Below is a description of this resource and how it can be used. Click HERE to download the pdf.
There is no greater subject to which you can turn your attention than the subject of your relationship to God. You may learn a thousand skills and an encyclopedia’s worth of information on a variety of topics, but it will all be in vain on the day of judgment if you do not know God through Christ. Likewise, the knowledge of the Gospel and those things that pertain to the salvation of the soul are the most important truths that you can impart to others, especially the next generation.
This resource is intended to instruct the heart in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Though certainly not an in depth treatment, it will address those subjects that contribute to a proper understanding of salvation. The goal of this resource is not mere knowledge, for knowledge puffs up (I Corinthians 8:1). Rather, the goal is to lead hearts to faith in Christ, equip believers to share the Gospel, and encourage believers in the glories of salvation.
The format used in this resource is one of question and answer. Some may recognize this format by another name, “catechism”. A catechism is simply a summary of Christian truths (usually in a question and answer format) used for instruction. The Greek word from which we get our English word “catechize” is used in Luke 1:4 where it is translated “instructed”. Theophilus (v. 3) was a convert that had been “catechized” or instructed in the truths of the Christian faith.
The method of instructing by means of questions with corresponding answers is an old one and has been used at various times throughout church history to train Christians in Biblical truths. Of course, a catechism is only useful if it is rooted in the Scriptures.
This resource contains seventy-five questions and answers that are intended to instruct in the truths of the Gospel. The format includes a main question, the corresponding answer, verses of Scripture to examine, and a paragraph that provides further explanation.
To help avoid the tendency toward rote memory or mere knowledge of these truths the end of each section contains a question or two that have no given answer. These are meant to lead the reader or the one being instructed to consider how the truths learned apply personally. Many of these questions probe the heart so as to expose faith or unbelief.
This resource is meant to be versatile. The following are some suggested uses.
- For personal instruction in the Gospel. One who is not a Christian may use this resource to better understand the salvation that is offered in Christ.
- For sharing the Gospel. This resource could be used by a Christian to help others understand the Gospel.
- For instructing children in the Gospel. This is a particularly important use of this resource. Parents can use the questions and answers provided as a part of family devotions or perhaps bedtime instruction. The questions and answers can be simply read to the child or the child could be encouraged to memorize the answers, thus reinforcing the truths upon the mind. Even children who have already believed on Christ will benefit from this resource as it will prepare them to better communicate the Gospel to others.
- Personal meditation on the Gospel. Christians may use this resource as a means of reminding themselves of the Gospel they have already believed. Meditating on the truths of the Gospel can encourage holy living and loving worship.
- The writer of Hebrews referred to the Gospel message spoken by the Lord, confirmed by His Apostles, and authenticated by miracles as a “great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3-4). Truly our salvation is great! May the Lord bless as you give your mind and heart to considering this great salvation and as you instruct others in its glorious truths.