Last week Tim Keller asked “Why Catechesis Now?”
TGC explains that catechisms have at least three purposes:
- Comprehensively explain the gospel, including the building blocks on which the gospel is based.
- Address and counteract the heresies, errors, and false beliefs of our time and culture.
- Form a distinct people, a counter-culture that reflects the likeness of Christ individually and communally.
The New City Catechism adapts three other catechisms:
- Calvin’s Geneva Catechism
- the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms
- the Heidelberg Catechism
- It has 52 Q&As, one for each week of the year.
- The answers have two levels: a simpler version and a more complex one (e.g., for children and adults).
- Each Q&A includes commentary from a historical preacher and a short video from a TGC council member or pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
- The catechism is available online.
- The Q&As are available in a 7-page PDF.
- The interactive iPad app is free.
- You can change the settings online and in the iPad app:
5 Related Resources
Four recent books:
- DeYoung, Kevin. The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism. Chicago: Moody, 2010. (Cf. the first ever rap song about the Heidelberg Catechism.)
- Johnston, Mark G. Our Creed: For Every Culture and for Every Generation. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2012.
- Piper, John, ed. A Baptist Catechism. Minneapolis: Desiring God, 2012. (Free 40-page PDF)
- Trueman, Carl R. The Creedal Imperative. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012.
Questions with Answers by Dana Dirksen
(From #3 in “Bible Memory for Young Children“)
A mother and her children sing Bible verses and Q&A taken from a digest of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Stephen Hildebrandt’s The Catechism for Young People). Some are more catchy than others (e.g., “How can you glorify God,” sample 3 here).