First sentence: "Catechism--with our kids?" Years ago that was my response when someone suggested that we begin doing a catechism with our very young, very active boys. But, to my amazement, it was a truly wonderful experience.
The New City Catechism is a CATECHISM written for adults with children in mind. Do you have to have children in your life to benefit from The New City Catechism? NO. I wouldn't think that's a must. But if you do have children in your life--your own children, grandchildren, or students in a Sunday School or VBS environment--I highly recommend this as a must-have resource.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.Deuteronomy 11:18-21:
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.Psalm 145:4
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.Each spread includes a question--there are fifty-two questions in all--an answer, a supporting Scripture passage, and a tiny icon. The icons represent "a response to God that flows from each question." There is a key to the illustrated icons. The icons are awe, forgiveness, gratitude, honesty, hope, humility, joy, love, perseverance, and trust. The book includes a list of memorization tips.
For very young children, there is an abbreviated answer to each question--this abbreviation is highlighted.
I would also recommend that parents download the FOUR FREE musical albums that go with the New City Catechism. There are songs for each question and answer.
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.
Scripture Passage: Romans 14:7-8; Icon: Forgiveness
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.
Scripture Passage: Psalm 86:8-10, 15; Icon: Awe
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible