The Study Catechism: Full Version with Biblical References

The study catechism approved by the 210th General Assembly (1998) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with biblical references included.

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  1. One way to use the study catechism with a Wednesday Night Study Group is to introduce a question to the group each week, without supplying the denominational answer in the beginning of the session. Ask individuals to suggest Scripture, hymns, art, or biblical themes the question brings to mind. Share and explore these ideas. As a group facilitator, you may want to bring in connections that you have researched or prepared in advance. Invite participants to share in pairs or triads how they would answer the question and report their thoughts to the larger group. Explore the connecting Scripture texts for the question. Ask the group to reflect and share thoughts after looking at the biblical text. Reveal the answer that is given for the catechism question, the one agreed upon by the faith community. Look at similarities and differences in the way participants responded to the question and the supplied answer. Consider how this exercise helped person's come to different understandings of the catechism question or a different answer within the context of the church. This type of study is best used in a safe, trusting environment where participants and leaders are open-minded, prayerful, and allow the Spirit to guide the reflection and discussion.

    by Candace

    April 18, 2011

  2. Using the catechism with Wednesday Night Study Group.

    by Alex McLean

    April 6, 2011

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