Kid’s Q&A is a modern catechism created by the pastors of Bethany Baptist Church, intended to educate children in biblical, systematic, and practical theology. Each question includes theological instruction and a Bible memory verse. Each week at Bethany one of the 52 questions is read from the pulpit during the morning worship service. Children are encouraged to memorize the questions, answers, and verses. Parents are encouraged to use this tool to spark conversation and facilitate discipleship in the home.
Q: Who created everything and how?
A: God created everything out of nothing by the word of His mouth, giving Him the right to rule everything in the universe.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Q: Who were the first human beings?
A: The first human being was Adam, created from dust and given life by God; then Eve was made was from Adam’s rib.
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
Bonus verse: “And the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.” Genesis 2:22
Q: What command did God give Adam and Eve?
A: Adam and Eve were free to eat of any tree in the the Garden of Eden except from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest free eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and and evil thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
Q: What would happen to Adam and Eve if they disobeyed God?
A: God told Adam and Eve they would die if they disobeyed Him.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Q: What is death?
A: Death is separation. To die spiritually means to be separated from God. To die physically means the soul is separated from the body.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27
Q: What was the Fall?
A: The Fall was the plunging of all people into sin at the moment Adam ate the forbidden fruit.
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12
Q: What did God promise to Adam and Eve after the Fall?
A: God graciously promised a Deliverer who would defeat sin and death.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15
Q: What did God promise Abraham and his descendants?
A: God promised to give Abraham land, blessing, and to make of his descendants a nation, out of whom would come the Seed, who is the Deliverer.
“Now the LORD had said unto Abram. ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.’” Genesis 12:1-2
Q: How did God keep His promise to Abraham and his descendants?
A: God kept His promise by giving Abraham a son named Isaac to whom was born Jacob, the father of the nation of Israel, whom God blessed and gave the land of Canaan. From these descendants came the Deliverer.
Q: What did God tell Abraham to do with his son, Isaac?
A: God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac on an altar. Seeing Abraham’s willingness to obey, God stopped him and provided a ram to be killed instead of Isaac.
“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.” Hebrews 11:17
Q: What is the Law?
A: The Law was a set of commands given by God through Moses to the nation of Israel. Blessing would come from obeying the Law and punishment would come from breaking the Law. The Law was so perfect that no one but Jesus ever kept it fully.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17
Q: Why did God give the Law?
A: The Law reveals the holy character of God and shows us our own sin. The Law cannot save us because we are not able to keep it it. The Law does show us that we need the Savior, who has kept the Law perfectly.
“What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the Law.” Romans 7:7a
Q: Why did the Israelites offer lambs and other innocent animals as a sacrifice?
A: The Israelites offered sacrifices because God demands the shedding of blood as a payment for sin. These sacrifices pointed to the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, ‘Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.’” John 1:29
Q: Who was the Baby born in Bethlehem and what made Him special?
A: Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He was special because He had a human mother named Mary but no human father, making Him completely God while being completely Man at the same time.
“‘And behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David.’” Luke 1:31-32
Q: Why did Jesus come to earth?
A: God the Father sent Jesus to earth to live a sinless life, offer the Kingdom, reveal the Father, pay for the sins of the world, rise from the dead, and provide salvation to everyone who will believe in Him.
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
Q: Why did Jesus die on the cross?
A: On the cross, Jesus took the punishment for all the sins of the whole world. God punished Jesus, who was innocent of all sin, so that those who believe in Him can be forgiven and have an eternal relationship with God.
“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2nd Corinthians 5:21
Q: What happened three days after Jesus died?
A: Three days after Jesus died, God raised Him from the dead so that He and all who trust in Him could have victory over sin, death, and hell.
“‘The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” Luke 24:7b
Q: Why did Jesus ascend into Heaven?
A: Jesus ascended into Heaven to show that His work was complete, to allow the Holy Spirit to come upon believers, and to act as the High Priest at the right hand of God the Father.
“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” Psalm 110:1
Q: What is the Bible?
A: The Bible is a collection of 66 books inspired by God in the original texts. Because the Bible is God’s Word we can trust it and must obey it.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2nd Timothy 3:16
Q: What is God like?
A: God is self-existent, holy, loving, just, merciful, gracious, kind, righteous, good, sovereign, all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere, and without beginning or end.
“Who is like the LORD our God who dwelleth on high,” Psalm 113:5
Q: What does “the Trinity” mean?
A: “The Trinity” means that there is One God in Three Persons. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are all equally God but different in their personhood.
“‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.’” Isaiah 6:3b
Q: Who is Jesus Christ?
A: Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man. He lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, was raised from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and one day is coming back to earth.
“And Simon Peter answered and said, ‘Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” Matthew 16:16
Q: Who is the Holy Spirit?
A: The Holy Spirit is God, the Third Person of the Trinity, who convicts people of sin and dwells inside Christians and empowers them to obey God.
“‘But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.’” Acts 1:8
Q: Why did God create Man?
A: God, in love, created Man in His Image to love Him, enjoy Him, glorify Him, and serve Him.
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Genesis 1:27
Q: What is the nature of Man?
A: Because Man rebelled against God he is naturally sinful and corrupt, and therefore powerless to save himself from his sins.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Q: What is sin?
A: Sin is anything that displeases God. It is doing something God has told us not to do or not doing something that God has told us to do.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole Law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10
Q: How can we be saved from our sins?
A: By admitting that we are sinners, unable to save ourselves, repenting of that sin, and believing that Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins, and that He was raised from the dead.
“‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved…’” Acts 16:31b
Q: What is the Gospel?
A: The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ is God made flesh; that He died on the cross to take the punishment for mankind’s sins; that God raised Him from the dead; and that all who believe in Jesus can be saved forever from their sins.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
Q: What is a local church?
A: A local church is a group of believers who regularly meet together and worship God, study the Scriptures, partake of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, strengthen each other, pray together, provide accountability and discipline, and evangelize the lost.
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in the break of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42
Q: What is the universal Church?
A: The universal Church is the invisible body of all Christians who have believed in Christ from the birth of the Church at Pentecost until the Church is taken to Heaven at the Rapture.
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1st Corinthians 12:13
Q: Why do Christians get baptized?
A: Christians are baptized, not to be saved, but because God commands that everyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ should be immersed in water to picture the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
“And they that gladly received his word were baptized.” Acts 2:41a
Q: What is the Lord’s Supper?
A: The Lord’s Supper is a special service the church has together to remember Jesus’ death and to look forward to His Kingdom.
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread.” 1st Corinthians 11:23
Q: What do the elements of the Lord’s Supper represent?
A: The bread represents the body of Jesus that was broken for us. The cup pictures Jesus’ blood that was shed to wash away sins.
“And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is my body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when he had supped, saying, ‘This cup in the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” 1st Corinthians 11:24-25
Q: What does the resurrection of the flesh mean?
A: The resurrection of the flesh means that every single person will have their bodies raised to life; the believer to life and happiness and the unbeliever to judgment and loss.
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” Revelation 20:13
Q: What is Heaven?
A: Heaven is where God’s Presence dwells: currently a spiritual realm where Christians go at death; someday, a physical place where God will dwell with His people in happiness and peace.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be anymore pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Q: What is hell?
A: Hell is the place where God justly punishes all who reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ by removing His Presence and leaving only conscience suffering and loss.
“…the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.” 2nd Thessalonians 1:7b-9
Q: What is the Millennium?
A: The Millennium is the thousand year period after Jesus returns to earth in which He will rule from David’s throne in Jerusalem and fulfill all His promises made to Abraham, David, and the Jewish people.
“Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion.” Psalm 2:6
Q: How are we to love God on the inside?
A: We are to love God on the inside by obeying Him, not just to impress others or ourselves, but out of true love and reverence for God.
“God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
Q: How are we to love God on the outside?
A: We are to love God on the outside by making our behavior match what God desires for us; in love, transforming our actions to please Him.
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1st Corinthians 6:20
Q: What is the greatest commandment?
A: The greatest commandment is to love the Lord God will all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
“Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.’” Matthew 22:37-38
Q: What is the second greatest commandment?
A: The second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
“And the second is like unto it, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’” Matthew 22:39
Q: What does the second greatest commandment mean?
A: The second greatest commandment means that we are to put the needs, desires, and wellbeing of others before our own needs, desires, and wellbeing.
“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31
Q: What is God’s goal for the believer?
A: God desire is that every believer should be like Jesus Christ in his heart, mind, and actions.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
Q: What is God’s role is making us more like Christ?
A: God gives us all the power, ability, and strength we need to become like Christ and thus deserves the glory for our growth.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Q: What is the believer’s responsibility in becoming like Christ?
A: God requires that the believer yield himself to the power, ability, and strength that God provides in Christ and by the Spirit.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Q: How should children treat their parents?
A: Children should honor their parents and obey them.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise.” Ephesians 6:1-2
Q: In what way are men and women the same?
A: Men and women are the same in that they are both created by God, made in His Image, both equal in their worth, both sinners in need of Christ, both able to come to God by grace, and both can share in the full benefits of Christ’s salvation.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
Q: In what way are men and women different?
A: Men and women are different in the roles and responsibilities God has given them in marriage, the home, and the church. Men and women should embrace their special roles and act consistently with their gender.
“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” Mark 10:6
Q: Why should we read the Bible?
A: We should read the Bible to see what God’s Word says we should believe, think, and do. The Bible is the way that God communicates with us today.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2nd Timothy 2:15
Q: Why should we pray?
A: We should pray to draw closer to God, confess our sins, to thank Him, worship Him, and to make requests of Him. Prayer is the way we communicate with God.
“Pray without ceasing.” 1st Thessalonians 5:17
Q: Why should we go to church?
A: We should go to church to get strength from the preaching, prayer, and fellowship; to bless and encourage others; to fulfill the mission of the church; to use our spiritual gifts; and to obey God who commands us to be a part of a local church.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Q: What is the Great Commission?
A: The Great Commission was Jesus’ last command while on earth in which He told all Christians to evangelize the lost, disciple those who are saved, see that they are baptized, and teach them all that Christ commands us.
“And Jesus said came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth, God ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway even unto the end of world.’ Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20