Monthly Archives: May 2011

  • Catechism, part 2

    Shortly after I was converted I got involved in a church/denomination which rejected the idea of church membership. As a result there was nothing formal in place for new converts to be instructed in the newly embraced faith. The next church I attended did practice church membership. Not much was required to become a member. Those interested in membership met a couple of times with the pastor in order to share our conversion story/experience.

    The church of God will never be preserved without catechesis.John Calvin

    As with the first church I attended, there was no instruction about the rudimentary points of the faith or of the distinctive doctrines of the church. This has not always been the case, though. During the Reformation Luther and Calvin recognized the overwhelming majority of professing Christians knew very little about the faith they professed. As … Read More »

  • Catechism, Part 1

    Historically Reformed congregations have engaged themselves in the business of catechizing their members and especially their children. Of course, catechism has taken a back seat to far more titillating things like moral lessons from Bible stories, program-oriented youth groups and even many good things like small group Bible studies.

    we see catechesis as integral to the all-age Christian nuture that every congregation should be practicing

    There is a lot of activity in the church, but even among all the hustle and bustle there is something missing. J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett in their book, Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way, released last year, suggest the problem is with the lack of catechesis taking place in the Western church. In the introduction they state their observations.

    As evangelical Christian educators, we see catechesis as integral to the all-age Christian … Read More »

  • Why We Plant Churches, part 2

    Last week in the WWDWWD we asked the question: Why do we plant churches? This week we ask the question: How are we going to plant a church in El Cajon?

    The church must preach the word, and love the
    people.

    The Theory: Reformed church planter in of the last century, Johan Bavinck (Nephew of the great Herman Bavinck… Well, “great” to me anyway) taught that there are two ingredients to forming new churches. These are by the Preaching of the Word of God, and by having a certain “sympathetic interest” in the salvation of the people.[1] In a sense, what Bavinck wrote could be summed up in the two requirements. The church must preach the word, and love the people (Thanks to Evan Bowman for this summary).  Because of both love for God and desire for all men to experience … Read More »