Yesterday, Pastor Larry taught from 1 Timothy 1 about the importance of doctrine. Near the end, he touched on the importance for parents to be instructing their children in right doctrine. One great tool you can use to do this is called a “catechsim”–a way of teaching by using repeated questions and answers. Different catechisms have been used throughout the history of the church–some of which might seem outdated based on their language and content. But recently a few pastors worked together to release a new catechism, but one that is loyal to “the faith” that has been passed down for thousands of years. It’s called the “New City Catechism.” You can look at it by going to http://www.newcitycatechism.com/
It is set up really nicely! There are passages and even short videos attached to each question. There are apps you can download to use it on your devices. It has 52 questions, so your family could work on one each week for a year (that’s what us Goodwins are doing). It also has a kid version and an adult version–with the language of the kids’ answer also being contained in the adults’ answer.
For example, the first question is: What is our only hope in life and death?
The kids’ answer: That we are not our own, but belong to God
The adults’ answer: That we are not our own, but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.
Let’s not assume that our kids will just absorb right teaching. Let’s make sure they know it, and that they know it well–so that when they’re challenged with false teaching, they’ll have a standard by which to critique and judge it.