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Join Riverton Church in 2019 as we focus as a church family on doctrinal foundations long taught in oral form called catechisms.
What are catechisms and why are they important?
Catechisms are doctrinal statements written in question and answer form, meant to be taught by word of mouth and memorized. The catechisms were taught in community in the church and in families and recited or sung. They helped lay a groundwork for understanding the gospel, helped to address heresies that could arise from misunderstanding doctrine, and helped Christians to better reflect the character of Christ within the church and to the world around them. Catechisms are still important today to help us learn the biblical foundations and teach them to our children, help us know what we believe in an increasingly post-Christian world, and more than ever to help us reflect the character of Christ to those who need to experience His love and saving grace.
The classic catechisms incorporated the Apostle's Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer. New catechisms continued to be written; the best known are the Westminster and Heidelberg Catechisms.
Calvin's Geneva Catechism of 1541
Heidelberg Catechism of 1563
Luther's Large and Small Catechism of 1529
Craig's Catechism of 1581
Duncan's Latin Catechism of 1595
New Catechism of 1644
Westminster Catechism of 1646
The original Anglican Book of Common Prayer included a catechism
I want to join my friends and family at Riverton to learn the catechism! What do I do now?
Good Question! It's easy!We will learn 52 catechisms together in 2019, one each week. There are several ways for you to participate.
Commit to learning one catechism each week.
Find someone to help you learn such as a friend or family member. Recite the catechism together.
Read the extra devotional writings and supporting verses to backup the doctrines.
Teach them to your children and grandchildren to give them a solid biblical foundation.
Recite and discuss in your life groups.
Attend the weekly class at Riverton on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. We will study each catechism taking a deeper look at its biblical foundation and life application.
Tweens, 4th-6th graders, will be studying the catechism on Sundays during the 10:30 worship service.