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Assembly 1590. Seff. 12. August 10.
whole People, that ane uniforme Order be keepit in Examination, and that ane schort Forme of Exanination be set down, be their Breither, Mrs. John Graig, Robert Pont, Thomas Buchanan, and Andrew Melvine, to be presentit to the next Assembly.
Assembly 1591. Seff. 17. July 13.
munian, pennit be their Brother Mr. Craig, the Assembly thought it meet to be imprintit, being be the Author thairof contractit in some fchorter Bounds.
Assembly. 1592. Seff. 10. May 30. "Or swa meikle as, at the special Desire of the Kirk,
ane Forme of Examination before the Communion was pennit and formit be their Brother Mr. John Craig, qubilk is now imprintit, and allowit be the Voyce of the Assembly. Therefore it is thought needful that every Pastor travel with his Flock, that they may buy the samen Buik, and read it in their Families, quhereby they may be better instructit; and that the famen be read and learnit in Lectors Schools, in place of the little Catechism
* That is, The Manner to examine Children, at the End of Calvin's Catechifm.
A Form of Examination before the Communion.
insson anaionon sono contar concordia I. Of our miserable Bondage through Adam. R. . THAT are we by Nature ?
A. The Children of God's Wrath. Eph. 2. 3: Q. 2. Were we thus created of God A. No, for he made us to his own Image, Gen. 1. 26. Q. 3. How came we to this Misery? A. Through the Fall of Adam from God, Gen. 3. Q.4 What Things came to us by that Fall ?
4. Original Sin, and natural Corruption, Rom. 5. 12, 18 19. l. 5. What Power have we to turn to God? A. None at all, for we are dead in Sin, Eph. 2. 1. Q. 6. What is the Punisoment of our Sin?
Death eternal, both in Body and Soul, Rom.6.23.
II. Of our Redemption by Christ. 2.7. ,out
HO may deliver us from this Bondage ?
A. God only, who bringeth Life 1.8. How know we that he will do it?
4. By his Promise, and sending his Son Christ Jesus in our Flesh, John 3. 16, 17.
Q. 9. What Kind of Person is Christ ? A. Perfect God and perfect Man, without Sin, Mat. 1. 23. Luke 1. 31. P. 10. What needeth this wonderful Union ? 4. That he might be a meet Mediator for us. G-2
Q. IT. How did he redeem us? A. Through his Obedience to the Law, aod Death of the Cross, Phil. 2. 8.
Q. 12. Suffered he only natural Death?
Ă. No, but he suffered also the Curse of God, in Body and Soul, Gal. 3, 13.
Q. 13. How know we that his Death brought Life tous ?
A. For if he hath not satisfied for all our Sins perfe&tly, he hath not risen, nor we by him, i Cor. 15. 14, 17.
Q. 15. Is it needful that we believe thefe Mysteries?
A. That we be made Partakers of Christ and his Me. rits, John 15. 4,-7.
III. Of our Participation with Chrift. Q. 17. LOW is that wrought
A. 17. Through his continual Intercef fion for us in Heaven, Heb. 7. 25.
Q. 18. Declare how that is done.
A. He offereth Christ and his Grace to us, and more eth us to receive him.
Q. 20. How doth he offer Ghrift to us :
A. By the Preaching of the Evangel, Rom. To. 13, 14, 15. Q. 21.
How doth he move us to receive him? A. Through printing in our Hearts true Faith in Cbrift, Aets 16. 14.
Q: 22. What Thing is Faith in Christ
A. A fure Perswalion, that he is the only Saviour of the World, but ours in special, who believe in him, John 6.
Q. 23. IVhat doth this Faith Work?
A. Our inseparable Union with Christ in his Graces, Eph. 3. 16;-19
Q. 24, What is the firsi Fruit of this Union ?
Rom. 6. 19.
Q. 25. Which is the next Fruit of our Union with him?
A. Our Sanctification and Regeneration to the Image of God, John 3: 3, 5.
Q. 26. Who doth this, and how ?
A. The Holy Spirit through our Union with Christ, in his Death, Burial, and Resurrection, Rom. 6.
Q. 27. What are the chief Parts of our Regeneration ?
A. Mortification of Sin, and rising to Righteousness, Rom. 6.
Q. 28. How know we Sin and Righteousness?
IV. Of the Word.
A. Only in the Scriptures, Rom. 15. 4. Q. 30. Are the Scriptures sufficient for our Instruc
A. No doubt, as the Apostles do testify, John 20.31, Gal. 1. 8.
2 Tim. 3. 16. Q: 31. How should we receive and use the Word?? A. We should read it privately and publickly with all Reverence, Deut. 31, 21.
Q. 32. Is this sufficient for our Instruction ? A. No, if publick Teaching may be had, Eph, 4. II, 12. Q. 33, IVherefore that?
A. For as God raiseth publick Teachers and Pastors, so he hath commanded us to hear them, Mal. 2. 7. Q. 34. How long should we continue in this School?
A. All the Days of our Lives, seeing we are ignorant, forgetful, and easy to be deceived, Col. 3. 16,
Q: 35. What then serve the Sacraments for ?
A. They are added for our further Comfort and Admonition, as a visible Word, Gen. 17. 9, 10, 11. G3