Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fun New Tool for Families--"Cate--what?"

Check out this fun and interactive new tool from Timothy Keller (and The Gospel Coalition) that helps families and individuals at any level of understanding grow in their knowledge about the Lord.  It was designed for iPads and other readers, but will probably quickly be ready for other devices.  

You can check out the tool here
  • What if…many of the things most of us presume about God was not actually true? 

  • What if…many of the things most of us think about God was not actually from the Bible? 

  • What if…many of the things most of us share with others about God is not even in the Bible? 

  • What if…there were absolute truths about God and mankind that we’ve never known that are all found in the Bible? 

The answers to questions about God, man, sin, Jesus, salvation, the Bible, and all other matters of theology have been put into categorical question/answer formats called a “Catechism.” 
A catechism, though often misunderstood and intimidating to current culture, is a simple way of teaching truth in oral form. Catechisms have been around for centuries. 
There are questions with learned and memorized answers in an attempt to solidify authoritative truth from the inerrant Holy Scriptures. 

Parents would go through daily (that's right, I said daily) catechism questions and answers with their children as a way of communicating the life-giving gospel message from the Scriptures. 

Parents were exhorted to train up their children in the truths of the Bible according to the guidelines laid out in Deuteronomy 6. It became clear that a systematic, organized, categorical format of questions and answers would provide a simple way of educating families in the ways of the Lord. 

Fast forward to the new millennium. Luther’s Small Catechism and the Westminster Catechism are almost unknown to many inside the church. Sure, there are people who confuse memorizing answers from faith alone in Christ alone, but that doesn’t mean the catechism was what caused that confusion. 

The famous Westminster Catechism poses two of the most famous foundational questions and answers: 

Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever!

Q. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him?
A. The word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. 

May God use the eternal unchanging truths from Scripture pointing to Jesus Christ and His cross viewed through quickly changing technological advancement to allow all tribes, tongues, and ethnicities to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever! 

Sankie P. Lynch
Pastor of Families

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