Many of us aren’t familiar with this idea of catechism (I admit, I’ve only learned of it since becoming a parent). Mentioning it to some people, I sometimes hear, “Isn’t that a Catholic thing?” The word catechsim comes from the Greek “katecheo” which means oral teaching. Catechism is a way to teach the basic doctrines and principles of faith to children in question and answer form, and yes, Protestants have been doing it for hundreds of years.
For our summer break, we’ve come up with a very basic catechism that will help kids learn the gospel through the four major parts of God’s big story: Creation, Fall, Redemption and New Creation. This is not an exhaustive catechism. It’s more to help families get their feet wet with this practice. The idea is to learn one question and answer per day and review the previous day’s questions and answers as you go. There will be five questions per week for the next four weeks, so by the end of it your child can possibly know the answers to twenty questions.
This week, the questions will be based on the Fall of Man.
1. What is sin?
Sin is loving other things more than God and breaking God’s good rules
Genesis 3, Genesis 4:7
2. How did the first sin change our friendship with others?
Sin makes it hard to love and trust others. We want to put ourselves first.
3. How did the first sin change creation?
God’s good creation became broken and fallen.
Genesis 3:17-18, Romans 8:20
4. How did the first sin change our friendship with God?
We became God’s enemies, separated from His friendship.
Romans 1:18, Romans 5:10
5. What did the first sin cause in the world?
Death. Without God’s help we die apart from Him.
Romans 5:12, 2 Thessalonians 1:9
Next Week: Redemption
These questions will also be available on cards at the weekend gatherings in the check in area or the Help Desk. Also available are sermon note templates for elementary students who will be in gatherings with their parents.