Catechisms have been a foundational part of church life for the majority of the church’s history. Indeed, when the Protestant Reformers sought to teach people the truths of Scripture, catechisms exploded in production, use, and application. Since that time, catechisms have been used to not only teach the core truths of the Christian faith and the teaching of the Bible, but they have also been used to combat, expose, and correct false teachings. Thus, from time to time, it is beneficial to formulate new catechisms to address current ways of rebellion against God within the world in which we live. This has been the goal of this project.
To be clear, the catechisms of old must not be replaced. They are sound, true, and they still serve their good intended purpose of edification and instruction. It has not been my desire to replace such catechisms. In fact, this catechism, as one may find by their own examination, is almost word for word the traditional Baptist Catechism, also known as Keach’s Catechism named after its author, Benjamin Keach. However, new material has been added for the benefit of the student of the Christian faith living in today’s world. In other words, as has been true of historical catechisms, the pitfalls of the world today have attempted to be addressed. With God’s help, may many children and adults be spared from the treacherous lies of the prince of this world by the faithful study of Scripture which I hope this catechism gives birth to. Additionally, questions and answers have been slightly updated for readability and for new exposure for the increased number of Christians that have never been guided through traditional catechisms. May the readability of this updated and expanded work spur them on to spiritual growth and further exposure to the orthodox and traditional catechisms.
One final word ought to be said as to who this catechism is intended for. Primarily, the hope is that all believers would find it most useful and helpful. Simultaneously, I do not consider it a negative thing if it should also find its way into the hands of unbelievers. By God’s providence, it might be the very thing that He uses to quicken faith in the heart. However, as has always been true for catechisms in the church, I have found myself thinking especially of young families as I have worked. I do desire all Christians, child and adult, to learn from this work. But it is especially important, and a scriptural obligation, for our little ones to be instructed in this most wonderful faith of God. As such, they have occupied my mind the most. That is not to say that the questions, nor the answers, have been simplified for the understanding of children. Honestly, the questions and answers may be too hard or too lofty for any small ones to understand. But it is my desire that faithful mothers and faithful fathers would take the time to instruct their children as to the meaning of both question and answer. And in turn, both mother and father will benefit with their own children in the growth and instruction of the Christian faith.*
*Taken from the Preface of A Catechism for Trinity Baptist Church