Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Should Protestants Catechize?

When many hear the word "catechize" they tend to think of Roman Catholicism. But to "catechize" is simply to teach through the method of questions and answers. For example from First Catechism (for children):
Q. Who made you?
A. God made me.
The use of the catechism provides a simple and effective way to ground believers of all ages in the Christian faith. For more information on why we should catechize, see this month's feature article at the OPC website, "Why Catechize?," which is a slightly modernized reproduction of "A Preliminary Discourse to Catechising," by Thomas Watson, which is taken from his Body of Divinity (a collection of 176 sermons on the Shorter Catechism).

If you have not used the catechism before and are interested but don't know where to begin, then here are some suggestions:
1. For young children: First Catechism (for other helpful materials for children and parents see Great Commission Publications)

2. For adolescents and adults: Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms and the Heidelberg Catechism

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