Sun, May 26

UnExpected: The Persecuted | Matt. 5:10-12
Alf Halvorson preaching

Unshakable Truth

What We Believe and Why

This summer, the MDPC Pastors and Seminarians will preach from the Catechisms—but what is a Catechism, you ask? The late Tim Keller, in his introduction to The New City Catechism, offered this description: "Today many churches and Christian organizations publish 'statements of faith' that outline their beliefs. But in the past it was expected that documents of this nature would be so biblically rich and carefully crafted that they would be memorized and used for Christian growth and training. They were written in the form of questions and answers, and were called catechisms (from the Greek katechein, which means “to teach orally or to instruct by word of mouth”)."

Catechesis is somewhat of a lost practice these days. Most discipleship programs focus on Bible Study, prayer, fellowship, and evangelism, but doctrine can sometimes get lost in the mix. Catechisms take students through the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer, what Keller calls "a perfect balance of biblical theology, practical ethics, and spiritual experience." 

Join us this summer as we use the catechisms to delve deeper into the study of Christian doctrines. We'll learn more about what we believe and why! (The preaching schedule will be published shortly.)