LEARN THE CREEDS BY HEART
2023 Credo Magazine Book of the Year
For centuries, the Nicene Creed has been central to the church’s confession. The Nicene Creed: An Introduction by Phillip Cary explores the Creed’s riches with simplicity and clarity. Cary explains the history of the Creed and walks through its meaning line by line. Far from being abstract or irrelevant, the words of the Creed carefully express what God has done in Christ and through the Spirit. The Nicene Creed gives us the gospel. It gives biblical Christians the words for what we already believe. And when we profess the Creed, we join the global church throughout history in declaring the name and work of the one God—Father, Son, and Spirit. Gain a fresh appreciation for the ancient confession with Phillip Cary’s help.
“Lively prose, engaging style, and endearing wit. … Highly recommended.” —Kathryn Greene-McCreight, affiliate priest, Christ Church, New Haven; spiritual director, Annand Program, Yale Divinity School
“Here is a truly inviting introduction to the faith once delivered to the saints in baptism and continuously declared throughout the world in the church’s confession.” —Scott R. Swain, president and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
The Collected Christian Essentials: Catechism: A Guide to the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer
Let the catechism of the Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer guide your devotional life. Understand the riches of the catechism with Peter J. Leithart, Ben Myers, and Wesley Hill. The catechism— the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer—has sustained and nurtured every generation of believers, directing their faith, hope, and love. It helps Christians read, pray, and live God’s word. By giving Christians God’s word to give back to him, it plants seeds of his word and cultivates them to full growth. The Collected Christian Essentials: Catechism brings the church’s ancient catechism to a new generation.
“This is a brilliant and inspiring collection of studies by three of the leading theologians of our day. It should be on the bookshelf of all Christians.”—Matthew Levering, James N. Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
“These basic texts have been the essentials of theological education for centuries and every Christian should know them by heart. This volume makes it possible to carry them around in a user-friendly format that will be of immense help to busy people who need to be inspired again by the basic teachings of our faith.”—Gerald Bray, research professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School
The Christian Essentials series passes down tradition that matters. The ancient church was founded on basic biblical teachings and practices like the Ten Commandments, baptism, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord’s Prayer, and corporate worship. These basics of the Christian life have sustained and nurtured every generation of the faithful—from the apostles to today. The books in the Christian Essentials series open up the meaning of the foundations of our faith.
GUIDE YOUR CHILDREN WITH THE ANCIENT CREEDS
How can anyone, no matter how young or old, grasp the message of the Bible? The church’s answer has always been the catechism.
FatCat is our way of making the catechism approachable. And so this book has an actual fat cat hidden throughout. Search for him with your child as you enjoy this book together, and hide the words of the catechism in your heart.
Join FatCat as he learns the Ten Commandments—how God’s children love. Each commandment has a reflection on its meaning and illustrations from Jesus’ life. As you read each commandment, see how Jesus fulfilled God’s will for us and showed us how to love God and others. With a list of Scripture references and a guided family prayer, this FatCat book helps all God’s children memorize, understand, and love the Ten Commandments.
“For parents trying to teach the truth of God’s word and lead with grace, the Ten Commandments can be daunting. I am thankful for the grace-first, gospel-rich resource of the FatCat Ten Commandments volume. It is a good, true, and beautiful book to train children in knowing and loving God.” —Jeremy Writebol, lead campus pastor of Woodside Bible Church in Plymouth, Michigan; executive director of Gospel-Centered Discipleship; author of Pastor, Jesus Is Enough