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The Privilege of Catechetical Instruction

“The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel; my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.” Psalm 16:5-7. For Protestant Reformed […]

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Teaching Christ in the Catechism and Classroom

David is a fourth-year student in the Protestant Reformed Seminary and is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The chief task of the Christian instructor of children is to “teach Christ” to his students. This is true both with respect to the minister of the gospel who teaches the children […]

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Teaching Christ in the Catechism Room

Rodney is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. A scholarship essay for 2000. Central to all catechetical instruction is the teaching and preaching of Christ and His cross. The reasons for this, the “why?” of teaching Christ in the catechism room, are two. First, Catechism is preaching, and second, covenant children […]

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Teaching Christ In Catechism: Why and How

Andy is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. 2000 Protestant Reformed Scholarship Essay. Catechism instruction makes up a large duty of the ministers in the churches. In preparing for the ministry of the Word, I need to see from scripture why Christ must be taught in catechism. This is necessary so […]

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Every Protestant Reformed young person knows that when the calendar changes to September, there will have been, or this coming Lord’s Day there will be, an announcement in the bulletin that new catechism books will be distributed and assignments handed out. For a period of 30 weeks Protestant Reformed young people will descend into their […]

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The Catechism Class – Necessary for an Active Faith

In the church world today, doctrinal distinctions are overlooked so that churches might join together to fight the social injustice in this world. They proclaim a god whose essence and commandments may be defined by each individual. The knowledge of God, as revealed to us through Scripture, is necessary for us to serve Him. How […]

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Lessons from a Grandmother

While in Seminary I made regular trips to my grandmother’s house to learn Dutch. Together we would sit on the sofa. I would read out loud from a Dutch Bible and translate. She would help me through the rough spots. This is a good way to learn a language. Too bad I didn’t go there […]

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Education or Instruction?

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein.” Jeremiah 6:16 We need the old paths of which the LORD here speaks. The […]

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Fully Catechised?

I understand, youthful reader, that you are a member of our churches; that you have passed through the various Catechism Classes, the earlier and the later which were prescribed for you.  That is the way you look to me from the distant perspective I have of you from my study window here in the “deep […]

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Catechism

In our discussion of the preparation of young people to take their place in the midst of the church and kingdom of God, it is well that we devote an article to Catechetical instruction. For Catechism is undoubtedly the most important means that we have to be prepared for our future life in the sphere […]

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