What is a catechism?
It is a teaching tool to learn the basic teachings of Christianity. Laid out in a Q&A format, the catechism is designed to easily facilitate grasping the basics of the Christian faith.
New City Catechism is comprised of 52 questions and answers, one question and answer for each week of the year, making it simple and achievable even for people with demanding schedules.
It is a joint adult and children's catechism
In other words, the same questions are asked of both children and adults, and the children's answer is always part of the adult answer.
This means that as parents are teaching it to their children they are learning their answer to the question at the same time, albeit an abridged version.
The adult answer is always an expanded version of the children's answer. In the adult version the children's answer appears in color to differentiate it from the longer adult answer.
New City Catechism is based on and adapted from Calvin's Geneva Catechism, the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms, and especially the Heidelberg Catechism, giving 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 3 parts to make it easier to learn in sections and to include some helpful divisions:
- PART 1 = God, creation and fall, law (20 questions);
- PART 2 = Christ, redemption, grace (15 questions);
- PART 3 = Spirit, restoration, growing in grace (17 questions).
Click here to access the web-based version of the catechism.
Click here to download a pdf version.
Click here to get the App for the catechism (iPhone & iPad).