If Sundays feel weird to you these days, you’re not alone! Now that many of us are gathering for worship in the afternoons, what are we supposed to do with Sunday mornings? Here’s a worthy goal: Let’s give more of the Lord’s Day to the Lord!
One way we are seeking to do this as a church is by using an excellent resource called the New City Catechism. It’s a 52-week question and answer format for learning and remembering some of the most precious and crucial truths of our faith. Why not gather with those in your home or with some friends on Sunday morning to fill our minds with glorious truths that lead us closer to our great Redeemer? (No seriously, why not?)
Because of the simple layout of the book as well as the excellent resources available online and through mobile apps, the only things you need to prepare are a time and a place. Whether you live alone, with a roommate, are raising young kids, or have a house full of teenagers, we encourage everyone to make use of this resource for the building up of hearts and homes. Pick up a hardcopy on Sunday afternoon or email the church office to request one. It’s our gift to you!
Beginning the first Sunday of September, let’s jump in together and fill our minds and hearts with glorious truths. If the Sunday morning timeframe doesn’t work for you, make a plan that does. But I know by sorry experience that if we don’t make intentional plans, we will almost certainly neglect the most important things and let our time get filled with more noise. Let’s resist this together!
May the Lord bless our efforts to give Him more of our time and attention — more of our hearts!
Pastor John Piper on why catechesis is important:
- We are required to “continue in the faith, stable and steadfast” (Colossians 1:23).
- We are urged to “attain to the unity of the . . . knowledge of the Son of God . . . so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:13–14).
- There are many deceivers (1 John 2:26).
- There are difficult doctrines “which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16).
- Leaders must be raised up who can “give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” (Titus 1:9).