The New City Catechism

The New City Catechism

The New City Catechism

Today many churches and Christian organizations publish “statements of faith” that outline their beliefs. But in the past it was expected that documents of this nature would be so biblically rich and carefully crafted that they would be memorized and used for Christian growth and training. They were written in the form of questions and answers, and were called catechisms (from the Greek katechein, which means “to teach orally or to instruct by word of mouth”). The Heidelberg Catechism of 1563 and Westminster Shorter and Larger catechisms of 1648 are among the best known, and they serve as the doctrinal standards of many churches in the world today. Keller, Timothy. “Introduction.” The New City Catechism. Crossway, n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2017.

Question 1: What is the chief end of man?

Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.

Question 2: What is your only comfort in life and death?

Answer: That I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

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