INtroduction to 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?

  1. Because Children Will Not Learn Truth on Their Own. (Romans 10:14) , 
  2. Because God Commands Parents to Teach Biblical Truth to Their Children. (Ephesians 6:4) 
  3. Because They are Immersed in a Culture Which is Anti-Christian. (1 Corinthians 1:18) 
  4. Because Satan is Real and Trying to Destroy Our Children. (John 10:10) 
  5. Because One Day It Will Be Too Late. (Matthew 24:36, 42). 

New City Catechism

  • Q1: What is our only hope in life and Death?

    That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.

         

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  • Q2: What is God?

    God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.


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  • Q3: How Many Persons Are There in God?

    There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.


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  • Q4: How and why did God create us

    God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.


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  • Q5: What Else Did God Create?

    God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.


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