In honor of this week being Thanksgiving week, I thought I would honor the Pilgrims (Puritans)…
The Puritans used catechisms, creeds, and confessions to disciple their flocks. A catechism is the process of instructing believers both young and old in the basics of the Christian faith. The Greek word for “instruct” or “teach” is katecheo from which we get our English word “catechize.”
Catechisms provide basic summaries of the church’s teachings to ensure that all members of the church understand the essentials of the faith for themselves. Most catechisms generally have questions and answers accompanied by biblical support and explanations.
The Puritans developed their own catechisms, including the Westminster Catechism in the 1640s. Written to provide children, new believers, and church members alike a short but comprehensive summary of the church’s doctrines, theWestminster Catechisms are the most important and influential of all the catechisms. (Winfield Bevins)