Patricia Willoughby is here to kick off this new year of Word Nerd Wednesdays with the word catechize. I hope you’ll find a reason to make this practice a part of your life.
What Does It Mean?
According to Webster’s Dictionary 1828 online dictionary, there are three definitions. An alternate spelling is catechise.
- To instruct by asking questions, receiving answers, and offering explanations and corrections.
- To question; to interrogate; to examine or try by questions, and sometimes with a view to reproof, by eliciting answers from a person, which condemn his own conduct.
- Appropriately, to ask questions concerning the doctrines of the Christian religion; to interrogate pupils and give instruction in the principles of religion.
Where Do We Hear the Word Today?
If you were to Google the word catechize you would come across references to Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox Presbyterian churches. However, I do believe that it is not only for these denominations but also for all Christian believers as a means of training and instruction.
What Does God’s Word Tell Us To Do?
There are several references about training and giving instruction in God’s Word. Here are a couple of verses to read.
“If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.” 1 Timothy 4:6 ESV
“These things” that Paul is referring to are the words of faith taught by the Apostles. This is a matter of duplication and passing it on down from one believer to the next.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up on the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Ephesians 6:4 ESV
This makes me think of Proverbs 22:6. We are instructed to train up a child in the way they should go so that when they are older they will not depart from it. This is so vital to our children and their children to come.
Is It Relevant? Yes!
Therefore, catechize is a relevant term today, because it is an effective means of training and instructing young and old alike. The question and answer approach helps one to process what one believes and to give answer to anyone who asks why/what they believe. Thus, we can give a reason for the hope that is in us when asked. And one will know what he/she believes without hesitation.
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 1 Peter 3:15-16 ESV
If someone were to ask you what you believe, what would your reply be?
How will you train and instruct your children?
Here is a good article with some two good reasons to catechize, “Why Catechize?”#Catechize Is it even still relevant today? #wordnerdwednesday @patrmwill651 Click To Tweet
Patricia is a wife and mother. She has served in the USAF and Reserves where she met her first husband and father of her only son. Shortly before Christmas and before her son was born, her life was changed by the tragic death of her husband. After 15 years as a single mom, God brought her heart’s desire into her life. She is happily married and between her and her husband they have 4 adult children. Her son and step-son are both on the Autism Spectrum and live at home.
Patricia has been mining God’s Word for insight and wisdom on her blog since February of 2015. She loves to share what God reveals to her through His Word. She refers to herself as a Silver Miner 4 God.
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