What is a Catechism and Why Should We Use It?
“These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
— Deuteronomy 6:6-7
A catechism is a way of teaching the doctrines of the Christian faith in a systematic way using a series of questions and answers. Our English word, catechism, comes from katecheo, a Greek word used in the New Testament, meaning to teach in a systematic manner. Knowing the doctrines of the Christian faith is important for all believers.
“Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me…” (2nd Timothy 1:13)
The key is to review the material over and over again until it is mastered. Not to be able to quote every answer, but demonstrate a clear understanding of each question and answer.
Read more about teaching and family instruction in Deuteronomy 6:6-7.
(Partially taken from “Know the Truth:60 Questions and Answers on Christian Beliefs” from First Baptist Church in Tallassee, Alabama; Based on the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message)