I’m looking forward to our church’s next class, “Grounded in the Gospel,” beginning this Sunday at 8:30am. If you’re planning to attend, but haven’t signed up, please do so here.
Together, we’ll be learning and memorizing The New City Catechism (NCC), which I’ve selected because of its reliability and accessibility. It is comprised of 52 questions and answers, and each answer has a condensed version for small children to memorize.
This catechism is available online for free, here. As well, there is a free app available for download. The catechism can be ordered in book form at Amazon, where there is also a devotional available.
The following is an excerpt from Tim Keller’s Introduction to the NCC.
“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 people to delve into the historic catechisms and continue the catechetical process throughout their 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 students meditate on and think about the topic being explored. Each question ends with a short, original prayer.”