Thoughts from the Editor
Friends, it is vital that we as the Reformed Baptists of our own day possess a clear vision of our duties as Christian parents, and as Christian assemblies concerning the training and education of the children in our churches and homes.
The 1689 Baptist Confession was written by wise and upright men who understood well the great need for standards of biblical truth and Christian doctrine. This confession by no means is to ever be elevated above the Scriptures themselves, however they are a presentment of the essential teachings of Scripture in a concise and systematic manner.
C. H. Spurgeon said of this great Confession "here the youngest members of our church will have a body of Truth in small compass, and by means of the scriptural proofs, will be able to give a reason of the hope that is in them."
During the time when our confession was drafted, Puritan thought and teaching in regard to holy living in all spheres of life, was pervasive among all sincere believers, the Baptists were no exception. It was common in those days for parents to regard their duty in "bringing up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" as one of the most solemn and sobering purposes given to their lives by the providential hand of God.
One such way that the Baptist churches would come alongside a family to help compliment this work of the parents and to ensure its Christian orthodoxy was in the form of catechisms (a simple handbook of questions and answers designed to teach the principal doctrines of the faith).
In fact, Benjamin Keach (a signer of the 1689 Baptist Confession) is credited with writing such a handbook titled "Keach's Catechism" otherwise known as the Baptist Catechism.
It is unfortunate that the once common practice of these Baptist puritans (who carved out our doctrinal identity) in catechizing their children, has indeed fallen out of favor amongst modern evangelical families and Baptist churches at large.
Our sincere prayer however, is that our publications will bring encouragement and practical aid to all Confessional Reformed Baptists in training the hearts and minds of the next generation “to what man ought to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.”
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou liest down, and when thou riset up. V20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: V21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
Your affectionate servant in the Lord Jesus,