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 character of God and Creation.
1. Who made everything?
God made everything and His creation was very good.
(Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:31)
2. How many gods are there?
There is only one God.
(Deut 6:4, James 2:19)
3. How many persons are the one God?
Three. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
(The Father is God, the Son is God [John 1:1], the Holy Spirit is God [Acts 5:3-4])
4. Why did God make everything?
For His glory, His greatness shining in the world.
(Psalm 19:1, Isaiah 43:7, Revelation 4:11)
5. What did God make to reflect His glory?
God made people, male and female in His image.
Next Week: Fall
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.