lighthouse catechism

The Greek word for "instruct" or "teach" is katecheo. Katecheo is where we get our word "catechize." A Christian catechism is an organized teaching tool meant for the instruction and discipleship of believers both young and old. It is usually accomplished through the memorization of question and answers.


The goal behind this catechism is two-fold. First, Paul says he would rather speak five words for the instruction of others than ten thousand words in a tongue (1 Cor. 14:19). A crucial and central aspect of Christian discipleship is teaching (Matt. 28:19) and catechisms are a helpful and accessible tool to use in this process. Second, Moses calls Israelite households to instruct their children in the Shema (Deut. 6:7-4). It is my sincere conviction that catechisms are the best way to pass Christian theology and biblical truth on to the next generation.

The Lighthouse Catechism is adapted from the Baptism Catechism, Westminster Shorter Catechism, Heidelberg Catechism, and New City Catechism. I have simply taken the question and answers from these historic catechisms and modified them for children. The name of this catechism comes from a desire to guide our children with truth and guard them from deception. Lighthouses are pillars of light that guide sailors into the harbor and guard them from the rocks. The goal of this catechism is to guide children with the light of the gospel and guard them from false teaching. The catechism is divided into six major sections where we cover six major doctrines:

  1. The Doctrine of the Word of God
  2. The Doctrine of God
  3. The Doctrine of Man
  4. The Doctrine of Christ
  5. The Doctrine of Salvation
  6. The Doctrine of the Church

I recommend the memorization of these question and answers as part of your family devotions. These doctrines will be taught week by week to your children, but you are the primary spiritual leaders in your children's lives. Take advantage of this resource by helping your children memorize some of the most crucial doctrines to the Christian faith.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me, or your church's children's ministry leaders.


-Mathew Gilbert

Q 1. What is the chief end of man?

A. The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. 

[Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 16:11; 37:4; 73:25-26; Isaiah 43:7]

  • Part 1 | word of god


  • Part 2 | god


  • part 3 | man


  • part 4 | christ


  • part 5 | salvation


  • part 6 | church