The New City Catechism
Throughout the history of the church, Christians have used catechisms—collections of questions and answers designed for memorization and recitation—to teach foundational Christian doctrines. In a world of shifting beliefs and obscured truth, this communal practice of learning biblical truth via questions and answers is more needed than ever before.
Comprising fifty-two questions and answers to be used devotionally, recited orally, or memorized over the course of a year, The New City Catechism & The New City Catechism Devotional are gospel-centered, modern-day resources that seek to restore this ancient method of oral, participatory, and communal teaching to the regular life of the church. Asking and answering questions related to God, human nature, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, and more, these unique resources not only guide and ground both children and adults in gospel truth, but also help to foster an abiding framework and delight in the work, attributes, and fellowship of God.
Whether used individually or as companion resources, among families, churches, individuals, schools, or homeschoolers, these two gospel-infused resources set forth a comprehensive exposition of the gospel that both addresses and counteracts false narratives and beliefs, as well as forms a counterculture that reflects the image of Christ in the character of the individual and the community of the church universal.
Based on and adapted from Calvin’s Geneva Catechism, the Westminster Shorter and Larger catechisms, and especially the Heidelberg Catechism, The New City Catechism is a modern day resource that provides wonderful exposure to many of the riches and insights across the spectrum of the great Reformation-era catechisms. Divided into three parts—God, creation and fall, law; Christ, redemption, grace; and Spirit, restoration, growing in grace—it offers a minimum core basic understanding of the theology of the Word of God that will enable believers to love doctrine and to always know how to appropriate every facet of God’s Word for everyday life.
Laying out fifty-two questions and answers—one for each week of the year—this short book makes it simply to fit into church calendars and achievable for individuals and families with demanding schedules. Whether used devotionally, recited orally, or memorized over the course of a year, families, churches, small groups, homeschool families, and Christian schools will treasure this as a valuable tool for communicating the core doctrines of the Christian faith to children and adults alike.
Designed for use in a variety of contexts and forwarding a comprehensive summary of important Christian doctrine with related devotional content, 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. This gospel-focused devotional features all fifty-two questions and answers contained in The New City Catechism, along with relevant Scripture passages, short prayers, and devotional commentary written by contemporary pastors and historical figures alike.
Contemporary Commentators: Thabiti Anyabwile, Alistair Begg, David Bisgrove, D.A. Carson, Mark Dever, Kevin DeYoung, Ligon Duncan, Mika Edmondson, Collin Hansen, R. Kent Hughes, Timothy Keller, John Lin, Vermon Pierre, John Piper, Juan Sanchez, Leo Schuseter, Sam Storms, Stephen Um, and John Yates
Historical Commentators: Athanasius, Augustine, Richard Baxter, Abraham Booth, John Bradford, John Bunyan, John Calvin, Oswald Chambers, Thomas Cranmer, Jonathan Edwards, John Chrysostom, George Herbert, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Martin Luther, John Owen, J.C. Ryle, Francis Schaeffer, Richard Sibbes, Charles Simeon, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Charles Wesley, and John Wesley
The New City Catechism Curriculum features fifty-two engaging lessons developed from the questions and answers of The New City Catechism, designed to help children ages 8–11 learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith in a Sunday school, classroom, or homeschool setting. Each lesson includes three different outlines for 30-, 45-, or 75-minute sessions, a Bible passage and memory verse, a list of suggested materials, detailed instructions for activities, suggested prayers, and activity pages available for digital download—all created so that teachers can help children better understand the truth of God's Word and how it connects to their lives. The New City Catechism Curriculum is available as a boxed kit, containing lessons divided across three volumes, a resource book, and four copies of The New City Catechism for Kids.
- 3 lesson volumes containing detailed outlines for a variety of settings.
- 1 resource book containing graphics and activity pages needed for the lessons. Also available as free digital downloads with purchase of kit.
- 4 copies of The New City Catechism for Kids, a simplified version of The New City Catechism. Additional copies of this are also sold separately.
The New City Catechism for Kids is a modern-day resource aimed at teaching the core doctrines of the Christian faith to children ages 4–11. This 64-page booklet contains each of the 52 easy-to-understand questions and short answers found in The New City Catechism designed to help children understand who God is and what he has done. With answers that are short enough for children to read, understand, and memorize, this low-cost booklet is designed for bulk distribution and is ideally suited for Sunday school classes, Christian schools, and homeschooling families. This resource is sold both individually and as part of the curriculum kit.