The Lost Art of Catechesis
Throughout the history of the church, Christians have used catechisms—collections of questions and answers designed for memorization and recitation—to teach others the core doctrines of the faith. The New City Catechism is a modern day resource aimed at reintroducing this ancient method of teaching to Christians today.
This short book lays out 52 questions and answers related to God, human nature, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and more. Whether used devotionally, recited orally, or memorized over the course of a year, families, churches, small groups, and Christian schools will treasure this as a valuable tool for teaching the core doctrines of the Christian faith to children and adults alike.
Crossway is also excited to announce the release of The New City Catechism Devotional: God's Truth for Our Hearts and Minds, a companion resource featuring all of the catechism questions and answers from The New City Catechism, along with short prayers and devotional commentary written by contemporary pastors (including John Piper, Timothy Keller, and Kevin DeYoung) and historical figures (such as Augustine, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and many others).
Designed for use in a variety of contexts, The New City Catechism Devotional is a valuable resource for helping believers learn and meditate on the doctrines that stand at the heart of the Christian faith.
The Vision Behind This Resource
In the videos below, pastor Tim Keller shares about the history of the catechism, why they are valuable, how they can be used, and his heart for this project.
Catechesis—from a Greek word meaning "instruction by mouth"— is a historic teaching method of giving Christians the language with which to articulate the basic tenets of faith.
Catechesis helps us grow in and meditate on the truths of God in Scripture.
Catechism benefits adults and children alike by giving them a deeper understanding of theology and the ability to communicate those beliefs well.