Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
Though unseen, a tree’s roots are the most important feature. They provide nourishment, strength and stability. Trees that are healthy bear much fruit and stand firm and strong in the midst of the fiercest storms because of the strength of their roots. So it is with the follower of Christ. Christian growth, maturity, and fruitfulness are directly connected to their roots being firmly planted in Christ, His love, and His word (Ephesians 3:17 and John 15).
For the coming year, as a church family, we are going to be strengthening and deepening our roots through the study and application of our faith using the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and more importantly the scriptures that are its source. Children, students, and adults alike will be studying the richness of their faith in using materials centered on the catechism and appropriate to their age.
In class the primary book being used is Westminster Shorter Catechism Workbook Study by Ron Gleason. Other resources include The Westminster Shorter Catechism for Study Classes by G.I. Williamson, Understanding and Application of the Westminster Shorter Catechism by Dong Hee Lee, and The Confessions of Our Faith the Fortress Edition. For families looking to help their children’s understanding and grow together in Christ, resources include A Child’s Guide to the Westminster Shorter Catechism by James R. Boyd, and “Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions based on the Shorter Catechism by Starr Meade.