One of the ways Midway Baptist works to help parents raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord is to promote the practice of catechism. If you aren’t familiar with the practice, catechism is a time-tested and simple way for teaching the content of Scripture. If you read 1 Corinthians 14:19, Galatians 6:6, and Acts 18:25 you will see various forms of the English word “instruct” repeated. In each of those verses the Greek word for “instruct” (or “teach”) is katecheo. It is from this word we get our English word “catechize.” Generally speaking, catechisms will follow a simple question and answer format that is designed to be memorized.
While catechisms are useful to both adults and children we have put a special emphasis on encouraging the practice in our families with young children, particularly during our times of corporate family worship. Truth transforms and the Holy Spirit makes use of the good content we place within our children’s minds through catechism.
If you would like to see a copy of the catechism we use you can download it HERE (requires the free program Adobe Reader). If you would like to know more about why catechizing children is important click HERE. For the church history fan HERE is more information about how Baptists have used catechism through the centuries. Finally, HERE you can find a long list of Baptist catechisms (dating to 1652!) or Charles Spurgeon’s catechism HERE.