What is the chief end of man? This well-known question is the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. With this question, we are asked to examine what our primary purpose is as created by God. The answer given, “To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever”, is simple to learn and yet contains an unmeasurable depth. This question and answer is the first of 107 questions and answers found in the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It was first written in 1647 by the Westminster Assembly in London, England. It has since been a treasure of Bible-centered instruction taught and learned in churches and families throughout the world. While it was originally written for children, it contains rich instruction for everyone – for people of every age and intellect. We hope you will learn much from these lectures on the Westminster Shorter Catechism and that they will be a rich blessing for you.
Have you ever thought about why you are here? Not the place where you are as you watch this video, but rather, why you are in this world. What is the purpose of your life? These are big ques- tions. And they’re big questions because they touch on all that is in our life. They guide us and they direct us, and they help us to make sense of what we’re supposed to be doing at any given moment, and with the whole of our life considered.
1. The Chief End of Man
2. God’s Word and What it Teaches
3. What is God?
4. The Holy Trinity
5. The Decrees of God
6. God’s Work of Creation
7. God’s Creation of Man
8. God's Works of Providence
9. God’s Special Providence Toward Man
10. The Fall of Man
Rev. Jonathan Mattull is minister of the gospel at Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church, in St. Louis, Missouri, a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), Presbytery of the United States of America.