Catechism

“Catechism” is instruction in the Christian doctrine. Students learn the basics of the Christian faith through simple questions and answers. The regular curriculum is designed for teenagers and follows the Heidelberg Catechism from 1561. The pre-confession class is a preparation for becoming full (“communicant”) member in a Reformed church.

Regular catechism class

Second year

Lesson 25: Word and sacrament (LD 25)

Lesson 26: Baptism (LD 26, 27a)

Lesson 27: Infant baptism (LD 27b)

Lesson 28: The Lord’s Supper (LD 28-30)

Lesson 29: The keys of the Kingdom (LD 31)

Lesson 30: Renewal and holiness (LD 32, 33)

Lesson 31: The law (LD 34a)

Lesson 32: True worship (LD 34b, 35)

Lesson 33: The Holy Name (LD 36, 37)

Lesson 34: The Lord’s Day (LD 38)

Lesson 35: Respect for authority (LD 39)

Lesson 36: Respect for life (LD 40)

Lesson 37: Respect for intimacy (LD 41)

Lesson 38: Respect for property (LD 42)

Lesson 39: Respect for truth (LD 43)

Lesson 40: A matter of the heart (LD 44)

Lesson 41: Prayer (LD 45, 46)

Lesson 42: Hallowing the name (LD 47)

Lesson 43: The coming Kingdom (LD 48)

Lesson 44: God’s will (LD 49)

Lesson 45: Every-day blessing (LD 50)

Lesson 46: Forgiveness (LD 51)

Lesson 47: Deliverance from evil (LD 52a)

Lesson 48: Doxology (LD 52b)

First year

Lesson 01: Comfort (LD 1)

Lesson 02: Our sin (LD 2)

Lesson 03: Original sin (LD 3)

Lesson 04: Justice and mercy (LD 4)

Lesson 05: Our Mediator (LD 5, 6a)

Lesson 06: The gospel (LD 6b)

Lesson 07: Faith (LD 7)

Lesson 08: The Triune God (LD 8)

Lesson 09: Creation and providence (LD 9, 10)

Lesson 10: Jesus Christ (LD 11, 12a)

Lesson 11: Christian (LD 12b)

Lesson 12: Only-Begotten Son and Lord (LD 13)

Lesson 13: Jesus’ birth (LD 14)

Lesson 14: Jesus’ suffering (LD 15)

Lesson 15: Jesus’ death (LD 16)

Lesson 16: Jesus’ resurrection (LD 17)

Lesson 17: Jesus’ ascension (LD 18, 19a)

Lesson 18: The final judgment (LD 19b)

Lesson 19: The Holy Spirit (LD 20)

Lesson 20: The Christian church (LD 21a)

Lesson 21: Forgiveness (LD 21b)

Lesson 22: Resurrection and eternal life (LD 22)

Lesson 23: Righteous by faith (LD 23)

Lesson 24: Good works (LD 24)

Pre-confession class

Lesson 01: Your confession of faith

Lesson 02: The Word of God

Lesson 03: The confession of the church

Lesson 04: Orthodoxy and error

Lesson 05: Sinner saved by grace

Lesson 06: Covenant

Lesson 07: Salvation

Lesson 08: A response of love

Lesson 09: Serving the Lord

Lesson 10: Forsaking the world

Lesson 11: Church membership

Lesson 12: The church service

Lesson 13: Sermons and Bible study

Lesson 14: Sacraments

Lesson 15: Elders and church discipline

Lesson 16: Church federation

Lesson 17: Witness and outreach