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New City Catechism - Question 42
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Posted by Chris Mazak, pastoral intern


New City Catechism - Question 42


Q: How is the Word of God to be read and heard?


A: With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives.


Kids' answer: With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith and practice it in our lives.



2 Timothy 3:16-17

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."



The Word of God must not be read like any other book. It alone is God’s inspired Word, and it alone contains all that we need for life and godliness on this earth.  Jesus called it our spiritual food in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  Therefore, if we are to grow as followers of Jesus Christ, we must come to His Word with faith, store it up in our hearts and let it transform us as we apply its wisdom into our lives. 



Without faith it is impossible to truly understand and absorb God’s Word.  1 Corinthians 2:14 states, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”  Nobody who rejects Christ can come to God’s Word and truly be changed by it.  God’s Word only comes alive in our lives when it has been illuminated through our receiving of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit gives us the lenses necessary to understand God’s Word as it is intended to be understood.  And through faith we believe what God says about His Word, that it is inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21), that it is absolute truth (John 17:17), and that it is sufficient for every area our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  


As we read and hear God’s Word, we must be seeking to store it up in our hearts.  This is why we must be diligent in daily reading and hearing of the Word.  Psalm 1:1-2 tells of the blessing of reading the Word frequently, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”  It is only through storing up God’s Word in our hearts that we are able to know how we are to live as Christians.  Thus, daily reading of and memorizing of Scripture is vital to spiritual growth.  It is also, along with prayer, our shield against the evil one.  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). 


Finally, as we come to God’s Word by faith and store up His Word in our heart, we must apply it to our daily living.  Scripture is meant to cause transformation in the believer’s life.  Romans 12:2 states, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”   Transformation occurs in the believer’s life as we renew our minds by constant study and meditation of Scripture through faithful preaching on Sunday mornings, Growth Group studies, personal Bible study and Scripture memorization.  As we indulge ourselves in His Word more and more, we will better know and understand God’s will and take the steps necessary to make it happen in our own lives.  Life transformation begins from a heart that is filled with God’s Word.



We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the Inspired Word of God,  without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.  (2 Tim. 3:16172 Pet. 1:2021Mt. 5:17182 Pet. 1:34)




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