New City Catechism
Starting in January 2019, we will begin teaching through a 52 question catechism for both children (in children's church) and adults.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of catechism, it is basically a question and answer format for teaching the truths of the Bible. It has been used by the church almost from the very beginning.
There are also several related resources available for you to be able to study these catechisms outside of the "classroom" or to use in family devotions on a weekly basis. Check out newcitycatechism.com for a list of the questions and answers, devotional material, a song to go with the children's answers, and other books that are available.
From the Introduction of New City Catechism Page by Timothy Keller - Click Here to view page
"In his letter to the Galatians Paul writes, “Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches” (Gal. 6:6). The Greek word for “the one who is taught” is katechoumenos, one who is catechized. In other words, Paul is talking about a body of Christian doctrine (catechism) that was taught to them by an instructor (here the word catechizer). The words “all good things” probably mean financial support as well. In this light, the word koinoneo—which means “to share” or “to have fellowship”—becomes even richer. The salary of a Christian teacher is not to be seen simply as a payment but a “fellowship.” Catechesis is not just one more service to be paid for, but is a rich fellowship and mutual sharing of the gifts of God.
If we re-engage in this biblical practice in our churches, we will find again God’s Word “dwelling in us richly” (see Col. 3:16), because the practice of catechesis takes truth deep into our hearts, so we think in biblical categories as soon as we can reason."