parents?
  It is our duty to love, honour and obey our father and mother.

2. What is our duty to our brothers and sisters?
  It is our duty to love our brothers and sisters, and always to be unselfish towards them.

3. What is our duty to our home?
  It is our duty to our home to be kind, thoughtful, helpful and loyal members.

4. What is our duty to our teachers?
  It is our duty to respect our teachers, and gladly to attend to their instruction.

5. What is our duty to our fellow-scholars?
  It is our duty to be just and generous to our fellow-scholars.

6. What is our duty to our school?
  It is our duty to be true to the aims of our school, and to work loyally with all its members for its success.

7. What is our duty to our neighbours and friends?
  It is our duty to love our neighbours and friends as we love ourselves.

8. What is our duty to strangers?
  It is our duty to be courteous and thoughtful towards strangers.

9. What is our duty to the community?
  It is our duty to show respect to all lawful authority, and to take our part in helpful service for the public good.

10. What is our duty to ourselves?
  It is our duty to think pure thoughts, to speak the truth always, and to do all we can in the service of God and man.

SECTION 2. - GOD: OUR HEAVENLY FATHER

1. Who is God?
  God is our Heavenly Father, Who is everywhere, the everliving Spirit, holy, loving, and perfectly wise and good.

2. What has God made?
  God has made all things by His power and wisdom and will.

3. What is the chief creature on earth?
  The chief creature on earth is man, whose spirit comes from God, and who was made in His image, after His likeness.

4. Why did God make man?
  Man was made that he might know God, might love Him, might live to His praise and be with Him for ever.

5. How do we best know God?
  We know God best through the Lord Jesus, Whose story is told in the Bible.

6. Who is the Lord Jesus?
  The Lord Jesus is the Son of God, Who came in our likeness to make God known to us.

7. What do we learn from the Lord Jesus about God?
  We learn from the Lord Jesus that God is our Heavenly Father, that He loves us with a great love, and that He wants us to be His loving and obedient children.

8. What is the Bible?
  The Bible is the Holy Book in which is the word of God as spoken by His messengers in the days of old.

9. How did the Lord Jesus come "in our likeness"?
  The Lord Jesus was born a babe, and like us grew in wisdom and stature.

10. How did the Lord Jesus spend His years on earth?
  The Lord Jesus spent the thirty years of His life on earth as a child at play, a boy at school, a carpenter at work, and as the Teacher and Saviour of all mankind.

11. How did the Lord Jesus receive little children?
  The Lord Jesus, when little children were brought to Him, took them in His arms and blessed them, laying His hands upon them.

12. What did the Lord Jesus say about little children?
  The Lord Jesus said: Suffer the little children to come unto me; forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.

13. How did the Lord Jesus when on earth show His great love for the people?
  The Lord Jesus when on earth showed His great love for the people by making known His gospel to them, by healing their sick, and by His willingness even to die for them.

14. What Bible words briefly set forth the Gospel of the Lord Jesus?
  The Gospel of the Lord Jesus is briefly set forth in these words: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

15. What invitation did the Lord Jesus give to those who needed rest unto their souls?
  Jesus said to those who needed rest unto their souls: Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

16. How did the people of His day regard the Lord Jesus?
  Some people of His day believed that the Lord Jesus was God's Son, the Saviour of the world, but others, with evil hearts, hated Him, and sought to take His life.

17. How did the Lord Jesus help His friends?
  He spent much time with them, teaching them about God and His kingdom, and so preparing them to carry on His work.

18. What did the enemies of the Lord Jesus do to Him?
  The enemies of the Lord Jesus made Him a prisoner, and persuaded Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, to have Him put to death on the cross.

19. What did the friends of the Lord Jesus do with His body?
  The friends of the Lord Jesus asked Pilate for His body, and, taking it down from the cross, they buried it in a new tomb in a garden.

20. What wonderful things happened to the Lord Jesus shortly after the burial of His body?
  The Lord Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, was seen by many of His friends, and forty days afterwards He ascended to His Heavenly Father.

21. Where is the Lord Jesus?
  The Lord Jesus is in Heaven, at the right hand of the Father, but by His Spirit He is present everywhere.

22. What did our Heavenly Father give to all people after the ascension of the Lord Jesus?
  Our Heavenly Father gave His Holy Spirit to carry on the work of the Lord Jesus in the hearts of all people.

23. What work of the Lord Jesus in our hearts is done by the Holy Spirit?
  The work which is done in our hearts by the Holy Spirit is to teach us our need of God, and how willing God is to save us from all sin, through our faith in the Lord Jesus.

24.  What form of blessing tells us about our Heavenly Father, The Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour and the Holy Spirit?
  We are told about our Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in the Benediction:  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

SECTION 3. - CHRISTIAN CONDUCT

1. What is sin?
  Sin is breaking of the law of God, whether in thought, or word, or deed.

2. What is a Christian?
  A Christian is one who, believing in Jesus as his Lord and Saviour, follows His teachings and His example.

3. What must one do first in becoming a Christian?
  In becoming a Christian on must first, with sorrow for his sins, turn from them unto God.

4. How are the two steps in becoming a Christian set forth in the Bible?
  They are set forth in the Bible in these words:  Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

5. What rules for a good life did God, in the olden days, give to His people?
  In the olden days, as rules for a good life, God gave to His people the ten Commandments.

6. What is the first Commandment?
  The first Commandment is: Thou shalt have none other gods but Me.

7. What is the second Commandment?
  The second Commandment is: Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth.  Thou shalt not bow down to them nor worship them, for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers on the children, unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate Me, and show mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My Commandments.

8. What is the third Commandment?
  The third Commandment is: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.

9. What is the fourth Commandment?
  The fourth Commandment is: Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath Day.  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord they God.  In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy manservant, and thy maidservant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates.  For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it.

10. What is the fifth Commandment?
  The fifth Commandment is: Honour thy father and mother: that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

11. What is the sixth Commandment?
  The sixth Commandment is: Thou shalt do no murder.

12. What is the seventh Commandment?
  The seventh Commandment is: Thou shalt not commit adultery.

13. What is the eighth Commandment?
  The eighth Commandment is: Thou shalt not steal.

14. What is the ninth Commandment?
  The ninth Commandment is: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

15. What is the tenth Commandment?
  The tenth Commandment is: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is his.

16. What is our Lord's shorter statement of the Commandments?
  Our Lord's shorter statement of the Commandments is: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; and thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

17. What rule for the Christian life was given by the apostle Paul?
  The rule for the Christian life given by the apostle Paul was: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

18. What is meant by the words "do all to the glory of God"?
  The words "do all to the glory of God" mean that in everything we do we think of God, we try to please Him and to bring honour to His name.

19. Where may we find the teachings of Jesus about the happy life?
  The teachings of Jesus about the happy life are found in His Sermon on the Mount, and are called the "Beatitudes", which means "blessings".

20. What is the Beatitude about the poor in spirit?
  The Beatitude about the poor in spirit is: Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

21. What is the Beatitude about those who mourn?
  The Beatitude about those who mourn is: Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.

22. What is the Beatitude about the meek?
  The Beatitude about the meek is: Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.

23. What is the Beatitude about those who hunger and thirst after righteousness?
  The Beatitude about those who hunger and thirst after righteousness is:  Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.

24. What is the Beatitude about the merciful?
  The Beatitude about the merciful is: Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.

25. What is the Beatitude about the pure in heart?
  The Beatitude about the pure in heart is: Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.

26. What is the Beatitude about the peacemakers?
  The Beatitude about the peacemakers is: Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called sons of God.

27. What is the Beatitude about the persecuted?
  The Beatitude about the persecuted is: Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

28. What further words did Jesus say about the persecution of His people?
  Jesus added these words:  Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

SECTION 4. - THE SERVICE OF GOD.

1. What is our duty to God?
  Our duty to God is to believe Him, to trust and love Him as our Heavenly Father, to worship Him as our Maker and Keeper, and gladly to do His will.

2. What is the worship of God?
  The worship of God is reverent thought of Him and His word, and the offering of praise and prayer to Him.

3. What did Jesus say about God and His worship?
  Jesus said: God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him, must worship in spirit and truth.

4. Where may we worship God?
  We may worship God everywhere, but chiefly we worship Him in the gatherings of His people, or when we are alone with Him.

5. What prayer did Jesus teach His disciples?
  Jesus taught His disciples to say: Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed by Thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.

6. How may we learn what is the will of God?
  We may learn the will of God from the Holy Bible, and by waiting on Him in prayer, believing that He will guide us.

7. How may we use the Bible in the worship of God?
  We may use the Bible in the worship of God by carefully reading it, or by listening to its teachings.

8. What are the gatherings of God's people called?
  The gathering of God's people are called the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9. What did Jesus say to His disciples about His presence with them?
  Jesus said to His disciples: For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.

10. What is our duty to the Church of God?
  Our duty to the Church of God, is to pray for its welfare, and as members to take an active part in its worship and service.

11. What is the duty of the Church to mankind?
  The duty of the Church is to take the gospel of the Lord Jesus to all people, and to set up the kingdom of God in every heart.

SECTION 5. - THE LORD'S DAY

1. On what day does the Church of God particularly engage in the public worship of God?
  The Church of God particularly engages in the public worship of God on the Lord's Day, the first day of the week.

2. Why do we observe the first day of the week as the Christian Sabbath?
  Like the early Christians we observe the first day of the week as the Christian Sabbath, because on that day the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

3. How should we spend the Lord's Day?
  We should spend the Lord's Day by remembering to keep it holy and by worshipping God with His people, or wherever we may be.

SECTION 6. - THE SACRAMENTS

1. What is the outward sign of entrance into the Christian Church?
  The outward sign of entrance into the Christian Church is the sacrament of baptism, in which by the use of water, we are received as members of the Church.

2. What is a Sacrament?
  A sacrament is a sign and seal of the hidden work of God's Spirit in our hearts.

3. How many sacraments are there in the Christian Church?
  In the Christian Church there are only two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

4. What is the Lord's Supper?
  The Lord's Supper is part of our worship, in which we eat bread and drink wine as signs of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus, and in memory of His sufferings and death for our salvation.

5. Why should children be baptised?
  Children should be baptised because they belong to the Lord Jesus, and should be received into His Church.

6. Who should share in the Lord's Supper?
  All who truly wish to be disciples of the Lord Jesus and members of His Church should share in the Lord's Supper.

SECTION 7. - THE LIFE TO COME

1. What will happen to us at the end of our present life?
  At the end of our present life, our spirit will be separated from our body, and that separation is called death.

2. What does death mean to Christians?
  Christians hope and believe that when death comes, the spirit will return to God Who gave it, and that we shall ever be with the Lord.

3. What did the Lord Jesus say about the Heavenly Home?
  The Lord Jesus said: In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.

4. What will be our greatest joy in our Heavenly Father's house?
  Our greatest joy in our Heavenly Father's house will be to see and to be with the Lord Jesus.

5. Repeat a son of praise in honour of the Lord Jesus from the last book in the Bible.
  Unto Him that loveth us, and loosed us from our sins by His blood;... to Him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever.  Amen.

THE APOSTLES' CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints; the Forgiveness of sins; the Resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.