The New City Catechism Devotional: God's Truth for Our Hearts and Minds

General Editor Collin Hansen, Introduction by Timothy Keller

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In centuries past, the church used catechisms to teach foundational Christian doctrines. In today’s world of shifting beliefs, this communal practice of learning biblical truth via questions and answers is more needed than ever before.

Seeking to restore this ancient method of teaching to the regular life of the church, The New City Catechism Devotional is a gospel-centered, modern-day resource that not only summarizes important Christian beliefs through fifty-two questions and answers but also helps readers be transformed by those doctrines.

Each question features a relevant Scripture reading, a short prayer, and a 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.

Published in partnership with the Gospel Coalition.

Product Details

Category: Theology
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 240
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 16.23 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5503-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5503-9
ISBN-UPC: 9781433555039
Case Quantity: 40
Published: April 30, 2017

Table of Contents

Introduction by Timothy Keller

Part 1: God, Creation and Fall, Law (Questions 1–20)
Part 2: Christ, Redemption, Grace (Questions 21–35)
Part 3: Spirit, Restoration, Growing in Grace (Questions 36–52)

Historical Commentators
Contemporary Contributors


“Looking through The New City Catechism Devotional, I am moved. This new teaching tool is more than interesting; it is stirring. Why? Because it makes glorious theology readily accessible to us all. We can stand against the man-centered worldview coming at us only with an alternative, God-centered worldview, a total seeing of reality with new eyes. Piecemeal theology will not help us. But a comprehensive theology can strengthen us for our times. The task of teaching that new worldview just became easier for every pastor, every parent, and every teacher, thanks to The New City Catechism. It is a significant step forward in the gospel resurgence of our times.”
Ray Ortlund, President, Renewal Ministries

“Simply written, accessibly presented, and with a wealth of wisdom from different cultures and centuries, this devotional does not just teach God’s Word—it delights in it. All Christians would benefit from considering these questions and reflecting on the answers.”
Andrew Wilson, Teaching Pastor, King’s Church London

“If the word catechism makes your eye twitch, twitch no more. The New City Catechism Devotional offers teachers, parents, and those young in their faith a tool that communicates basic doctrine in fifty-two straightforward steps. Harmonizing wisdom from voices both ancient and modern, it invites us to methodically internalize the categories by which we understand our faith, reechoing the good news for a new generation of believers. I am grateful for this resource.”
Jen Wilkin, Bible teacher; author, Women of the Word; None Like Him; and In His Image

“One of the best ways to use our time in this age is to pass on our faith to others. I am always on the lookout for ways to help me in my effort in explaining Christianity to my children and my neighbors. If you have longed for more confidence in answering spiritual questions while staying faithful to the Word of God, then catechetical instruction will help you tremendously. If you yourself are the one asking the questions, look no further. The New City Catechism Devotional is perhaps the most concise and accessible resource I have read—the questions are immediately relevant in every culture, the language is easily understood or translatable, and the brilliance of the gospel radiates in every page.”
Gloria Furman, author, Labor with Hope and Missional Motherhood

The New City Catechism Devotional is a beautifully written, gospel-focused guide to Christian life and doctrine. This catechism is just as useful in family devotions or in workplace discipleship as in the pulpit or in church small groups.”
Russell Moore, Editor in Chief, Christianity Today

“I have used catechisms as both a pastor and a father, and have some familiarity with a number of catechisms old and new, but I’ve never seen anything like this. The New City Catechism Devotional is unique in many ways. As the title indicates, this little book can serve as both a catechism and a devotional, and it fills both roles very well. The theological breadth and depth of the devotional writers is perhaps the book’s greatest asset, a strength enhanced by the wide variety of trusted older writers quoted in the brief commentary that follows each catechism question. Designed to accommodate both Baptist and paedobaptist contexts, it can be used by individuals, families, and churches. Personal devotions, family worship, or classes for new Christians, new church members, or established church members would all be ideal settings for The New City Catechism Devotional. I hope it enjoys a widespread acceptance and implementation.”
Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and John H. Powell Endowed Chair of Pastoral Ministry, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life; Praying the Bible; and Family Worship

“Catechisms have proved to be some of the greatest tools the church can employ for teaching and propagating the Christian faith. Yet, despite its rich tradition and history of fruitfulness, catechesis has become an all-too-neglected practice today. The New City Catechism seeks to revive this practice and add to its long history. In these pages, students of Christ will find not only The New City Catechism, but also rich devotions for their souls to feed upon. These commentaries (written by gifted preachers of today and those of previous ages), heartfelt prayers, and the theological precision of The New City Catechism will benefit all saints seeking to grow in their love and knowledge of God and his truth.”
Jason Helopoulos, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan; author, Covenantal Baptism; The New Pastor’s Handbook; and The Promise