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Recovering an Ancient Practice for Modern Evangelicals

Historically, the church's ministry of grounding new believers in the essentials of the faith has been known as catechesis--systematic instruction in faith foundations, including what we believe, how we pray and worship, and how we conduct our lives. For most evangelicals today, however, this very idea is an alien conce
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Ryan Rindels
Being raised Southern Baptist, the word catechesis was thrown into the bin with a number of other obscure and foreign terms only Catholics, Lutherans care about. Gary Parrett and J.I. Packer put an emphasis on teaching church members the fundamentals of the Gospel: the Trinity, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten commandments. As they assert, most evangelicals today are a mile wide but only an inch deep.
Paul Kurtz
I read this book because I heard the authors interviewed in an episode of the White Horse Inn radio program (WHI-986, Feb. 28, 2010). I thought their thesis - that the church is strongest when it places an emphasis on catechesis - was intriguing. The book did not disappoint. According to the historical evidence presented in the book, it does appear that the church has been strongest when its catechetical efforts have also been strong. And as the emphasis on catechesis wanes, so does the overall ...more
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Recovering an Ancient Practice for Modern Evangelicals

Historically, the church's ministry of grounding new believers in the essentials of the faith has been known as catechesis--systematic instruction in faith foundations, including what we believe, how we pray and worship, and how we conduct our lives. For most evangelicals today, however, this very idea is an alien concept. Packer and Parrett, concerned for the state of the church, seek to inspire a much needed evangelical course correction. T
Jeff Stiles
This is a really well done book about the historical use of catechism in the Church to introduce people to the Christian faith and also using it as part of the process of membership for new converts.
For me, catechizing is a fairly new idea. And, I think it's a great idea. This book was really helpful for me as it showed the historical uses of catechism as well as the different forms of catechism.
Catechizing is not just a group of questions and answers. The Apostle's creed, explaining the Lor
What is catechesis?
It is more than memorizing a list of question and answers that were written 500 years ago. It entails the full range of instruction and training for everyone from those interested in the faith, to the new believer, to the newly baptized, to the continuing maturation of church members.

This book helped to broaden my scope from the catechism itself to see a more holistic view of training believers in the truth, life, and the way; engaging their heads, hearts, and hands. This mus
Jul 06, 2013 Jeremy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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There is an apathy and shallowness in today’s North American church that needs to be addressed. Throughout history, periods of revival and growth in the church were always preceded by a focus on teaching doctrine and the authors contend that this is the need today as well. Packer and Parrett present a strong case for the recovery of catechesis in the church based on several historical accounts and outline what catechesis should and could look like in today’s churches.

The authors contend that the
I borrowed this from my pastor and read it to see what I thought. The first two-thirds of the book breakdown the ideas of catechism and how it currently looks in the Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant churches. The history, background materials, and comparison charts are a wonderful read for those not knowledgeable; but as a whole, it reads more like a seminary textbook instead being intended for the average layman. The last third of the book would be most beneficial to Pastors and lay leaders l ...more
Apr 17, 2010 Jesse marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
In addition to Kevin DeYoung's great little devotional commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, The Good News We Almost Forgot (Moody), there is also J.I. Packer and Gary A. Parrett's learned and provocative argument for putting catchesis back at the heart of the church, Grounded in the Gospel (Baker). Taken together, these books are delightful, encouraging, and, for those involved in church leadership, challenging, calling us to revisit old paths in new ways, avoiding both the romantic antiquari ...more
Lee Bertsch
The authors make a strong case for some kind of formal catechism in a local church. In fact they almost try too hard to make the case as the book has a sort of bloated feel with more supporting evidence than needed and a fair bit of repetition. But that aside, there is much to commend in this book - the historical perspective, multiple examples of what a catechism might look like, and their crucial emphasis on making this a process to build up in the faith rather than create another tool for cul ...more
Nancy Kin
I found this book to be very interesting and helpful.
Linda Trostle
Packer and Parrett offer some very good advice on establishing catechesis in a church. They discuss successful catechetical methods and content used in the past and explain how to implement them today. At times, the authors offer their own acrostics, acronyms, and other memory aids; however, I did not always find them helpful--I think it depends on one's learning style. All in all, though, it was a very good and very helpful book.
Aaron Choi
"Catechesis" is a strange word for a Baptist like me. But Packer and Parrett bring clarity to the matter. I appreciated the Gospel-saturated counsel and practical wisdom but also found it to be redundant and a bit too ecumenical at times. Overall, stimulating stuff that helped me to re-evaluate my philosophy of Christian education in the local church and at home.
This one goes under the category of 'I didn’t know I was looking for this book until I read it'! The first half lays an amazing foundation for teaching the Faith. The way it is laid out shows how keeping it simple (the Gospel) can stretch way beyond the most profound aspects of what we believe and hold to as truth.
States the Western (Evangelical) Church is losing its Biblical literacy and therefore needs to be more concrete in providing Biblical and Doctrinal Education to its members. Lays a foundation for why we need more education, but the reader has to piece together what she and her church will do with the information.
John Larson
Very helpful book. Good historical overview of the practice of "catechesis", and strong exhortations to keep it up or, if necessary, pick it up.
Jeff Locke
Excellent book on discipling people in the gospel. Very helpful pedagogical handles throughout. Perhaps a bit more complex at times than need be.
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