More on Catechism

Beloved,

Catechism is simply one way to teach Biblical truth in an orderly way. It is usually done in a question and answer format.

Catechisms are nothing new to Baptist Churches. The English Baptists started using catechism in the late 1600’s while our Baptist forerunners adopted the use of catechism in America in 1742. Catechisms are a strategic and orderly way to pass on the key doctrines of the Christian faith. Look at the following verses:

Romans 6:17, “you have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were committed.”

1 Timothy 1:6, “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Jesus Christ, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.”

2 Timothy 1:13, “follow the pattern of sound words which you heard from me.

2 Thessalonians, “Stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us.”

It has always been the churches job to train the people in the words of the faith and in good doctrine. The catechism is a platform to train our church in this way. I want to return to our Baptist roots by passing on Christian doctrine to the next generation. Psalm 145:4, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”

Can I challenge you to memorize the catechism each week and recite it with your children and grandchildren? Use it as a tool to commend the works of the Lord to the next generation. Our children are learning “doctrine” in our schools and from our culture, but that doctrine often conflicts with the Holy Scriptures. So we must be diligent to train them the words of the faith and of good doctrine for the glory of God.

Steven Brazzell

Charlotte, NC