Preaching through the catechism

echoLast year, we preached through the Echo catechism over the course of 31 weeks in my faith community. That may sound like a long series for some, but we broke it down into six shorter series, the way that the catechism is broken down.

I got more pastoral opportunities out of this sermon series than I have ever had. And that should be no surprise. It was theological bread and butter every week. If we only had 31 weeks to lay out the most important elements of Christian faith, what would we choose? That means no messing around! It also means a deliberate walk through systematic theology in the order that it was classically presented.

Take a look and see what you think. If you’re interested, I’d be happy to talk more.

If you had 31 weeks to lay out the most important points of the Christian faith, what would you preach? Any changes you would make to this list?

Who is God?
1 – God is spirit.
2 – The attributes of God: omnipresence, wisdom, omnipotence, eternity.
3 – The nature of God — God is holy. God is love.
4 – There is no God but one.
5 – The triunity of God – our most distinctive and fundamental doctrine.

Creation and Sin
1 – God as Creator and sustainer of all things that exist.
2 – Created in the image of God (pt. I): righteous and holy.
3 – In the image of God (pt. II): rulers over every living creature.
4 – What is sin?
5 – Original Sin

Salvation
1 – Incarnation – God’s love and Christ’s humiliation
2 – Christ the King – exaltation and intercession on our behalf
3 – Repentance
4 – Salvation by Faith
5 – Justification
6 – Regeneration
7 – Adoption & Assurance
8 – Sanctification
9 – Alertness & Falling from Grace

The Church & Means of Grace
1 – What we mean when we say “Church”
2 – The office and work of ministry
3 – Baptism
4 – The Lord’s Supper
5 – The Word of God
6 – Prayer

The Law of God
1 – “Love the Lord”
2 – “Love your neighbor”
3 – Law & Grace

Death, Judgment & Eternity
1 – Death
2 – Judgment
3 – Eternity

Some more resources and articles on the catechism:
Why the United Methodist Church Needs a Catechism (on Asbury Seedbed)
Do Catechisms Create Parrots?
How Sunday School created a theologically illiterate American Church
Why we’re teaching our kids a catechism

3 thoughts on “Preaching through the catechism

  1. Also, for what it’s worth, we preached this series to conclude on Easter Sunday. Some serendipities that came with that plan:

    – Preaching on Christ’s exaltation on Christ the King Sunday
    – Repentance & Faith for the first two Sundays in Advent — John the Baptist for both was great and appropriate
    – Regeneration in Advent 4 – talking about new birth just before Christmas
    – Sanctification on New Year’s Day – We did a Wesley Covenant Service
    – God’s Law, Death, and Judgment throughout Lent
    – Eternity on Easter Sunday

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