Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way

9780801068386mCatechism and Catechesis

According to Packer —

  • Catechesis is a thoroughly biblical idea and practice
  • The practice of rigorous catechesis has proven to be essential and effective
  • Many forces have conspired to distract most of today’s evangelicals from the biblical business of catechizing
  • Catechesis involves instruction that is both ancient and essential
  • Catechesis involves instruction that is holistic
  • Catechesis involves instruction that is highly relational and interactive
  • Catechesis involves instruction that is timely and culturally relevant
  • Catechesis involves instruction that is foundational for faith development throughout one’s life.

We might use instruction, teaching, nurture, formation, or invoke some other related term. But each of these actually represents a piece of the ministry that is catechesis; no one of them captures the whole of it.

Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J. I. Packer and Gary A. Parrett (BakerBooks, 2010) 29-30, 32.

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