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1. What is your only consolation in life and in death?

2. What do you need to know so that you can live and die blissfully in this consolation?

3. How do you know your misery?

4. What then does God's law require of us?

5. Can you keep all of this perfectly?

6. Did God create man so evil and perverse?

7. Where does this evil and perverse kind of man come from?

8. But are we so evil and perverse that we are utterly incapable of any good and inclined to all evil?

9. Doesn't God do man injustice when he demands something in his law that man cannot do?

10. Does God want this disobedience to go unpunished?

11. Isn't God also merciful?

12. So if, according to God's righteous judgment, we have earned punishment now and forever, how can we escape this punishment and regain God's grace?

13. But can we pay for our debt ourselves?

14. But can any creature pay for us?

15. What kind of mediator and redeemer do we have to look for?

16. Why does he have to be a true and righteous person?

17. Why does he have to be true God at the same time?

18. Who is this mediator who is both true God and a true, just person?

19. How do you know?

20. Are all people saved again through Christ, just as they were lost through Adam?

21. What is true belief?

22. What is necessary for a Christian to believe?

23. What is this creed?

24. How is the creed divided?

25. Why do you name three: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, when God is only one?

26. What do you think when you say, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth”?

27. What do you understand by the providence of God?

28. What use is knowledge of God's creation and providence?

29. Why is the Son of God called Jesus, that is, “Savior”?

30. Do those also believe in the only Savior Jesus, who seek salvation and salvation from the saints, from themselves or elsewhere?

31. Why is he called Christ, that is, “Anointed One”?

32. But why are you called a Christian?

33. Why is Jesus Christ called “God's only begotten Son” when we too are children of God?

34. Why do you call him "our Lord"?

35. What does “received by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary” mean?

36. What use is it to you that he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary?

37. What do you understand by the word “suffered”?

38. Why did he suffer under the judge Pontius Pilate?

39. Does his death on the cross mean more than if he had died another death?

40. Why did Christ endure death?

41. Why was he buried?

42. Why do we still have to die even though Christ died for us?

43. What other benefit do we have from Christ's sacrifice and death on the cross?

44. Why does “descended to hell” follow?

45. What good is the resurrection of Christ?

46. ​​How do you understand that it means “ascended to heaven”?

47. Isn't Christ with us to the end of the world, as he promised us?

48. But are not divinity and humanity in Christ separated from one another in this way if he is not everywhere according to his human nature where he is according to his divinity?

49. What good is the ascension of Christ to us?

50. Why is it added “he sits at the right hand of God”?

51. What use is this glory of our Head, Christ?

52. What comforts you at the return of Christ to “judge the living and the dead”?

53. What do you think of the Holy Spirit?

54. What do you think of the “holy general Christian church”?

55. What do you understand by the “communion of saints”?

56. What do you think of the “forgiveness of sins”?

57. What comforts you in the “resurrection of the dead”?

58. What comforts you in the promise of eternal life?

59. But what does it help you now if you believe all of this?

60. How are you righteous before God?

61. Why do you say that you are righteous by faith alone?

62. Why then cannot our good works make us fully or partially just before God?

63. But do our good works deserve nothing, although God wants to reward them in this life and in the future?

64. But doesn't this doctrine make people frivolous and unscrupulous?

65. If only faith gives us a share in Christ and all his blessings, where does such faith come from?

66. What are sacraments?

67. Should both Word and Sacrament point our faith to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as the only reason for our salvation?

68. How many sacraments did Christ institute in the New Testament?

69. How are you reminded and made certain in holy baptism that the unique sacrifice of Christ on the cross will benefit you?

70. What does it mean to be washed with the blood and Spirit of Christ?

71. Where did Christ promise that we would be washed as surely with his blood and Spirit as with the water of baptism?

72. Is the external water bath itself the washing away of sins?

73. Why then does the Holy Spirit call baptism the “bath of regeneration” and the “washing away of sins”?

74. Should small children also be baptized?

75. How are you reminded and made certain in Holy Communion that you share in Christ's only sacrifice on the cross and in all his gifts?

76. What does it mean to eat the crucified body of Christ and drink his shed blood?

77. Where did Christ promise that he would feed and water the believers with his body and blood as surely as they eat of this broken bread and drink of this cup?

78. Are the bread and wine changed into the body and blood of Christ?

79. Why then does Christ call the bread his body and the cup his blood, or call the cup the new covenant in his blood, and why does Paul speak of the communion of the body and blood of Jesus Christ?

80. What is the difference between the Lord's Supper and the papal mass?

81. Which people should come to the Lord's table?

82. But may those also be admitted to Holy Communion who show themselves to be unbelievers and ungodly in their confession and life?

83. What is the office of the key?

84. How is the kingdom of heaven opened and closed through the preaching of the holy gospel?

85. How is the kingdom of heaven closed and unlocked through Christian penance discipline?

86. Now that we are redeemed from our misery by grace through Christ without any merit, why should we do good works?

87. Can those also be saved who do not turn to God from their ungrateful, unrepentant lives?

88. What is true repentance or conversion of man?

89. What does dying of the elderly mean?

90. What does the resurrection of the new man mean?

91. What are good works?

92. What is the law of the Lord?

93. How are these commandments classified?

94. What does the Lord ask in the first commandment?

95. What is idolatry?

96. What does God want in the second commandment?

97. Is it not allowed to take a picture at all?

98. Shouldn't the pictures be tolerated as “the lay books” in the churches?

99. What does God want in the third commandment?

100. Is it such a grave sin to blaspheme God's name with oaths and curses that God is angry even with those who do not do everything to prevent it?

101. But is it even allowed to swear an oath by the name of God?

102. Can one swear by saints or other creatures?

103. What does God want in the fourth commandment?

104. What does God want in the fifth commandment?

105. What does God want in the sixth commandment?

106. Does this commandment only speak of killing?

107. Have we already fulfilled the commandment if we do not kill our neighbor?

108. What does God want in the seventh commandment?

109. Does God alone forbid adultery in this commandment?

110. What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?

111. But what does God command you in this commandment?

112. What does God want in the ninth commandment?

113. What does God want in the tenth commandment?

114. But can those who are converted to God keep these commandments perfectly?

115. Why does God let us preach the Ten Commandments so urgently when no one in this life can keep them?

116. Why is prayer necessary for Christians?

117. What is part of a prayer so that it may please God and be heard by him?

118. What did God command us to ask of him?

119. What is this prayer

120. Why did Christ command us to address God like this: “Our Father”?

121. Why is it added: “in heaven”?

122. What does the first petition, “Hallowed be your name” mean?

123. What does the second petition: “Thy kingdom come” mean?

124. What does the third petition mean: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”?

125. What does the fourth petition mean, “Give us this day our daily bread”?

126. What does the fifth petition mean: “Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors”?

127. What does the sixth petition mean: “Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil”?

128. How do you conclude this prayer: “Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever”?

129. What does the word: “Amen” mean?

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