At Heritage, we encourage parents to make use of the many tools at their disposal for the training of covenant children. Among those tools are the catechisms of the Church. In particular we encourage parents to use the Children’s Catechism. By learning the Children’s Catechism at a very young age, children will be equipped to give an answer for themselves in the years to come. Here is a sampling of the first couple of questions:
Q: Who made you?
Q: What else did God make?
A: God made all things.
Q: Why did God make you and all things?
A: For His own glory.
As the catechism progresses the questions become more advanced. Here are questions #56 through #58:
Q: What blessings do sinners who are effectually called receive in this life?
A: The blessings of justification, adoption, and sanctification.
Q: What is justification?
A: Justification is God’s forgiving sinners and declaring them to be righteous.
Q: What is adoption?
A: Adoption is God’s receiving sinners into His family as His own dear children.
We practice what is called a “First Pass” and a “Second Pass.” The first pass is simply question and answer and can be started at a very young age, not long after children begin to speak. Achievements are acknowledged before the church and awards given as children progress.
After the first pass is completed children proceed to the second pass. At this point, the questions and answers are memorized and the children add Scripture proofs for each question. At Heritage, we believe this is important in the training of our children.