A Summary not a Substitute: An Introduction to the Shorter Catechism

This is a bit of a Father/son venture. My 14-year-old son Angus is helping me put together a series of short videos on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. He filmed and edited this brief introduction to the structure of the Catechism. We’re hoping these films and outlines might help introduce young people to this wonderful summary of the Christian faith.

I.    Introduction (1-3)

II.  What we are to believe (4-38)

A. God’s Nature and Character (4-6)
B. God’s Creation and Providence (8-11)
C. God’s “Problem” (12-19)
D. God’s Salvation (20-38)

1. The Redeemer (20-28)
2. The Application of Redemption (29-31)
3. The Benefits of Redemption (32-38)

III. What we are to do (39-107)

A. God’s Law (39-84)
B. God’s Gospel (85-107)

1. Faith (86)
2. Repentance (87)
3. Means of Grace (88-107)

a. The Word of God (88-90)
b. The Sacraments (91-97)
c. Prayer (98-107)

  • Ben Thorp

    Oooh – looking forward to this series. Do you have a recommendation in terms of buying a copy of the WSC? Should I go for a “modern english” version, or is the original easily readable enough?

    • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

      Sorry, Ben, missed your question. I use the original, but I was brought up with it so it’s not a problem for me. Douglas Kelly put together a nice modern version which I also use. http://www.amazon.com/Westminster-Shorter-Catechism-Modern-English/dp/0875525482

      • Ben Thorp

        Thanks :) Bought it. I worship in a (somewhat modern) Church of Scotland, but was brought up an Anglican. In recent years I’ve been increasingly interested in some of the faith-roots of the denomination I find myself in.

        • http://headhearthand.org/blog/ David Murray

          Great stuff. Didn’t know you were in Scotland. Hope you enjoy the catechism.

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