BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR STUDENTS
Located in the room off the cafe
The source material for our teaching is the New City Catechism which uses simple language to teach the scriptures in a systematic way. Check out the New City Catechism here.
10:10am Homework/ Scripture memorization for the next week
God, Creation, Fall & Law
April 30th – June 25th
Christ, Redemption & Grace
Sept 10 – Nov 24th
Spirit, Restoration & growing in grace
Jan 14th – March 4th
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WHY OFFER BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR STUDENTS?
The classic ‘catechisms’ of the past are documents that are biblically rich and carefully crafted so they could be memorized and used for Christian growth and training.
They were written in the form of questions and answers. The word ‘catechism’ is from the Greek word ‘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 today.
The classic catechisms take students through the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer—a perfect balance of biblical theology, practical ethics, and spiritual experience.
Also, the catechetical discipline of memorization drives concepts deeper into the heart and naturally holds students more accountable to master the material than do typical discipleship courses. Finally, the practice of question-answer recitation brings instructors and students into a naturally interactive, dialogical process of learning.
Catechisms were written with 3 purposes:
(1) The first was to set forth a comprehensive exposition of the gospel—not only in order to explain clearly what the gospel is, but also to lay out the building blocks on which the gospel is based, such as the biblical doctrines of God, of human nature, of sin, and so forth.
(2) The second purpose was to do this exposition in such a way that the heresies, errors, and false beliefs of the time and culture were addressed and counteracted.
(3) The third and more pastoral purpose was to form a distinct people, a counterculture that reflected the likeness of Christ not only in individual character but also in the church’s communal life.
When looked at together, these three purposes explain why new catechisms must be written. While our exposition of gospel doctrine must be in line with older catechisms that are true to the Word, culture changes, and so do the errors, temptations, and challenges to the unchanging gospel that people must be equipped to face and answer.
If we re-engage in this biblical practice in our churches, we will find again God’s Word “dwelling in us richly” (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.