Course: New City Catechism

The New City Catechism is designed to be an overview of the Christian faith. It’s an excellent way of learning the Christian faith from the beginning.

Lessons
  • #1: Our Only Hope What is our only hope?
  • #2: What is God? The question of who God is has a huge bearing on everything – how we understand ourselves, how we understand our place in the Universe, how we see human beings… it’s vital to begin with this question.
  • #3: How many persons are there in God? The Trinity is fundamental to the Christian faith – in this video I try to explain why it’s such an important topic.
  • #4: How and why did God create us? Have you ever wished there was a manual for human beings? Look no further…
  • #5: What else did God make? “God made everything” is something we teach to children – but the creation has a lot to teach adults as well.
  • #6: How can we glorify God? What is our purpose in life? Q&A#4 gave us the answer to glorify God. But – what is it, and how do we achieve it? What does it look like in our lives?
  • #7: What does the law of God require? What does God’s law ask of us – is it all about “Thou Shalt Not”? Or is it all about stopping us from enjoying life?
  • #8: The Ten Commandments (Overview) People sometimes talk about the Ten Commandments as the foundation of morality or Western society. And yet few people know what they are. Why do they matter so much?
  • #9: Commandments 1-3: True Worship The first three commandments are really about the worship of God. How do we do it rightly? And how important is it?
  • #10: Commandments 4-5: Sabbath and Parents Commandments #4 and #5 move from our worship of God to how that worship should start to make a difference in our lives – how we use our time (Sabbath) and how we treat our family (honour your parents).
  • #11: Commandments 6-8: Murder, Theft, Adultery These commandments are what I would call the ‘Big 3’ – most people know them and at least try to practice them. But – doesn’t that mean it’s pointless spending time thinking about them? Absolutely not! – these three commandments go a lot deeper than it might seem…
  • #12: Commandments 9-10: Lying and Coveting What does it mean to not bear false witness against our neighbour, and to avoid coveting? How do they relate to the rest of the 10 commandments?
  • #13: Are we basically good people? Can we perfectly obey God? Are we basically good people? These are fundamental and important questions about what it means to be human, and what it means to be Christian.
  • #14: Did God make us unable to keep his law? ‘What is wrong with the world’? – We all sense there is a gap between how the world is and how we think it ought to be. Why is that? Why do we find it so hard to do what’s right?
  • #15: What’s the point of the Law (if we can’t keep it)? If wen’re not able to keep the Law – why did God give it to us? Here’s three reasons why.
  • #16: What is sin? “Sin” is something which society doesn’t talk much about – if at all. But it’s absolutely vital to understand what it is.
  • #17: What is idolatry? What is idolatry? Not a question many people are asking, to be fair! – but idolatry hasn’t disappeared from our society, it has simply gone undercover. Understanding idolatry is hugely important for the Christian life. Let me explain why.
  • #18: Will God leave sin unpunished? We’ve been talking a lot about sin over the last few weeks – but, at the end of the day, does it really matter? Can’t God just overlook it? Isn’t he forgiving?
  • #19: Is there any way to be right with God? We’ve thought a lot about the ‘bad news’ recently – sin, punishment, etc. But is there any way we can be saved, is there any way we can be right with God?
  • #20: Who is the Redeemer? Is God kind and loving? – most people (if not everyone) would like to believe this is true – but can we? This is what we’re thinking about in this 20th Catechism question – ‘Who is the Redeemer?’
  • #21: What kind of redeemer do we need? We’ve now reached Part 2 of the catechism, where we start to think about who Jesus is and what he’s done – how it all works out. In this question, we think about what kind of Redeemer we need to bring us to God.
  • #22: Why did Jesus need to be truly human? Why did Jesus need to be fully human? We started to think about this question last week – and it’s an important one.
  • #23: Why did Jesus need to be truly God? Jesus was ‘fully God, and fully human’ – but why? Last week we looked at why Jesus needed to be fully human – this week, we explore a little why he needed to be fully God.
  • #24: Why did Jesus have to die? The heart of the Christian faith in many ways: why was it that Jesus *needed* to die? Was it a big cosmic accident? Was it purposeless? Or did it accomplish God’s purposes?
  • #25: Can all our sins be forgiven? Forgiveness is rare these days – so is it really possible for God to forgive all our sins?
  • #26: What else did Christ’s death redeem? Is redemption simply about us and God, or does it have a wider effect? And if so, what is it? The BIble says that redemption is not the end – it’s only the beginning…
  • #27: Will everyone be saved? A common question – will everyone in the world be saved? And if not, how do we account for the work that God seems to be doing in the world in people of other faiths or who don’t know God?
  • #28: What will happen to those who do not believe in Jesus? Most people spend their lives trying to avoid thinking about death, but it happens to everyone. It’s an important topic to think about – Jesus spent a lot of time talking about it. What will happen to those who do not believe in Jesus when they die?
  • #29: How can we be saved? One of the most important questions in the world – how can we be saved? What do we need to do? And what difference does it make?
  • #30: What is faith? People often talk about faith as if it’s the amount you have that really makes the difference. But does the amount of faith actually matter?
  • #31: What should Christians believe? – The Apostles Creed We’ve been talking a lot about faith over the last few videos – but what should Christians actually have faith in? What should be the content of that believe? Shortly after the Bible was written the church came up with the Apostles Creed, which is intended to be a short summary of Christian teaching – a helpful summary for us of what we should believe.
  • #32: Motivation for serving God | Justification and Sanctification Do you serve God because you fear what will happen if you don’t? Do you serve God because you are trying to win his approval? Or do you think that you already have God’s approval, so you don’t really need to try too hard? This is a tough issue which many people struggle with. Two theological words – justification and sanctification – help us to understand a right motivation for serving God.
  • #33: Should we trust in good deeds for our salvation? Is it possible to have faith in Christ and trust in good deeds for our salvation? Can we, even in some small way, earn our way into God’s favour?
  • #34: If God forgives, why should we obey? One of the most common questions people have is – if God forgives us of everything, why should we obey him? Can’t we just do whatever we like? It’s a good question – how should we answer it?
  • #35: Where does faith come from? “I wish I had your faith”. Is it right to be jealous of other people’s faith? Should we look down on others for having little faith? Should we think of faith as something which earns favour with God?
  • #36: What do we believe about the Holy Spirit? What should we believe about the Holy Spirit?
  • #37: What does the Holy Spirit do? In our last video we were thinking about who the Holy Spirit is. In this video we turn to think about what he does in our lives.
  • #38: What is prayer? A lot of people pray – but what actually is prayer?
  • #39: With what attitude should we pray? Few people, if any, think about our attitude when we pray! Yet it is very important to understanding what prayer important.
  • #40: What should we pray? What should be the content of our prayers? The Bible has a lot more to say than simply the Lord’s Prayer – in particular it is worth digging into the Psalms every day.
  • #41: How should we pray? (Lord’s Prayer) What does the Lord’s prayer teach us about how we should pray?
  • #42: How should we read the Bible? The Bible can be an intimidating book to read and it’s sometimes difficult to get into it. How should we read it to benefit from it? In this video I don’t focus so much on practical tips but more on the ‘big picture’ of how we should read the Bible.
  • #43: What are the sacraments? People have many different views about the sacraments. What can we say about them and how they operate? Do they ‘work’ without faith, or are they simply signs?
  • #44: What is baptism? In the last video we thought about the sacraments. Here we focus in on baptism: what is it? What does it mean? Should Christians be baptised? What difference does it make?
  • #45: Does baptism itself wash away sin? Is the washing with water enough to wash away sin? Or do we need more? Can we be baptised and then live however we like?
  • #46: What is the Lord’s Supper? The Lord’s Supper, or Communion, or the Eucharist – what does it really mean? Is it the most significant thing in the Christian life? Or is it simply about remembering occasionally what Jesus did? Or somewhere between them?
  • #47: Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work? Part 2 of the Lord’s Supper videos – does communion add anything to what Christ has done for us?
  • #48: What is the church? A lot of people ask whether it’s possible to be a Christian without going to church. A big part of the answer to that question will depend on how you define church. So – what is church? A building? An event? The people? Can we dispense with it?…
  • #49: Where is Christ now? Where is Jesus – not a trick question! Where is Christ now and what does it mean for us?
  • #50: What does Christ’s resurrection mean for us? All of us are somewhere along the process of growing old and eventually dying. We may feel our body wearing out. But there is hope in the resurrection.
  • #51: What does Christ’s ascension mean for us? Most Christians don’t think much about the ascension of Jesus. But it is something which has continuing significance for us.
  • #52: What hope does eternal life hold for us? Is heaven all about sitting around on a cloud with a harp? Or do Christians have a more grounded hope?
  • Total: 52 sessions.
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