for Learning and Developing in the Reformed-Christian Faith.
We live in a day in which our children are often subjected to a fragmented curriculum in the schools, which results in many passing through the system without being adequately educated to function in society. Likewise, the Biblical instruction of our children is also fragmented and rarely systematic. This leads to a situation later in life when they are "tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive…" ( Ephesians 4:14 ).
God has intended for His children to know the scriptures "from a child" and this knowledge will make him/her "wise unto salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus". Furthermore, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be throughly furnished unto all good works" ( 2 Timothy 3:15-17 ).
God has led the Church of the past to develop systematic Bible and doctrinal catechism instruction materials in order to preserve and transmit the truth to the next generation. Sadly, this practice is no longer widely maintained.
The Catechism booklets featured in the office reflect the labors of a faithful denomination of Christian churches, which has preserved this tradition. Beginning when the child first learns to read and continuing untill he/she becomes a maturing youth (or young adult) there will have been adequate instruction in the "whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27). This will help the Christian parent to "train up a child in the way he should go" to insure that "when he is old he will not depart from it" ( Proverbs 22:6 ).
Pierre C. LeMaster, MD Pediatrician
The materials in this section were prepared for the internet by Dr. Pierre LeMaster and are presented here with his permission.