We never set out to write a catechism. Quite honestly, when we embarked on the journey of family worship, we didn't even know what a catechism was or what it meant to catechize our children. We set out to engage more with our children and develop deeper conversation about things that matter. We found that the cadence of questions and answers began to produce understanding at a very young age. We learned that the back-and-forth rhythm of questions and answers is extremely powerful when applied to narrative. The minds and hearts of our children are beautiful. Their imaginations are fantastically wild. As parents we need to learn how to have conversation that invites their beautifully wild hearts and minds into the wildly untamed story of God. It's the story their hearts were created to know; a sweeping narrative designed to invite them to discover. It's the story we find ourselves in. The adventure pursues us and invitation lies ahead. May we as parents engage and allow the story to stir the deep waters of our families’ hearts.
Catechism (kat-i-kiz-uhm) is defined as a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians. Simply put, it’s the cadence of questions and answers for the purpose of creating understanding. For centuries, the Christian Church has used the method and journey of catechesis to have deeper conversation about God, the church, theology, doctrines, etc. Sadly, we've come to find that many Christian families think it is the church's task and responsibility to raise their children in the ways of the gospel, yet the Bible is clear on the role of parents raising their children in ways of the gospel. The author of proverbs writes, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).
Why Story Catechism? Unlike a traditional catechism, in which there are defined and clear questions and answers, SC moves like a narrative. Thus, Story Catechism. In place of memorizing maxims and anecdotes, SC seeks to create the opportunity to memorize and engage in story, specifically biblical theology.
Biblical theology is the approach taken from the perspective of understanding the progressive history of God revealing himself to humanity. It particularly seeks to understand how each part ultimately points forward to fulfillment in the life mission of Jesus. Biblical theology is about the glory of Christ on every page.
Why memorize? Humanity was created to experience the depth of the creator’s love and to fully engage in His creation. The story of God invites us to fill the deep wells of our hearts with the truth of the scriptures and then learn how to draw from the depth.