Bob Roberts, Kids 4 Truth President/Director
Rediscovering a Valuable Tool for the Indoctrination of Children – Part 2
• Catechism encourages unity of essential beliefs among God’s children.
• Many people want to know what constitutes a true Christian essential teaching. What are the primary teachings of the Christian faith? What teachings are worth separating over? Catechical instruction can help promote unity among Christians by helping establish the fundamentals of the faith.
• 1 Corinthians 1:10 – Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
• Catechism promotes a faster, deeper understanding as verses are tied to appropriate questions.
• Questions and answers help children tie verses to meaning through the use of questions and answers. If a child can begin to grasp what question(s) the memorized verse answers, and not just memorize content, his understanding aids the learning process. Children begin to understand the usefulness of God’s Word as they see how clearly it answers important questions. We can help children follow the example of Christ as we instill rich, Christian teachings through the question and answer method.
• Luke 2:52 – And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
• Catechism stimulates and motivates learning because most children, especially younger ones, love to answer questions.
• Questions are a teacher’s most useful ally, because through them one gains access to precious minds. As Jesus showed, questions are invaluable when teaching truth!
• Matthew 16:15 – He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
• It is impossible to internally avoid questions. God has designed our minds to immediately assent to some type of answer to every direct question we’re asked.
• Catechism is a safeguard against heresy.
• When we consider that virtually every cult in America began with an open Bible and a enigmatic leader who could ensure his followers that he alone had discovered what everyone else, especially the creeds, confessions and catechisms, had missed, we see perhaps the greatest value of the question and answer method (Ephesians 4:14-15).
• The practice of indoctrination through catechism serves as an important safeguard against heresy and helps to combat some of the problems associated with the private interpretation of Scripture. How many times have you been forced to sit through a Bible study in which the goal was not to discover what the text actually says, but instead to discover what a particular verse means to each of the studies’ participants?
• Infusing truth into the hearts and minds of children though catechism provides a sure foundation to stand against heresy and gives the confidence and ability to rightly interpret the word of truth.
• Catechism prepares boys and girls to appreciate and understand sermons, lessons, and other Bible teaching.
• Systematic truth taught through the question and answer method helps provide a framework by which kids will be able to assimilate other Bible truths.
• When you hear a sermon—and know where it fits in your theology—you’re more apt to listen, understand, and appreciate it. Catechisms help us understand that Bible truth is a tapestry of truth. All parts depend upon and are informed by all others. The learner does not see information as fragmented pieces disconnected from the whole.
• Catechism clearly summarizes key beliefs and can easily act as a standard or test of essential teachings.
• Truth divides or unites. In today’s spiritual climate, there is much fuzzy ground when it comes to essential doctrine.
• Titus 1:9 – Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
• 1 Timothy 4:6 – If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.