Covenantal Catechism helps parents raise children who need more Scriptural understanding of 1 Kings to Malachi so they can make a clear and complete biblical confession of faith and live it out. Book 3 is for ages 7-8, Book 1 surveys 1 Kings to Malachi and contains lessons, reviews, memory work and songs, and Bible reading assignments.
Calvin, Luther, and Knox called catechetical instruction through question and answer essential. John Owen said, "More knowledge is ordinarily diffused, especially among the young and ignorant, by one hour’s catechetical exercise, than by many hours continual discourse."
When Jesus questioned his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?", Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
This is the essence of catechism and covenant. Catechism is a summary of the faith through question and answer. In a covenant, God reveals Himself and his people respond; God speaks, people answer. This catechism curriculum is built on that pattern.
In Covenantal Catechism, children learn
- What God has said and is saying to them in His Word, the Bible
- How they should answer God and what confession of faith to make.
Children learn both the unified story of God's covenantal redemption in Christ from Genesis to Revelation and how to faithfully live in covenant with God and make a clear, fitting, and deeply biblical confession of faith like the Reformed confessions from Heidelberg, Westminster, Dort, etc.
Henry Van Dyken was born in 1917, the eighth child in the family. After a move to California, Van Dyken grew up, married, and worked as an electrician. Changing his life's direction, he graduated from Calvin Seminary in 1954 and served in Orthodox Christian Reformed churches in California, Washington, and Canada. He loved the Heidelberg Catechism, preaching it and teaching numerous classes. This instruction led him to pen his own catechism books in a series entitled To You Is the Promise. Though Van Dyken passed away in 1985, he had founded several churches and developed their congregations. His son Rev. Donald Van Dyken has followed in his father's steps by leading a church, and he has revised his father's books.
AUTHOR: Harry Van Dyken
PAGE COUNT: 151 pages
RELEASE DATE: 2000