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The New City Catechism: 52 Questions and Answers for Our Hearts and Minds (The Gospel Coalition) Paperback – Illustrated, April 30, 2017
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For now, we'll be using the highlighted portions of the response answers. They are a bit shorter, but still packed with truth! In case you are wondering if you can still use this book if you are not part of a reformed tradition/church, yes you can. We are not part of a reformed tradition (we atttend an interdenominational Christian church) and the only answer I am changing slightly is to question #27 dealing with election - "Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?" Simple enough!
You can also download an app that has the same info for use in quizzing/memorizing, and you can set it to "child mode" which has the shorter answers if desired.
I really love this book and would highly recommend it to anyone!
New City Catechism: How and why did God create us? God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.
Westminister Shorter Catechism: What is the chief end of man? Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Actually, quite a few of the New City Catecism answers are very wordy like this, which annoys me because I like simplicity, but it doesn't bother my kids. So I figure, if they're learning it, why not have them learn more? Overall I would buy it again and recommend it to others. (Great when paired with the Getty Kids Hymnal for family worship time before bedtime).
I have loved using it with my children after dinner a few nights per week. We focus on the question, answer, and the Bible verse provided with it. The content is challenging at times (for a 12, 10, and 8 year old) and often leads to deeper conversations. So even if it is a bit over their heads (at times), we can work to build a better foundation for essential church doctrine.
I am grateful for this briefer catechism and appreciate the ability to grab it and lead my family in study with short notice. Highly recommended!
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It is a great book for my wife and I to go through and we are ecstatic that it has now been translated into Japanese so that we can study in both languages.
If you are raising a family with elementary school-aged children, I think this would be a fine catechism to do home Bible studies with.