Today many churches and Christian organizations publish “statements of faith” that outline their beliefs. But in the past it was expected that documents of this nature would be so biblically rich and carefully crafted that they would be memorized and used for Christian growth and training. They were written in the form of questions and answers, and were called catechisms.
New City Catechism is a modern-day catechism that draws from the historic Reformation catechisms, adapted to the questions people are asking today. It comprises 52 questions and answers, or one question and answer for each week of the year, making it simple to fit into church calendars and achievable for people with demanding schedules. Attached to each question and answer is a short written commentary from a historic preacher (such as Augustine, Edwards, Spurgeon, or Wesley) and a short video commentary from some of the council members of The Gospel Coalition (including Don Carson, Mark Dever, Kevin DeYoung, and John Piper) as well as the pastors of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
New City Catechism is a joint adult and children’s catechism. In other words, the same questions are asked of both children and adults, and the children’s answer is always part of the adult answer. The app allows kids to track their progress and view kid-friendly versions of the catechism answers. It also allows adults to see rich, expanded content, and dig into the depths of each question and answer.
Publication date: October 15, 2012.
Published by The Gospel Coalition.