One thing that we are committed to as a church – and specifically in our kid’s ministry – is to equip parents to disciple their children. A couple hundred years ago Christians viewed their family as a mini-church…a place where the gospel was taught AND put on display. The great American pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwards once said, “Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church, consecrated to Christ, and wholly influenced and governed by His rules. And family education and order are some of the chief means of grace. If these fail, all other means are likely to prove ineffectual”
To help you as parents see Edwards vision for the family fulfilled in your home we have adapted a catechism that we find helpful. We will be posting a section of this catechism for the next six weeks.
The goal: simply for you as a family to be talking about who God is and what He has done on a daily basis. The method: the questions are structured in a way to help you systematically work through key biblical concepts and beliefs. A few suggestions: use the time you naturally spend together as a family (the dinner table or riding in the car) to go through these questions with your kids – and note that each question has Bible verses linked to it to help you as a family study the Bible together.
Would you commit to taking the next six weeks and give this a try? Make sure to check our kids page each week. And remember…raising your children to love Jesus is a commitment that we as parents make every single day. Our prayer is that this resource will be a part of your families goal to see your children grow up and love Jesus.
1.Q. Who made you?
A. God made me (Gen 1:26, 27; 2:7; Eccl 12:1; Acts 17:24-29).
2.Q. What else did God make?
A. God made all things (Gen 1, esp. verses 1, 31; Acts 14:15; Rom 11:36; Col 1:16).
3.Q. Why did God make you and all things?
A. For his own glory (Ps 19:1; Jer 9:23, 24; Rev 4:11).
4.Q. How can you glorify God?
A. By loving him and doing what he commands (Eccl 12:13; Mk 12:29-31; Jn 15:8-10; 1 Cor 10:31).
5.Q. Why should you to glorify God?
A. Because he made me and takes care of me (Rom 11:36; Rev 4:11; cf. Dan 4:37).
6.Q. Are there more gods than one?
A. There is only one God (Deut 6:4; Jer 10:10; Mk 12:29; Acts 17:22-31).
7.Q. In how many persons does this one God exist?
A. In three persons (Mt 3:16, 17; Jn 5:23; 10:30; 14:9, 10; 15:26; 16:13-15; 1 Jn 5:20; Rev 1:4, 5).
8.Q. Who are they?
A. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 Pet 1:2; Jude 20, 21).
9.Q. Who is God?
A. God is a Spirit, and does not have a body like men (Jn 4:24; 2 Cor 3:17; 1 Tim 1:17).
10.Q. Where is God?
A. God is everywhere (Ps 139:7-12; Jer 23:23,24; Acts 17:27,28).
11.Q. Can you see God?
A. No. I cannot see God, but he always sees me (Ex 33:20; Jn 1:18; 1 Tim 6:16; Ps 139 esp. vv. 1-5: Pr 5:21; Heb 4:12, 13).
12.Q. Does God know all things?
A. Yes. Nothing can be hidden from God (1 Chron 28:9; 2 Chron 16:9; Lk 12:6, 7; Rom 2:16).
13.Q. Where do you learn how to love and obey God?
A. In the Bible alone (Job 11:7; Ps 119:104; Is 8:20; Mt 22:29; 2 Tim 3:15-17).
15.Q. Who wrote the Bible?
A. Holy men who were taught by the Holy Spirit (1 Pet 1:20, 21; Acts 1:16; 2 Tim 3:16; 1 Pet 1:10, 11).