Man Grieving on Bench

The Crisis Catechism


Sometimes everything seems to go wrong at once. Worse, sometimes it feels like it’s all my own fault! This can be pretty crushing emotionally. At those times, I ask myself this series of questions which I call “the crisis catechism”. It’s simple to answer, because every answer is “yes”. It’s goal is to turn your attention to Jesus, instead of to your own circumstances, shortcomings, failures or faults.

Is Jesus Christ the enthroned King and sovereign Lord over all creation (Colossians 1:16)?
Yes.

Did Jesus Christ die on a cross, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God (1 Peter 3:18)?
Yes.

Were all your sins, past, present and future, laid upon him and permanently dealt with as he died on that cross (Hebrews 10:14)?
Yes.

When God adopted you into His family, did He know fully and completely who you would become and what He was getting himself into (Ephesians 1:3-6)?
Yes.

Did Christ rise from the dead, conquering every enemy who would keep you from him, whether the grave, the devil or your own flesh (Colossians 2:13-15)?
Yes.

Did Christ stake his honour and glory on the promise that he will never cast away anyone that comes to him (John 6:37-40)?
Yes.

Does his steadfast love endure forever (Psalm 118:1-4)?
Yes.

Does his death in your place take away all unrighteousness and all shame (Romans 10:10-11)?
Yes.

Does eternal joy in communion with God await you when this life ends (Psalm 16:11)?
Yes.

Will he who began a good work in you see it through to the very end (Philippians 1:6)?
Yes.

As you serve his kingdom, will he be with you to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20)?
Yes.

ARE ALL GOD’S PROMISES “YES” IN HIM (2 Corinthians 1:19-20)?
YES.

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