A Guide in Catechetical Instruction

by Rev. H. Hoeksema (revised by Prof. H. Hanko)

Table of Contents:

Lesson 1: The Knowledge of God
Lesson 2: Holy Scripture
Lesson 3: God's Essence and Names
Lesson 4: God's Incommunicable Attributes
Lesson 5: God's Communicable Attributes
Lesson 6: The Holy Trinity
Lesson 7: God's Work in Eternity
Lesson 8: Creation
Lesson 9: God's Providence
Lesson 10: Man in the State of Original Righteousness
Lesson 11: The Fall of Man
Lesson 12: The Mediator and His Names
Lesson 13: The Natures of the Mediator
Lesson 14: The Offices of the Mediator
Lesson 15: The State of Humiliation
Lesson 16: The State of Humiliation (continued)
Lesson 17: The State of Exaltation
Lesson 18: The Covenant of Grace
Lesson 19: Regeneration
Lesson 20: The Calling
Lesson 21: Saving Faith
Lesson 22: Justification
Lesson 23: Sanctification
Lesson 24: The Church
Lesson 25: The Means of Grace
Lesson 26: Baptism
Lesson 27: The Lord's Supper
Lesson 28: The Death of Believers
Lesson 29: The Second Coming of the Lord
Lesson 30: The End of All Things
Nicene Creed
Athanasian Creed
Chalcedonian Creed


This book is a revision of Rev. H. Hoeksema's Essentials of Reformed Doctrine. It is not, therefore, an entirely new book. Much of what was originally contained in the old book has been retained. Chiefly, an effort was made to make the question and answer section somewhat more comprehensive and to make the written work appended to each lesson easier to do. The goal of the written work is to encourage the catechumens to become acquainted with Scripture, our creeds, and some of our Protestant Reformed literature.

The lessons are somewhat longer than in the older edition, and the catechete will probably find that it is impossible to cover all the lesson in one session. It is advisable that two weeks be spent on each lesson, therefore, and the work of each lesson can be divided accordingly for the catechumen. In the written work the students are occasionally asked to consult material in The History of the Protestant Reformed Churches. If this book is not available, the pertinent material can be found in Rev. H. Hoeksema's Reformed Dogmatics by consulting the index.

Our hope is that this revision will suit better the needs of the catechism class and that God will bless these efforts so that our covenant youth may grow up to know and love the truth of Scripture and our Reformed heritage.

Prof. Herman C. Hanko

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