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What is a catechism?
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The word comes from the biblical Greek "katecheo" which means to sound aloud or teach orally. Catechesis is a method of oral instruction usually through questions and answers. Catechism is the curriculum or material of catechesis. Catechumens are the learners. A catechist is the person who catechizes catechumens.

"A catechism is a summary or exposition of doctrine, traditionally used in Christian religious teaching from New Testament times to the present. Catechisms are doctrinal manuals often in the form of questions followed by answers to be memorized, a format that has been used in non-religious or secular contexts as well." - Wikipedia.

The most famous catechism is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but the Reformed Westminster Catechism is also well known.

 
What use is a catechism?
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A catechism is a great way to learn.  Everyone has different learning styles, but the strength of the catechism method is that anyone can use it.  You don't even have to be able to read to use a catechism.

 
Can I use it without a partner?
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You can use a catechism without a partner, but it works best with a group - like a family and church.  Share it with your family! Invite other families to do it with you.  Pass it on. Challenge others.  Encourage others.  Copy and paste it on Facebook or start a chain letter.  (No, don't do the chain letter.  Saint Paul hates chain letters.  Not the Saint Paul of Tarsus - the Saint Paul of Minnesota.)

 
Why the need for a new catechism?
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All of the existing catechisms in all their glory fall short because they are expressions of religious doctrine, i.e. the doctrine of men. That is, they are heavily biased by the authors. Not only did Jesus say this was bad (as in not good), he quoted the Old Testament to prove it (see Matthew 15:9). Bias is unavoidable, however, this catechism intends to leave the anchor of scripture where it belongs.

 
Why is the scripture presented out of the NET Bible?
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The NET Bible is the only American English translation that is not restricted by a for-profit copyright. The copyright follows along with the open-source methodology of the Bible Catechism project.

The translation itself is at least comparable to the NASB or ESV, if not better by some measures. For more information about the NET Bible, please visit the NET Bible website at Bible.org or you can read the NET Bible at the NET Bible Study Environment website.

We recognize that the choice of translation is an issue. If you are going to undertake something like catechesis, you cannot do that without overcoming the translations issue. We can't ask a Sunday school class a question and get ten answers, including 6 from commentaries or paraphrases. The NET Bible was chosen to overcome that issue, but the discussion is certainly not closed. If you care, why not bring it up on the FB Page?

 
What is the purpose of this catechism?
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The Bible Catechism is an oral tool for sowing seeds in hearts in men in families in churches.

Oral Tool

This catechism is intended to be used aloud.

Sowing Seeds

The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in a time of testing fall away. As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance (Luke 8:11-15).

In Hearts

In Deuteronomy 30:14, the scripture says that the commandment of God must be very near you - it is in your mouth and in your [heart] so that you can do it.

In Men

Just then some men showed up... (Luke 5:18a). It is clear from the scriptures that this stuff should start with men. There's nothing wrong with women. But in our day, men need to show up.

In Families

It is said that there was a time when families ate dinner together and then had theological conversations that captivated everyone except the dog, but at least she waited patiently. Those days are long gone. Every time I bring up eschatology at dinner, my two year old throws her sippy cup at my eye socket. This catechism blocks the fiery sippy cups of the devil.

These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

In Churches

For maximum effectiveness, please share this tool with your church family. Christianity is a team sport. I call on you solemnly in the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters (1 Thessalonians 5:27).