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Author: Collin Hansen
God's Truth for Our Hearts and Minds
In centuries past, the church used catechisms to teach foundational Christian doctrines. In today’s world of shifting beliefs, this communal practice of learning biblical truth via questions and answers is more needed than ever before.
Seeking to restore this ancient method of teaching to the regular life of the church, The New City Catechism Devotional is a gospel-centered, modern-day resource that not only summarizes important Christian beliefs through fifty-two questions and answers but also helps readers be transformed by those doctrines.
Each question features a relevant Scripture reading, a short prayer, and a devotional commentary written by contemporary pastors (including John Piper, Timothy Keller, and Kevin DeYoung) and historical figures (such as Augustine, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and many others). Designed for use in a variety of contexts, The New City Catechism Devotional is a valuable resource for helping believers learn and meditate on the doctrines that stand at the heart of the Christian faith.
Table of Contents:
Introduction by Timothy Keller
Part 1: God, Creation and Fall, Law (Questions 1–20)
Part 2: Christ, Redemption, Grace (Questions 21–35)
Part 3: Spirit, Restoration, Growing in Grace (Questions 36–52)
About the editor:
Collin Hansen (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the editorial director for the Gospel Coalition. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine and coedits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School.
“Looking through The New City Catechism Devotional, I am moved. This new teaching tool is more than interesting; it is stirring. Why? Because it makes glorious theology readily accessible to us all. We can stand against the man-centered worldview coming at us only with an alternative, God-centered worldview, a total seeing of reality with new eyes. Piecemeal theology will not help us. But a comprehensive theology can strengthen us for our times. The task of teaching that new worldview just became easier for every pastor, every parent, and every teacher, thanks to The New City Catechism. It is a significant step forward in the gospel resurgence of our times.” ~Ray Ortlund, lead pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee; council member, The Gospel Coalition; president, Renewal Ministries; author, Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel
“If the word catechism makes your eye twitch, twitch no more. The New City Catechism Devotional offers teachers, parents, and those young in their faith a tool that communicates basic doctrine in fifty-two straightforward steps. Harmonizing wisdom from voices both ancient and modern, it invites us to methodically internalize the categories by which we understand our faith, reechoing the good news for a new generation of believers. I am grateful for this resource.” ~Jen Wilkin, author, Women of the Word and None Like Him; bible teacher
“One of the best ways to use our time in this age is to pass on our faith to others. I am always on the lookout for ways to help me in my effort in explaining Christianity to my children and my neighbors. If you have longed for more confidence in answering spiritual questions while staying faithful to the Word of God, then catechetical instruction will help you tremendously. If you yourself are the one asking the questions, look no further. The New City Catechism Devotional is perhaps the most concise and accessible resource I have read—the questions are immediately relevant in every culture, the language is easily understood or translatable, and the brilliance of the gospel radiates in every page.” ~Gloria Furman, author, The Pastor's Wife; Missional Motherhood; and Alive in Him
“The New City Catechism Devotional is a beautifully written, gospel-focused guide to Christian life and doctrine. This catechism is just as useful in family devotions or in workplace discipleship as in the pulpit or in church small groups.” ~Russell D. Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
“I have used catechisms as both a pastor and a father, and have some familiarity with a number of catechisms old and new, but I’ve never seen anything like this. The New City Catechism Devotional is unique in many ways. As the title indicates, this little book can serve as both a catechism and a devotional, and it fills both roles very well. The theological breadth and depth of the devotional writers is perhaps the book’s greatest asset, a strength enhanced by the wide variety of trusted older writers quoted in the brief commentary that follows each catechism question. Designed to accommodate both Baptist and paedobaptist contexts, it can be used by individuals, families, and churches. Personal devotions, family worship, or classes for new Christians, new church members, or established church members would all be ideal settings for The New City Catechism Devotional. I hope it enjoys a widespread acceptance and implementation.” ~Donald S. Whitney, professor of biblical spirituality and associate dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Family Worship
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