Several years ago our church began a journey to catechize ourselves and our children. This page is dedicated to that effort. Below is a brief overview of catechism followed by a blog post for each of the 52 questions of the New City Catechism.
What is a catechism? A catechism is a question and answer methodology for teaching doctrine.
Is there a Baptist history of using catechisms? Yes! Early Baptists used catechisms to teach the essentials of Christian faith to both children and new converts. The use of catechisms declined in Baptist faith (and other denominations as well) beginning in the early 20th century. However, many Baptists are returning to the rich tradition of using the catechism to teach doctrine to their children.
Is the catechism Biblical? Yes! The word catechize comes from the Greek word, katecheo, meaning to teach or train. We see a consistent pattern through the gospels, the book of Acts, and the epistles of teaching and training believers in the gospel and doctrines of Jesus Christ. The catechism is a tool to conduct this teaching and training.
Why New City Catechism? We selected New City Catechism because it is Biblically-sound and simple to use. Additionally, New City Catechism has several resources including apps, songs, videos, and more.
Why should I catechize my children?
- Because Children Will Not Learn Truth on Their Own. (Romans 10:14) ,
- Because God Commands Parents to Teach Biblical Truth to Their Children. (Ephesians 6:4)
- Because They are Immersed in a Culture Which is Anti-Christian. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
- Because Satan is Real and Trying to Destroy Our Children. (John 10:10)
- Because One Day It Will Be Too Late. (Matthew 24:36, 42).