Monthly Archives: February 2013


David Helm has written a great book called One-to-One in which he makes the case for a very simple but effective strategy in ministry: Bible Reading.

One blurb puts it this way:

31TjMvCMK-L._Can you think of people in your life that you would like to see progress spiritually–perhaps

a non-Christian colleague, or a Christian friend at church, or a family member? Here’s a way to help them understand more of God in a way that is simple and personal, and that

doesn’t rely on getting them to a church program or event. All this is possible through one-to-one Bible reading.


And if that wasn’t simple enough, Bradley Aucoin has written a two-page summary of Helm’s book which you can find here: Reading the Bible One On One.

You will be profoundly encouraged at the simplicity of the ideas and, if you should try it, the results of this simple approach to ministry.


Discipleship Resource

From the Gospel Coalition Blog comes a series of videos that are Q&A from some of our most helpful teachers on life’s most important questions. Here’s a sample:

For more, check out the blog and the short videos on many helpful topics:

Tim Keller has explained the purpose of catechisms this way:

New-City-Catechism-300x114Catechisms were written with at least three purposes. The first was to set forth a comprehensive exposition of the gospel—not only in order to explain clearly what the gospel is, but also to lay out the building blocks on which the gospel is based, such as the biblical doctrine of God, of human nature, of sin, and so forth. The second purpose was to do this exposition in such a way that the heresies, errors, and false beliefs of the time and culture were addressed and counteracted. The third and more pastoral purpose was to form a distinct people, a counter-culture that reflected the likeness of Christ not only in individual character but also in the church’s communal life.

The Gospel Coalition supported their efforts and asked permission to make this catechism available in other formats for people outside of Redeemer. We worked to film short high-definition videos providing teaching from leading pastors and theologians around each question. Our goal was to make this as widely accessible as possible. It was very important for us to make this resource available for free in every case. As a result, we have developed an interactive iPad app, a dedicated websiteRSS feed, and automated e-mail option to allow for instant international distribution. Following this blog will give you access to all 52 questions and answers, one published per week along with video commentary.

The purpose of this catechism is simple–to help both children and adults learn about and enjoy fellowship with God. It is not designed to replace Bible study but to help people learn essential Bible doctrines. The practice of question-answer recitation brings readers into an dialogical process of learning. Working through a catechism works best in community–whether parents catechizing their children, churches catechizing their new members, or small groups participating in this process together. So we encourage you to join the community learning New City Catechism over the next year.

The catechism is divided into three parts to make it easier to learn in sections: part 1—God, creation and fall, law (20 questions); part 2—Christ, redemption, grace (15 questions); and part 3—Spirit, restoration, growing in grace (17 questions).

We hope you enjoy New City Catechism as you study the wonder and work of God.