a catechism for trinity baptist church

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

a catechism for trinity baptist church

It is a gracious thing that God has given His Word to us. In fact, apart from this written Word, we would not otherwise know God or His way of salvation. Indeed, we are not only saved by the grace of God in Christ, but we only even know we need salvation by the grace of God through Scripture. The second greatest gift, outside of the incarnate Word of God, Jesus (John1:1), is the written Word of God, the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17).


Thus, this catechism is not meant to replace the learning that is to occur from the regular digestion of the Bible. Rather, it is meant to be a supplemental tool to the work and study of God’s Word. In fact, one will not accurately understand the truths of this catechism if they are not also regular inhabitants of the Bible. This is why most questions are accompanied with Scripture. These aren’t just Scriptural proofs to be taken at face value, but they are avenues for the student of this catechism to get into the Word of God. That is likely the best way to view this tool: as an avenue or catalyst to get you into the true study of Scripture. This catechism distills Christian doctrine and can be a primer for you to dive into the depths of the Christian faith in all its wonder, mystery, joy, and beauty!


However, it must be said, catechisms are not just for intellectual advancement or academic knowledge. The Christian faith is a thinking faith, but the thinking and knowledge that is required of the Christian is not just knowledge that sits in the brain, occupying categories of fact, but it is to be a knowledge that affects the whole heart, or, said more accurately, the whole self or person. If our study of Scripture only serves to increase our intellectual prowess then we are not rightly studying Scripture. The goal of being a student of the Bible is to know God.


One cannot come to God and walk away unchanged. God affects the whole being. He touches our minds, our hearts, our emotions, and our spirit. This means that if you work through this catechism just for knowledge and emerge unchanged by these truths then you are missing the point. This catechism is to drive you to God through knowledge. Anything short of that goal must be reassessed and practiced differently.


It is my hope that this catechism serves to give you such a sweet taste of the good truth of God that you cannot help but run to the Bible for more. I hope it develops your sweet tooth for God and enhances your ability to smell the sweet honey of God from miles away. I hope it causes you to run, with great diligence, to those sound and true tools that help us all to grow in the grace of God and the personal knowledge of God to the glory of God!


We can spend our short years in this earthly life in no better way than in pursuing the knowledge of God that leads to a relationship with God. Go to the Bible, seek God, and enjoy Him from this moment on into eternity. *

*Taken from the Introduction of A Catechism for Trinity Baptist Church.