Junior High Sunday School will continue a two-year study of the New City Catechism. This catechism is a modern adaptation of Calvin’s Geneva Catechism, the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms and especially the Heidelberg Catechism. There are 52 questions and answers that we will challenge students to memorize as they come to a Sunday School setting where a lesson is prepared to unpack the truth of that question or set of questions.
“Catechisms were written with at least three purposes. The first was to set forth a comprehensive exposition of the gospel––not only in order to explain clearly what the gospel is, but also to lay out the building blocks on which the gospel is based, such as the biblical doctrines of God, of human nature, of sin, and so forth. The second purpose was to do this exposition in such a way that the heresies, errors, and false beliefs of the time and culture were addressed and counteracted. The third and more pastoral purpose was to form a distinct people, a counterculture that reflected the likeness of Christ not only in individual character but also in the church’s communal life.” – Tim Keller
Catechisms attempt to address unchanging truth to a people in the midst of an ever-changing culture. We want to see our youth grounded in the gospel, competent in the Scriptures. Catechisms help train students what truth is found in Scripture in a systematic way while also allowing them to have a way to communicate it to others.