Maturing In Their Faith
As the next generation grows and matures, they will no doubt bump up against the “catechisms” of the world: Q. Who should you live for? A. I should be true to myself. Q. What is the meaning of life? A. To be happy.
How can we help our young people develop a biblical worldview—the worldview of Jesus? Shorter Catechism provides a deep roadmap into the Kingdom vision of the Bible.
- Q. What is the chief end of man?
- A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.
- Q. What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
- A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.
By studying these truths—especially in community using Digging Deeper—we can engage with God’s Word together, applying these concepts to our everyday lives. We think about Jesus, who asked his listeners questions to reveal the innermost depths of their hearts and to see their need for him. By using the framework set out by godly saints now in the “cloud of witnesses,” we can disciple teens and adults into a deeper relationship with our triune God.
From Their First Words
This discipleship can start from their earliest days. When our little ones start saying those first precious words—mama, dada, no!, mine!—it’s also the time we begin to teach them faith words: God, Jesus, pray, love, sin, cross. Yes, even kids as young as two can learn BIG Bible truths.
First Catechism is a great way to introduce these words and is an introduction to the Shorter Catechism. It’s 150 simple questions and answers that teach deep Bible truths. Think about it: Kids love to ask questions, right? Why is the sky blue? Why do people get sick? Do I have to invite her to my birthday party?
With catechism, we ask our kids important questions and, even before they know what the words mean, they can answer with a theological depth that lays a foundation to build upon as we disciple them. For example:
- Q. What else did God make?
- A. God made all things.
- Q. Why did God make you and all things?
- A. For his own glory.
Wow, such profound truths through simple words! Melissa Kruger, a writer and educator, summarizes what catechism does this way:
- Simplifies complex truths
- Teaches the language of the Church
- Prepares children to answer
- Provides a treasure map to follow
- Becomes a precious time of family fellowship
Psalm 78 reminds all of us to tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, his might, and the wonders he has done. How exciting to have easy tools that allow our families to teach profound truths in simple ways.
Kids’ Quest Catechism Club is a great curriculum for both preschool and elementary to teach these essential Bible truths through Bible stories, games, and memorization. Digging Deeper explores Shorter Catechism in two years—an excellent discipleship resource for both teens and anyone wanting to know more about the Christian faith.