New City Catechism Q. 16

So the family and I have been slowly going through New City Catechism, a great tool in teaching biblical theology to the church. Catechisms are simply questions and answers that help to instruct people in the faith. They can, at times, feel a little wonky, but we have found them helpful for us.

What we like about New City Catechism is that (1) it is short (only 52 questions and answers) and (2) that every answer has a shorter children’s version to memorize. So, essentially, we like that it is short. We don’t even try to memorize the adult version. Just the kid one.

Now, if you download the app, you’ll also find that the children’s version has songs. Apparently, all the songs have been written, but they have not all been posted to the app. Only the first fifteen have been posted (as of this entry).

Well, we’ve taken matters into our own hands and started making our own versions of the songs. This is really gonna screw our kids up when Crossway releases the other versions of the songs, but we don’t care. I decided to share the in case it helps you, too. It likely won’t (unless you play guitar and like catechisms), but might as well try.

Here’s Q.16:

What is sin?

Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, not being or doing what he requires in his law.

New City Catechism Q.16 from Hans Googer on Vimeo.

2 Replies to “New City Catechism Q. 16”

  1. I haven’t read the catechism, but form question 16 I understand that if I keep the law, then I’m in good graces with God. So then, there is no need for Christ. There must be a better answer than that.

    But, like I said, I have only read Q & A 16 as you posted it.

    1. Thanks for the comment, John.
      Yeah, coming in at question 16 doesn’t really set up the whole flow of thought/theology up to this point. A bunch of the questions are about Christ, the necessity of him being both God and man, the necessity of his death and the requirement of our faith in him. If you have concerns, I’d certainly encourage you to check it out. It’s solid.

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