The New City Catechism is a modern-day resource aimed at helping children and adults alike learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith via 52 questions and answers.

The New City Catechism is a modern-day resource aimed at helping children and adults alike learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith via 52 questions and answers.

Today many churches, including The Compass, publish “Statements of Faith” that outline their beliefs, as seen in the nine dots of The Compass Church icon. 

In the past, it was expected that documents of this nature would be so biblically rich and carefully crafted that they would be memorized and used for Christian growth and training. They were written in the form of questions and answers, and were called “catechisms” (from the Greek “katechein," which means “to teach orally or to instruct by word of mouth”). The Heidelberg Catechism of 1563 and Westminster Shorter and Larger catechisms of 1648 are among the best known, and they serve as the doctrinal standards of many churches in the world today.

The New City Catechism is based on and adapted from Calvin’s Geneva Catechism, the Westminster Shorter and Larger catechisms, and especially the Heidelberg Catechism. This gives good exposure to some of the riches and insights across the spectrum of the great Reformation-era catechisms, the hope being that it will encourage each of us to delve into the historic catechisms and continue the catechetical process throughout our lives.

It is divided into three parts to make it easier to learn in sections and to include some helpful divisions:

  • Part 1:  God, creation and fall, law (twenty questions)
  • Part 2:  Christ, redemption, grace (fifteen questions)
  • Part 3:  Spirit, restoration, growing in grace (seventeen questions)

As with most traditional catechisms, a Bible verse accompanies each question and answer. In addition, each question and answer is followed by a short commentary taken from the writings or sayings of a past preacher as well as a commentary from a contemporary preacher to help you meditate on and think about the topic being explored. Each question ends with a short, original prayer.

At each of our Sunday gatherings throughout the year, we will be reviewing the past week’s Catechism and listen to a short video on that particular week.

There is a terrific app that you can follow as you learn The New City Catechism.

 

 
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For more information about The New City Catechism, visit newcitycatechism.com