One of the things I want my kids to do is to know is to own their faith. We often fail to teach our kids about their faith because we don’t know what to tell them or how to tell them what we do know. One of the things we have been trying to do in our house is teach our kids the catechism. I love the fact that my kids can learn the basics of their faith. I believe the place in which catechism is best received is at home where it can be modeled. Tim Keller has done an amazing job compiling questions and adding content around them that engage the whole family. It’s a free app so if you have an iPad I strongly suggest you download it today
The New City Catechism app provides a set of fun, simple, and elegant tools to memorize this catechism that has been adapted by Timothy Keller and Sam Shammas from the Reformation catechisms. 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.
Some app features:
+ Navigate 52 catechism questions and answers for adults and kids
+ Watch videos from preachers (e.g. Don Carson, Mark Dever, Timothy Keller, John Piper, etc.) exploring the catechism answers
+ Track your progress and the progress of your kids—or Sunday school class—as you memorize the catechism together
+ Show/hide answers or select between child/adult answers to help in the memorization process
+ Choose between NIV or ESV for Scripture text
+ Read a teaching from a historical preacher (e.g. Augustine, Edwards, Spurgeon, Wesley, etc.) for each question and answer
+ Pray suggested historical prayers for each question and answer
New City Catechism comprises 52 questions and answers—therefore there is only one question and answer for each week of the year, making it simple to fit into church calendars and achievable even for people with demanding schedules.
Because parents who teach their kids a children’s catechism, and then try to learn an adult one for themselves often find the process confusing (the children are learning one set of questions and answers and the parents are learning another completely different set), 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.
New City Catechism is a joint project between Redeemer Presbyterian Church and The Gospel Coalition.