Wednesday, September 02, 2015

6 Reasons Catechisms Make Truth Stick

Many Christians have a hard time knowing how to make “gospel” and “discipleship” stick in our personal lives and relationships. We’re called to be disciples who make disciples, but how? In our desperate search to answer this profound question, we devote books, studies, podcasts, and resources to uncover how we live this out.

In his short and powerful book The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, Ray Ortlund champions one pivotal idea: “Gospel doctrine creates gospel culture.” Ortlund concisely demonstrates that the Christian life is founded on the truths of our faith, which then become the lifeblood for our relationships. Therefore, our discipleship efforts and relationships must converge with the foundation of our faith. Thankfully, we’ve had many faithful men and women in our generation labor to help us. But in our search for fresh answers to this question sometimes we forget time tested resources. Keep reading
To the Catechism Resources list I would add the Prayer Book Catechism (click here), Alexander Nowell's Larger Catechism (click here), which complements the Prayer Book Catechism, and Thomas Beccon's Catechism (click here and here) Alexander Nowell was an English Reformer and  prepared his Larger Catechism at the request of Convocation. It was used to instruct university students in the Christian faith.  Thomas Beccon was an English Reformer, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer's chaplain, and a contributor to the first Book of Homilies. I do NOT recommend To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism. It departs from the Biblical and Reformation doctrines and convictions of the English Reformers and authentic historic Anglicanism in a number of places

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