You may or may not be familiar with the word catechism. It sounds Catholic, right? While Roman Catholics have their own form of catechism (which is certainly not biblical), as a reformed Baptist, a catechism is simply teaching truths about God’s word and learning questions and answers about Him.
When we first started children’s catechism books, I initially thought it would be too much for our kids to remember but boy was I wrong! My children’s brains soak these biblical truths up like sponges. It’s actually incredible. My youngest daughter was almost 2 years old when we started and she would knock it out of the park and kept right up with her older brother and sister!
Learning catechism is also good for me too! I’m learning and memorizing so much right along with the children. It often surprises me how often catechism questions and answers come up naturally and oftentimes randomly in our daily conversations. It makes my mama’s heart so happy when I see the fruit and evidence of God’s truths sinking in my children’s hearts. I love to see the Lord working in their little hearts!
While you don’t need to be reformed in doctrine to use a catechism, I’m a firm believer that it is one of the best ways, besides God’s Word, to teach sound biblical theology to children. If you want to know what Reformed Christianity is, check out these outstanding resources from Voddie Baucham and R.C. Sproul.
If you’re serious about teaching your children a solid biblical theology, going through children’s catechism books is a great starting point! Whether you’re teaching from a 1689 London Baptist Confession, Westminster Confession, Heidelberg, or Keache’s catechism, it will benefit your children and your family tremendously.
Must-Have Children’s Catechism Books
If you’re new to doing catechism with your children here is an excellent book to help you start this endeavor.
Training Young Hearts for Christ: Opening up the Reformed Catechisms for the Entire Family
Training Young Hearts for Christ offers helpful insights into some of Christianity’s most cherished catechisms by presenting gospel truths to a young and modern generation in plain language that makes this complex subject easily understood.
Now, let’s check out these must-have children’s catechism books, shall we?
Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism
Training Hearts, Teaching Minds, is a book of daily readings and aids memorization by devoting six days and meditations to each question. It explains the catechism in simple language, includes key Scripture readings, and takes just a few moments each day, allowing time for discussion and review.
My First Book of Questions And Answers
My First Book of Questions and Answers helps to explain the Christian faith to young children in bite-sized chunks using 114 profound questions and answers, backed by scripture proofs, and provides an invaluable tool to get you started.
The Young Baptist’s Catechism
The Young Baptist’s Catechism, taken from the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, is written in a question-and-answer format and is a wonderful guide that will introduce young children to the historic Reformed faith.
*We are currently working through this one!
The Children’s Catechism
The Children’s Catechism is a Bible verse memory system designed to help believers and their families learn the Word of God in a systematic and thoughtful way.
Westminster Shorter Catechism For Kids
The Westminster Shorter Catechism For Kids series explores the Westminster Shorter Catechism on a level that children can easily understand. These convenient and easy-to-use worksheets help children learn the Westminster Shorter Catechism and also understand and apply it to everyday Christian life.
A Child’s Guide to the Westminster Shorter Catechism
A Child’s Guide to the Westminster Shorter Catechism is a timeless Catechism that includes questions and answers, which lead to the cherished questions of reformed Christian doctrine. Though written in the seventeenth century, this Catechism remains just as relevant and important today as when it was first formed. A must-have for every Christian parent!
Truth & Grace Memory Books
The Truth And Grace Memory Books are a help to those striving to raise young children in the Lord. It contains a historic Baptist catechism called A Catechism for Boys and Girls. There are also suggested Scripture memory, hymns, bible that serve to strengthen children to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Catechism For Young Children
The Catechism For Young Children is a great introduction for children, ages 2 through 4 with helping in teaching your children the basic categories of biblical Christianity.
Children’s Gospel Catechism
The Children’s Gospel Catechism includes colorful illustrations, scripture references, and question and answer that have been prayerfully designed to introduce children to foundational truths of the great Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A Catechism For Boys & Girls
A Catechism For Boys & Girls is FREE and is a simple catechism that is very helpful for teaching young children to understand and remember the basic truths of the Christian faith.
The New City Catechism for Kids
The New City Catechism for Kids aims to teach the core doctrines of the Christian faith to children ages 4–11. This 64-page booklet contains each of the 52 easy-to-understand questions and short answers designed to help children understand who God is and what he has done.
An Illustrated Children’s Catechism
An Illustrated Catechism for Children is a series of questions and answers based on traditional Christian catechisms designed to help teach children biblical truths. The little questions, big answers, bright colors, and fun illustrations all assist parents in shaping their children’s worldview and building a biblical foundation.
The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New
While not a traditional Q&A catechism, The Ology will give your children a gift that will last a lifetime—a solid foundation of transformative biblical truth that will point them to the God who loves them and gave himself for them. Each truth is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture taking abstract concepts in the Bible and making them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies.
Digital Children’s Catechism
Catechesis.app is an open-source app that houses full digital versions of seven different catechisms including the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Westminster Larger Catechism, Catechism For Young Children, Heidelberg Catechism, New City Catechism, Keach’s Catechism, and Puritan Catechism! This amazing online resource is perfect for on-the-go.
Do You Have A Favorite Children’s Catechism Book?
Is there a catechism book not listed here that you love? Comment below, I’d love to learn about it!