Q.3 Are the Scriptures trustworthy in all that they affirm? A. The Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments, being Godbreathed, are infallible and inerrant in all their parts and are, therefore, trustworthy in all that they affirm concerning history, science, doctrine, ethics, religious practice, or any other topic. (2 Timothy 3:16 | 1 Thessalonians 2:13 | John 10:35b)
Pastor Jay said the following regarding this new study:
I would highly encourage as many as can, to attend the study because it will present us with historic Christianity, what the church has believed for hundreds of years, and will place us squarely in the glorious doctrines of the reformed faith, with men such as John Owen, C.H. Spurgeon, and Jonathon Edwards.
The catechism will enhance your view of Scripture by presenting the Christian faith in an orderly compilation of the doctrines the Bible teaches as well as Scripture proofs from where the doctrines are derived.
We must always remember that the catechism or confession or any other human book is not perfect and not infallible. The Bible is the primary source of life and practice and serves as our absolute standard of authority while the catechism serves as a helpful guide and tool for the Christian’s growth.
These tools have been invaluable for myself and my family, and I think that you will be blessed by them as well, as you attend and lean the catechism. I would encourage all men to teach these things to their wives and children and use these valuable resources as a way to guide and lead your family.
I wanted to leave you with a very simple but profound question from the catechism:
Q3: What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A: The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man. 2 Tim 1:13
I am persuaded that the use of a good Catechism in all our families will be a great safeguard against the increasing errors of the times, and therefore I have compiled this little manual from the Westminster Assembly’s and Baptist Catechisms, for the use of my own church and congregation. Those who use it in their families or classes must labour to explain the sense; but the words should be carefully learned by heart, for they will be understood better as years pass.
Some of the topics the elders will be going over during our new 2PM Sunday Seminary class:
Why we preach verse by verse what are the pros and cons of preaching this way verses other ways. Why we engage in preach exegetically. Why we do not use the pulpit to preach ourselves. Why we believe there is so much value in preaching God’s word accurately. What are the different ways people are preaching today. These issues and more will be covered under the section of Expositional Preaching.
This section is not geared towards a particular method of evangelism but in the importance of the church’s engaging in evangelism. We will explore the various kinds of evangelism that SJCC engages in. We will explore the many implications evangelism has for every Christian.
Ordinances of the Church
We will be discussing the theological and practical importance of properly administering the ordinances of the church. We will also develop the importance baptism and membership, regeneration and the Lord’s Supper and how these function as an import part of God’s ordained means of grace by which he strengthens us in our sanctification.
We will be discussing the important place of financially supporting the gospel in the local church though giving. We will learn why we do not demand a tithe and why we also emphasize giving. With so many abuses in this area of the Church, the topic has great relevance for our lives today.
Lastly, here are some groups that set Scripture to music (we use Seeds Family Worship material in our kids Sunday School), which is another easy way to memorize Scripture. This post from D.A. Carson’s research manager Andy Naselli:
Jenni and I are frequently amazed at how easily our two-year-old daughter, Kara Marie, memorizes things. It’s amazing. So we’re trying to harness some of her brainpower by memorizing the Bible.
Jenni has taught Kara dozens of verses, and we’re using some additional resources to help these verses stick long-term. Texts in song are remembered long, so memorizing Scripture with music is especially helpful (though some of the songs mentioned below may be more “bumpy” than some prefer).
The verses in sets D and E (including the entire Sermon on the Mount from Matt 5–7) are put to music on two CDs (samples 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Some of these songs are a bit cheesy (e.g., there’s a Frank Sinatra impersonator), but putting Scripture to music like this can be so helpful for memorizing.
2. Hide ‘Em in Your Heart (Steve Green)
The DVDs are corny (probably very stylish in the 1980s), but the songs are clear, catchy, and singable.
3. Questions with Answers and Songs for Saplings (Dana Dirksen)
A mother and her children sing Bible verses and Q&A taken from a digest of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Stephen Hildebrandt’s The Catechism for Young People). Some are more catchy than others (e.g., “How can you glorify God,” sample 3 here).