New J.I. Packer-Led Catechism

 

There’s a promising new contemporary Catechism now available.

From the Anglican Church in North America:

Led by the Rev. Dr J.I. Packer, the Task Force has developed a unique and powerful resource for helping inquirerscatechism-sidebar3-2 come to an understanding of the Christian faith, and for helping disciples deepen their relationship with God. Written in a “Question and Answer” format, this Catechism, in the words of Packer, “is designed as a resource manual for the renewal of Anglican catechetical practice. It presents the essential building blocks of classic catechetical instruction: the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue). To these is added an initial section especially intended for those with no prior knowledge of the Gospel; as such, this catechism attempts to be a missional means by which God may bring about both conversion to Christ and formation in Christ.

For non-Anglicans (such as myself), this new Catechism could be a great template for other church and denominational settings to create their own catechism, or simply modify it, easily omitting the distinctly Anglican aspects (which comprises a small part of the Catechism).

Also, the new Catechism should be a wonderful tool in church planting contexts, effectively addressing spiritual nurture and formation (church) and mission (evangelism) from the plant’s very beginnings.

Download the Vision Statement explaining why the contemporary Catechism was created, and download the Catechism here.

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