Wouldn’t it be great to hear your Preschoolers answer these questions as easily as they count or say their ABC’s?
Q. Who made you? A. God
Q. What else did God make? A. God made all things
Q. Why did God make you and all things? A. For his own glory
When I was a kid, my third grade Sunday School teacher began to teach us through these questions and answers, called First Catechism. She worked on these 150 questions with us every week and my parents worked on them with me every night before I went to bed so that I could commit them to memory. My three older brothers had also learned these questions and answers when they were my age. My folks were intentional about teaching us these big truths from the Bible. I’m not sure I appreciated it when I was a kid, other than to do what my big brothers did, but I sure loved knowing these answers as I grew up. When faced with the normal growing up temptations, you have this answer “I can not see God but he always sees me,” floating in the back of your mind. It sure puts a halt on stepping easily into sin when you know God always sees you.
About 20 years later I was sitting in a Theology class in seminary where the professor ask for a definition of sin. I raised my hand and said “Sin is any lack of conformity to, or transgression of, the law of God.” He laughed and said someone learned her catechism, but then he began to teach from ‘my’ answer. The more I learned as I studied the Bible and theology the more I appreciated the foundation my Sunday School teacher and parents had built into me as a kid through these vital questions and answers.
These 150 questions taught and continue to teach:
- The foundational truths about God’s triune character
- His will for our lives
- His plan of redemption through Christ
- The 10 Commandments (both what it says and what it requires)
- The Lord’s Prayer (and its 6 parts)
Great Commission Publications (GCP) has been about family ministry since its start, intentionally linking all our curriculum with the home as a way of fulfilling God’s covenant family mandate to “tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord.”(Psalm 78) First Catechism and Kids’ Quest curriculum truly are a great way to help our families grow in knowledge and wisdom, but more importantly to grow more in love with Jesus every day.
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