“There never was a man in the world without a creed. What is a creed? A creed is what you believe. What is a confession? It is a declaration of what you believe. That declaration may be oral or it may be committed to writing, but the creed is there either expressed or implied.”—B.H. Carrol
A Catechism for Babes, or, Little Ones, Suitable to their Capacity more than others have been Formerly,
1652 by H. Jessey, a servany of Jesus Christ
Prov. 22.6 Catechise or begin the child in his way, according to his 1capacitie: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
2 Tim. 3.15. From 2infancy thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation.
1Heb. mouth 2Gr. an infant
Q. Who made you?
A. God made me. (Psal. 100.3. Know that the Lord is God, he made us, and not we.)
Q. When did God make you?
A. God made me before I was born. (Psal. 139.13,16, next proof.)
Q. Where did God make you?
A. God made me in my Mother’s womb. (Job 31.15. Did not he that made me in the womb, make him?)
Q. Wherefore did God make you?
A. God made me that I should serve him. (Psal. 100.3. Serve the Lord, —he made us. Luke 1.74.)
Q. Must you not then learn to know God, that so you may rightly serve him?
A. Yea I must learn to know God. (See the first proof 1 Chro. 28.9: Know the God of thy Fathers.)
Q. When must you learn to know God?
A. I must learn to know God now, when I am but a child. (2 Tim. 3,14,15. Eccles. 12.1,2. Prov. 22.6. Remember now thy Creator. See the Title page.)
Q. How may you learn to know God?
A. I may learn to know God by his word, and by his workes. (Deut. 17.19. Psai. 91.7. 11.1 John 39.40. Rom. 1.19,20. He shall read it all the dayes of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God. The Heavens declare the glory of God. Psa. 19.1.
You are encouraged to read the complete catechism – and find many other excellent resources to build up your faith in Christ – right here.
Good post brother. It’s good for us, as parents, to catechize our kids with sound teachings because, as we all know, the world is trying to catechize them.
Just mailed the “complete catechism” to my grandson (actually to his parents) with the hopes that he’ll know much of this in a year or so. Can’t start um too young! I just wished he lived closer :<(
I am already using the shorter catechism with my children…but this one sounds good too! 🙂 Thank you for sharing it!
Thanks to ya’ll! Let us press on for the glory our Lord.
Anyone have a good resource for teaching the 1689 LBCF to children? Have thought about just ordering the Carey revision (modern english), but am curious as to whether anyone knows of a particular teaching resource geared toward children.
Kipp – There are several other good catechisms on that web site linked to up top, but I don’t know of one specifically for the 1689 (my wife is working on one, but it’s a way from being complete).
i’ve been starting this sporadically with my little girl (still not quite two) for a while, but one thing that i’ve found difficult is not having a printed book that she can bring to me to read to her, it’s more the Q&A that my wife and I give her.
Might have to print it up for her in a booklet form, and try to get some coloured pictures to keep her interested.
Good on ya, Bruce. I encourage you to do just what you suggested and I thank the Lord for a faithful father who loves his children the way you do.
Thanks Manfred. I do quite a bit of catechizing with my girls, but I was looking to build a bit of a “systematic” element into my instruction. The 1689 is a marvelous confession. I may just make my own lessons, asking my children (12 & 9) to defines some of the words on their own, then tying their legwork into a lesson on the particular part of the confession. Would be interested to see what your wife comes up with though!