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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  • Q6: How can we Glorify God?

    We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.


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  • Q7: What Does the Law of God Require

    Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done. 


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  • Q8: What Is the Law of God Stated in the Ten Commandments?

    You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below—you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

         

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  • Q9: What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

    First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.


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  • Q10: What Does God Require in the Fourth and Fifth Commandments?

    Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.


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  • Q11: What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

    Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.


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  • Q12: What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

    Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.


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  • Q13: Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

    Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed.


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  • Q14: Did God Create Us Unable to Keep His Law?

    No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.


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