Parents, Looking for a Good Tool for Teaching?

Have you ever considered using a catechism? 

“Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation." (Psalm 25:4-5)  

Teaching in our words and deeds—by what we say and how we live—always makes an impact! Christian parents need helpful tools for their parenting. Catechizing children is the ticket.

What does it mean to catechize? 

“The word ‘catechism’ derives from the Greek word katecheo which is found in several places in Scripture. The most familiar is Luke 1:4, where Luke explains why he wrote his Gospel: ‘that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed [catechichized].’ Like many Greek words katecheo is put together from two words, in this case kata, meaning ‘down toward,’ and echeo, meaning ‘to sound.’ Katecheo is ‘sound down.’”

From Donald Van Dyken’s book, Rediscovering Catechism, pp. 12-13

This method of teaching and discussion means parents “sound out” with a question and then a child “sounds back” with an answer.

They can be Bible questions, like,  

  • “Who were our first parents?”
  • Answer: “Adam and Eve.”

They can be Bible doctrine questions such as,

  • “What is faith in Jesus Christ?” 
  • Answer: “Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.”

Get started! Sounding out questions and answers makes for excellent learning. You can buy guides like the one pictured here for younger children (ages 3-10).