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New City Catechism Question and Answer 49

Question 49
Where is Christ now?

Answer
Christ rose bodily from the grave on the third day after his death and is seated at the right hand of the Father, ruling his kingdom and interceding for us, until he returns to judge and renew the whole world.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 48

Question 48
What is the church?

Answer
God chooses and preserves for himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 47

Question 47
Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work?

Answer
No, Christ died once for all. The Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal celebrating Christ’s atoning work; as it is also a means of strengthening our faith as we look to him, and a foretaste of the future feast. But those who take part with unrepentant hearts eat and drink judgment on themselves.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 46

Question 46
What is the Lord’s Supper?

Answer
Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another; feeding and nourishing our souls. It also anticipates the day when we will eat and drink with Christ in his Father’s kingdom.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 45

Question 45
Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself?

Answer
No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin.


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New City Catechism Question and Answer 44

Question 44
What is baptism?

Answer
Baptism is the washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it signifies and seals our adoption into Christ, our cleansing from sin, and our commitment to belong to the Lord and to his church.