Have you looked into the New City Catechism (NCC) yet?
catechism noun \ cat·e·chism \ˈka-tə-ˌki-zəm \ from Greek: κατηχέω, to teach orally
a manual for catechizing; specifically : a summary of Christian doctrine often in the form of questions and answers
Before the Protestant Reformation, Christian catechesis took the form of instruction in and memorization of the Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, and basic knowledge of the sacraments. The word “catechism” and its practice is thought to have appeared in the late Middle Ages. Martin Luther popularized it in his 1529 Small Catechism. He wanted the catechumen to understand what they were learning, so the Decalogue (i.e., Ten Commandments), Lord’s Prayer, and Apostles’ Creed were broken up into small sections, with the question “What does this mean?” following each portion. The format calls upon two parties to participate, a teacher and a student, or a parent and a child.
Historically, catechisms were written with at least three purposes in mind:
- 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 doctrine of God, of human nature, of sin, and so forth.
- To do this exposition in such a way that the false beliefs, errors, and heresies of the time and culture were addressed and counteracted.
- The more pastoral purpose was to form a distinct people, a counter-culture that reflected the likeness of Christ not only in individual character but also in the church’s communal life.
Here at KHC we are using the NCC to identify, agree to, and respond to the essentials of the Christian faith. Choosing to commit to gospel-centrality, we want to clearly identify what we mean when we speak of and share the message of the gospel.