What is Story Catechism?
Story catechism is a narrative-style catechism that moves on the central, Biblical thread of the gospel. We created a theologically rich yet accessible tool for families to use for discipleship and family worship in the home.
Each entry is written to engage our hearts and minds. The desire is that these simple entries will begin to expand our understanding and insight and begin to lay the bedrock in our families’ stories.
There is a simple rhythm designed to help move our families through STORY Catechism. Every time we gather for family worship; read, memorize, chat, and pray shapes our time together.
STORY Catechism includes four catechisms: CREATION, REBELLION, GOSPEL, RECREATION. Each section is designed to help our families refocus their live's on the truth of who God is and His promise.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."
The Creator God, the Father of all, creates. The fullness of who He is collides with the vast emptiness... And everything changes. Light pierced the darkness... sun, moon, stars. Sky separated from land and water... Mountains, hills, prairies and lush valleys... Oceans, lakes, rivers and babbling streams. Trees, plants, shrubs and flowers. Animals everywhere... Roaming, flying, slithering, and swimming. "It is good!" And then, out of the divine community that has always existed, the Creator creates more. Man and woman, created in His image out of His more-ness, invited to join him in creating. "It is very good!" The divine invitation to join Him was an invitation to know Him and find meaning in Him. Man and woman would be with him and learn to take care of His creation. God would perfectly provide everything they needed. Everything was in its right and proper place and God would be their everything.
CREATION catechism traces five main parts of the creation narrative in the Bible: GOD, EDEN, HUMANITY, TOGETHER, and PERFECTION.
"How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit."
Our rebellion, which is to say our sin, severed the perfect relationship humanity was created to have with our creator God. The tactic? Deception. The distortion of truth was that man and woman didn't need God anymore, that they would be okay without Him and they could find their own way.
Things are no longer as they should be. Since that tragic moment of rebellion in the garden of Eden, found in the opening pages of scripture in the creation narrative, humanity has been in a constant pursuit of discovery and connection, trying once again to know its identity... trying to find its story. We believe our identity is found in the roots of God's love story, the Gospel.
REBELLION catechism traces five main parts of the deception and the distortion of truth: THE ADVERSARY, THE GREAT LIE, THE SHAME, THE CONSEQUENCE, and THE DESPERATION.
"...but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Disobedience hurts. Injustice cuts deeply. But the Father, the creator of everything, pursues. The innocent who was wronged, the faithful who was betrayed, the lover who was rejected for lovers less wild, pursued. He searched, He sought, He knew... And with a broken heart, He went to Adam and Eve.
You are mine. I want you. All of you.
After we had been deceived by distorted truth, God set out to remind us who He is and what He has done and what He continues to do. Most provocatively, He shows Himself and the extent of His bottomless, unconditional love through His son Jesus. Like the father of the prodigal (Luke 15), He runs to us, wraps His children in a robe, puts a ring on their fingers and sandals on their feet. My son has returned HOME.
GOSPEL catechism traces fIVE main parts of the love story of Jesus: THE GREAT RESCUE, GRACE, HOLINESS, JESUS IS BETTER, and BELONGING.
1 Peter 5v10-11
"And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen."
The gospel is the truth that Jesus entered into the human condition to renew, rebuild, and restore all things to Himself. The truth that creator God would literally and physically enter the depravity of the human experience and begin to put things back into their right and proper place through the work of His son Jesus. The gospel is the "good news" that Jesus is changing everything. The gospel is Jesus getting involved with us. The gospel is the fullness of Jesus and how He fills everything in every way and how His love holds everything together.
This is His story... May it be told in our homes for generations to come.
RECREATION catechism traces five main parts of God's motive behind creating: MULTIPLY, THE SENT ONES, THE CHURCH, EVERYDAY LOVE, and RETURN.