When you hear the word catechism you might get a mental picture of 1st Century Christian leaders debating what they would believe as a church. Or maybe you think of Catholicism. Perhaps you get a little nervous, like a 4th grade student at a spelling bee, as if you will have to stand in front of the church and properly recite the church by-laws. It’s also likely you have never even heard the word catechism.
But catechism is not scary, and should not be reserved for the ultra religious. By definition, catechism is simply, “a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians.”
Catechism is a series of questions and concise answers; they are easily memorized, and can teach believers young and old the basics of our faith. It is an easy way to learn doctrine.
The Bible instructs us to learn God’s Word:
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15
The Bible also speaks of the importance of doctrine:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
II Timothy 3:16
Over the course of 2014 we will work on catechism as a church family. Each week in our newsletter we will post a question and answer; we encourage families and friends to work on memorizing them together. As the year progresses we hope that you will review previous weeks to reinforce the doctrine. This process will build a sturdy foundation on which you can stand, and it will establish (or strengthen) a biblical worldview.
In addition to the questions and answers, there will be a brief commentary each week right here to help explain the concept in greater detail.
We are looking forward to this endeavor, and we pray that 2014 will be a year that Christians will be strengthened in what they believe. Please join us in this catechism.