I am beginning a new series of posts today which are very much intended for you and me to use in our homes with children. We are going to be working through the Westminster Shorter Catechism. I come from a Reformed Baptist position and not Presbyterian. Therefore I will make application when I come to the topics of infant baptism and the like.
There are 107 questions in the WSC, and 365 days in a year. I plan to write 3 devotions on each question, having 44 left over days to add a fourth devotion when it seems best to me. I am going to be using a threefold approach to each question we tackle. The first day will answer the knowledge question of what. The second day will answer the skill question of how. And the third day will answer the character question of why. I want these truths to mold and shape my family in knowledge, skill, and character. Our aim will not be to memorize the catechism, but rather to understand and begin the process of mastering it.
Practically speaking, it is hard these days for all six of us to find the time to be together in one room. Many days we have to forgo a devotion for a simple blessing and prayer. I am guessing that if the Lord grants me diligence to persevere through all 107 questions; it will take a couple of years. We’ll see how it goes. I will make a category called Family Catechism and post these devotions inside.
If you think of it, please pray for me that I will indeed press on through this effort. I begin and fail in many things. I suppose it is better than never beginning, but my inconsistency can be frustrating at times to my friends and family. I have a lofty goal of comprising a book out of these writings to pass on to my children. O Lord, let it be!