Monday, February 8, 2010

Catechisms Anyone??

We have started catechisms with our family, so the kids can really hide God's word in their heart and really KNOW why we believe what we believe!

"These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." - Deuteronomy 6:6-7

A catechism is a way of teaching the doctrines of the Christian faith in a systematic way using a series of questions and answers.

We are taking one question per week, so the kids can really understand, take it in and memorize the scripture. There are 60 all together, so it may take us a while, but we'll go through them all and when they are finished.....they will know all the answers to "why we believe what we believe" and better yet.....WHERE it tells us so in God's Word!

Here is our Question for this week:

Question: Where do we learn about God, ourselves, and the world around us?
Answer: From the Bible
Scripture to Memorize: 2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness."

I would love to encourage you to start catechisms with your family, so your children can know why you believe what you believe and the scripture to back it up!

~ Betsy :)


  1. We started catechisms with the kids and the kids are really starting to understand basic truths of the Bible. When they pray, I've heard the truths from their memory lessons come out and see that it's reaching their heart.

  2. Betsy and Sharina,

    Just had to take a minute to let you know that the March 2010 issue of Christianity Today has an article on "The Lost Art of Cathechesis" by J.I. Packer and Gary A. Parrett.

    It's a resounding call for Evangelicals to return to teaching catechisms, so as to better pass on the essentials of Christian belief, prayer, worship, and behavior.

    That reminded me of one of my favorite catechism questions - Question 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism:

    Q: What is my only comfort in life and death?
    A: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.

    Now, that's true security for uncertain times!