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Author: Byfield, Richard, 1598?-1664.
Title: A candle lighted at the lampe of sacred scriptures. Or, A catechisme conteining all truths fundamentall, and none but fundamentalls. By Richard Bifield, minister of Gods word, and pastor in Long Dutton..

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Byfield, Richard, 1598?-1664.

Imprinted at London: [s.n.], 1627.
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Catechisms, English -- Early works to 1800.
Bible -- Examinations, questions, etc -- Early works to 1800.
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A Precept to Parents.
To children and seruants.
TO THE CHILDREN AND youth of Long-Ditton, Kingston vp∣on Thames, and East Molsey: Grace be vnto you and peace, from him which was, and which is, & which is to come.
A CANDLE LIGHT∣ed, at the Lampe of Sacred Scriptures.
The first part conteining the grounds of Faith.
Quest. How was all Scripture of the old and new Testament given?
Q. Hath God revealed all things there∣in necessary to salvation?
Q. May a simple man learne so much by them?
Q. Seeing they are so plaine in all ne∣cessary truthes, tell me what they teach you concerning God?
Q. What else?
Q What is this one God who is three in persons?
Q. Wherein did God manifest his wis∣dome power & goodnes?
Q. How did he make man?
Q. What was this image chiefly?
Q Did man remaine thus righteous?
Q▪ How did they fall?
Q But that they sinned and fell, what is that to vs?
Q. What is our estate then by nature?
Q. What is sinne?
Q What is the wages of sinn?
Q When God had made the world. doth he leaue it without regard?
Q. Doth this his prouidence reach to all?
Q. He saueth then both man & beast?
Q. Yet many miseries befall men?
Q. But if the Lord guide all, how com∣eth sinne into the world, is he the author of sinne?
Q. God is holy then, when we are wick∣ed: what shall be come of man?
Q. Who is the Christ, the Sonne of God that was promised should come into the world?
Q. What was his office?
Q. Did any helpe in this worke?
Q. Were our workes or ought in vs, the cause of this salvation?
Q. How then are we saued by Christ?
Q. How came we to vnderstand this?
Q. When?
Q. But our sins separat God & vs?
Q. But the enemies of our saluation, he flesh the world & the diuel are mighty?
Q. What kind of Kingdome is his?
Q. Who may be subiects this king∣ome?
Q. How long lasteth it?
Q. When was he ordained of God to this great worke?
Q. When was he manifested?
Q. How?
Q. How did he become flesh?
Q. He was not then sinfull as we are?
Q. That he is righteous, what is that to vs?
Q. What else did he for vs and for our saluation?
Q. That was an accurssed death?
Q, Did he suffer any thing else?
Q: Was nthing here to be considered but the mallice of the Iewes▪
Q Why was the Lord pleased thus to brus him?
Q. What benefite reape we thereby?
Q. Was he holden downe of death?
Q. What followed after his resurrecti∣on▪
Q. What is that glory the father hath bestowed on him?
Q. How long must he thus sit?
Q. What is his speciall worke now at the right hand of his Father?
Q. For whom maketh he request?
Q. Doe not Angels and Saints make intercession for vs?
Q. How long must the heauens re∣ceiue our Sauiour?
Q. When shall that be?
Q. Shall their be such a day?
Q. When shall this be?
Q. Who shall be iudge?
Q. Who shall be iudged?
Q. Of what shall they be iudged?
Q. How shall men receiue their iudg∣ment?
Q. Well is it with them that are in Christ, for to them is no condemnation: who are in him?
Q. What is this Spirit?
Q. Where might wee pertake of this spirit?
Q. What is his speciall and peculiar worke in them that shall be saued?
Q. What else doth he?
Q. How?
Q. What is sanctfication?
Q. Is this of absolute necessity?
Q. Are any perfectly holy in this life?
Q. May one then haue a good hart to God who is of an euill life?
Q. Can such sinne to death?
Q: What is the chiefe grace of the spi∣rit in our new birth?
Q. What is faith?
Q. How doth the Holy Ghost work this faith in vs?
Q. In whom is this sanctification of the spirit and beleife of the truth wrought?
Q. Is faith a common guift?
Q. What moued God to chuse some & passe by others?
Q. How doth he bring his chosen to saluation?
Q. What are those his chosen called?
Q. Was there euer a church of God vp∣on earth, and shall there bee so to the end?
Q. How is this Church noted out?
Q. How else?
Q. Who is the head of this Church?
Q. What is the condition of the Church in this life?
Q. Doth the benefit of Christ death & resurrection belong to all?
Q. Where is this Church to be found?
Q. What is the signe of a true visible Church?
Q. Is there not vnity in the Church?
Q. What ariseth hence?
Q. What speciall benefit is purchased by Christ, and conferred on his Church in this life.
Q. But the Church is holy?
Q. Must every member of the Church know that he is a sinner?
Q. What is this forgiuenes?
Q. May these that haue their sinnes forgiuen, liue as they list?
Q. What is in man to moue God to forgiue?
Q. Can this stand with his iustice, to account a sinner righteous he being yet a sinner?
Q. How are we made partakers of this righteousnes of Christ?
Q. Doth not God iustifie vs for our works?
Q. What is the fruite of this iustifica∣tion by faith?
Q Who are appoynted of God to dispense this grace?
Q. What benefite do we beleeue we shall receiue from Christ in another world?
Q. Is life eternall the wages of righte∣ousnes: as death is the wages of sinne?
Q. How hath God confirmed to vs this mercy and redemption wrought by Iesus Christ, for the strengthning of our faith?
Q. What are those Seales?
Q. What is a Sacrament?
Q. What is this righteousnesse of faith?
Q. How are the Sacraments to be v∣sed by vs.
Q. What is the outward signe in Bap∣tisme?
Q. What is signifyed and sealed hereby to the beleeuing penitent?
Q. What else doth baptisme assure vs of?
Q. What is the outward signe in the Lordes supper?
Q. What is signifyed & sealed hereby?
Q. Is it enough to receiue the bread and wine?
Q. What is then to be done before we come?
Q. And what are you to do in receiuing?
Q. How ought you to bee affected to∣wards the godly?
Q. What is to be done after you haue receiued?
Q. How must our thirst after this Sa∣crament bee raised in vs?
Q. What is the force of it?
Q. What els might excite this thirstin vs?
The second part conteining the rules of life.
Q. What doth the grace of God which bringeth saluation teach vs?
Q. How may I know godlinesse from vngodlinesse, and worldly lusts from righ∣teousnesse and sobriety?
Q. But we are not vnder the law, but under grace?
Q. Giue me the summe of the ten Com∣mandements?
Q Rehearse the first Commandement?
Q. What is here required?
Q. What is it to haue God for our God
Q. What hath the knowledge of God in the nature of it.
Q. What hath faith in it?
Q. What is the nature of loue?
Q. That mst needes breede delight: what is found in the nature thereof?
Q. What is in the feare you spake of?
Q. What is the nature of hope?
Q. How are these graces exercised?
Q. How is the truth of them tried?
Q. How are they preserued?
Q▪ What is the due proportion they ought to haue?
Q. What is the second thing required in the first Commendement?
Q. What is then charged on vs?
Q. What is the third thing required?
Q. What then is charged on vs:
Q. Tell me generally what is condemned herein.
Q. Rehearse the second Commandement?
Q. What is forbidden in this precept?
Q. When is a man said to make to him∣selfe any thing?
Q. What is meant by Grauen Image?
Q. What is condemned in those wordes, thou shalt not bow to them, nor serue them.
Q. Tell me then what is here required?
Q. What else?
Q. And what else?
Q. Rehearse the third Commandement.
Q. What doth this Commandement di∣rect vs vnto?
Q. What is meant by the name of God?
Q. When are wee said to take vp his name.
Q. And what is it to take it vp in vaine.
Q. Tell me then what is here charged vpon vs?
Q. What is condemned?
Q. When is swearing prophane?
Q. May we be guilty herein any other way?
Q. What else is condemned?
Q. Rehearse the fourth Commande∣ment?
Q. What is the intent of this Comman∣dement?
Q. To whom is it chiefly giuen?
Q. What is inioyned therein?
Q. How is the day to be kept?
Q. What are the workes of holinesse?
Q. When are they done in a Sabbath-like manner?
Q. What are required as meanes to sanctifie this day?
Q▪ What are the open breaches of the Sabbath?
Q What are the secret breaches which are no regared?
Q▪ These foure Commandemets teach our duty to God, what is taught in the sixe following?
Q. And who is our neighbour?
Q. How is this loue shewed?
Q. Rehearse the fift Commandement?
Q. Is any thing meant by father and mother more then our naturall parents?
Q. What is meant by honour?
Q. By this me thinks the beames of fa∣therhood are light, though diuersely, vp∣on all?
Q. Why then is the Commandement giuen to children and parents chiefely▪
Q Tell me then what owe parnts to their children?
Q. And what is the honour children owe to their parents?
Q. Seeing all gouernours are called pa∣rents, and the gouerned are children, doe they owe in some measure the like dueties each to other?
Q. Rehearse the six Commandement?
Q. Is any thing condemned here be∣sides the embruing of the hands in blood?
Q. Which way are we selfe-murtherers besides by laying violent hands upon our selues?
Q. All this is against our bodily life: How doe we kill our soules?
Q. Wherein may wee be murtherers of our neighbour?
Q. What is the murther of the heart?
Q. What is the murher in the gestures?
Q. What words are murtherous.
Q. And who murthers him in his deeds?
Q. Are there not some degrees of mur∣ther more directly against the bodies of our neighbours.
Q. Who more especially must beware of killing?
Q. How are we guilty of murthering the soule of our neighbour?
Q. Who in speciall must take heede of soule-murther?
Q. Is it vnlawfull to wrong a priuate man, and may we wrong societies?
Q. How are they wronged chi▪
Q. How else?
Q. How in warre?
Q. May any wrong bee offered to our neighbours dead;
Q. You said that cruelty towards the beasts is condemned?
Q. Rehearse the seauenth Commande∣ment.
Q. What is condemned vnder adultery?
Q. What else?
Q. What else is condemned?
Q. Are there not some monstrous trans∣gressions condemned here?
Q. To auoide these euills more to keepe chastity in body and spirit, and to possesse our vessells in holinesse and honour. R∣hearse the eight Commandement?
Q. What is here charged vpon vs?
Q. What is stealing?
Q. How doe men steale from God?
Q. How do men steale from themselues?
Q. How steale we from our neighbors by withholding more then is meete?
Q. How steale we by taking away?
Q. By these sinnes we may easily know the contrary dueties enioyned. Rehe the ninth Commandement?
Q. What wayes may this be done?
Q. Out of iudgement how?
Q. In iudgement how.
Q. Who lse bareth false witnesse▪
Q. Rehearse the tenth Commandement
Q. What is meant by coueting?
Q. Why is there added, thy neighbors wife, his seruant, his maid, his oxe or asse, or any thing that is his▪
Q. What is here required▪
Q. You haue vnfolded the precepts of the Law: Giue me now the precepts of the Gos∣pell
Q. How is this worke to be done?
Q. What is the second precept?
Q. What is here to be done?
Q. How may this faith and repentance be wrought in vs?
Q. How may they be encreased?
Q. How may wee know our encrease of faith and repentance?
Q. Through whom must out prayers be offered vp to Gd?
Q. What is the rule of prayer?
Q. Rehease it?
Q. When must we pray?
Q. Where?
Q. What is a fourth precept of the Gospell?
Q. How must this loue be manifested?
Q. What must be auoided that we may keepe and expresse this loue?
Q. What is a Saint?
Q. What is the sixt precept?
Q. What is a seuenth?
Q. What is the eight you may giue;
Q. What is the ninth?
Q. How?
Q. What is the tenth?
Q. What direction is giuen to dis∣charge this sincerely?
Q. What comfort haue we in this worke?