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Urban Catechism

The Urban Catechism is a discipleship tool that most people will benefit from, but is specifically written with council estates and deprived areas in mind.

It was during my doctoral studies at Westminster Theological Seminary, that I realised that catechisms were a great way of doing discipleship. However, there needed to be catechisms specifically designed for the urban context.

We have a range of discipleship materials that start with the Urban Catechism part 1, and progress to parts 2 & 3, and finally ‘Image Bearers’.

Urban Catechism part 1 ‘Worldview’ Urban Catechism part 2 ‘Saviour’ Urban Catechism part 3 ‘Lord’ Image Bearers

Urban Catechism part 1 ‘Worldview’

To take someone through part 1 of the catechism, you need 2 copies of the catechism (which are A5 sized booklets), and a teacher’s guide (an A4 sized booklet). These can be ordered online via our Order page.

We have provided a preview of the materials for the first 6 questions of the catechism online, so that you can see if this is a resource you’d like to use.

Urban Catechism part 1 Preview

1. Teacher’s guide preview

(Click on the image to download the pdf file, and print it out on A4 paper.)

2. Catechism preview

(Click on the image to download the pdf file and print it out on A4 paper, then fold the stack of papers together making an A5 booklet.)

Training videos to prepare you to take someone through the first 6 questions:

(Click on the image to open the playlist.)

Urban Catechism part 1 Shorter Version

We’ve recently been experimenting with taking people through a select number of questions first (the shorter version), and then later going over the questions missed out (the longer version).

To take someone through part 1 of the catechism, you need 2 copies of the catechism (which are A5 sized booklets), and a teacher’s guide (an A4 sized booklet). These can be ordered online via our Order page.

Use the following chart to see which questions to do, as well as finding:

  • Video links to explain the Teacher’s Guide to you and prepare you to take someone through the relevant question.
  • There are sometimes worship videos that you can sing during the catechism session.
  • Sermons and short videos are sometimes provided in case the person you’re taking through the catechism wants to watch them later to gain more understanding of a particular catechism question and answer.
Table for Catechism part 1 Shorter Version:
Question Optional training video to take the teacher through the Teacher’s Guide beforehand Optional worship song Optional video to watch later
1 Teacher's Guide Intro
Teacher’s Guide Q01
God Loves You  
3 TG Q03 Trinity
Give Praise to the Father
Father Me
Essentials ‘Trinity’
Essentials ‘Did Jesus Claim to be God?’
9 TG Q09 Glorify Him Essentials ‘Purpose of Life’
10 TG Q10    
11 TG Q11    
12 TG Q12    
17 TG Q17 Lord you’re so good to me  
18 TG Q18   Blame
Victim Mentality pt.1
Victim Mentality pt.2
Victim Mentality pt.4
19 TG Q19 You have Washed Me Clean 'Christ's ID' Redux
'Are You Good Enough' Matt 22:1-14 Redux
Essentials: 'Justification'
20 TG Q20 Before Your Throne 'Frustration' Genesis 11
21 TG Q21 At The Cross 'Is God Angry?'
Victim Mentality pt.7
29 TG Q29   ‘Repent and Believe’ Mark 1:15
Essentials: 'Conversion'
Repentance pt.1 'Changing your Mind'
Repentance pt.2 'Remorse'
Repentance pt.3 'Bearing Fruit'
30 TG Q30   'Lord and Saviour' John 1:12
31 TG Q31   'Stop Sinning' John 5:1-15
32 TG Q32 In the Morning 'Getting the Relationship Wrong' Exodus 20
45 TG Q45   'Baptism'
46 TG Q46 Brand new Life  
47 TG Q47   Essentials: 'Communion'
51 TG Q51   ‘Beam Research’ Luke 6:41-42
'Conflict Resolution pt.1' Matt 18:15-20
'Conflict Resolution pt.2' Matt 18:21-25
Victim Mentality pt.6
52 TG Q52 Abba Father ‘If someone's caught in a sin’ Gal 6:1
Essentials: 'Church Membership'
Essentials 'Sharpening One Another'
53 TG Q53    
54 TG Q54    

Urban Catechism part 1 Longer Version

Once you have taken someone through the shorter version, we suggest going over the questions that were missed out.

Use the following chart to see which questions to do, as well as finding:

  • Video links to explain the Teacher’s Guide to you, and prepare you to take someone through the relevant question.
  • There are sometimes worship videos that you can sing during the catechism session.
  • Sermons and short videos are sometimes provided, in case the person you’re taking through the catechism wants to watch them later, to gain more understanding of a particular catechism question and answer.
Table for Catechism part 1 Longer Version (once you’ve already been through the shorter version):
Question Optional training video to take the teacher through the Teacher’s Guide beforehand Optional worship song Optional video to watch later
2 TG Q02   Unbelief
4 TG Q04 Holy Are You
You Are Glorious
‘Dad’ Street Essentials
'Dad Issues' John 14:4-11
Father heart of God pt.1
Father heart of God pt.2
Father heart of God pt.3
Father heart of God pt.4
5 TG Q05
TG Q05 follow up discussion
Jesus is on the Throne Joseph’s Suffering
No More Drama
This is Where I Live
6 TG Q06 I Cry Out To You
You’re Always Here
Put Your Hope In
Come Help Me Now
Street Essentials: 'Alone'
'Cry Out' Ex 1-3
7 TG Q07    
8 TG Q08   God's Governors - Genesis 1:26
13 TG Q13    
14 TG Q14    
15 TG Q15    
16 TG Q16 Holy Are You  
22 TG Q22   The Struggle (Street Essentials)
Trapped (Street Essentials)
23 TG Q23    
24 TG Q24 More Like You Essentials: 'Sanctification'
25 TG Q25 Before Your Throne ‘Heart Condition’ Luke 6:43-45
'Something’s crouching at your door’ Gen 4
'Noah and the Sinful Hearts' Genesis 6
26 TG Q26 Answer Me Quickly  
27 TG Q27 When This Passing World Is Done
Beauty For Ashes
Hope (Street Essentials)
28 TG Q28 I Need You Jesus
Put Your Hope In
Come Help Me Now
'Jesus Wept: Grieving Loss’ John 11:32-35
33 TG Q33    
34 TG Q34   'Loving Jesus' John 14:15
35 TG Q35 Help Me Love You 'Saul Syndrome'
36 TG Q36   How we got the OTpt.1
How we got the OTpt.2
How we got the NTpt.1
How we got the NTpt.2
37 TG Q37    
38 TG Q38   Providential Preparation
39 TG Q39 Psalm 1 ‘Getting Good Advice’ 1 Kings 1
40 TG Q40    
41 TG Q41    
42 TG Q42   Seed Theology pt.1: 'Two Communities'
Seed Theology pt.2: 'The Rescue'
Seed Theology pt.3: 'The Devil Destroyer'
43 TG Q43    
44 TG Q44    
48 TG Q48   Seed Theology pt.4: 'Why the Hostility?'
49 TG Q49 Psalm 1 Seed Theology pt.5: 'Mission of the Seed'
Seed Theology pt.6: 'How?'
50 TG Q50   Seed Theology pt.7: 'Mercy'
Victim Mentality pt.3
Victim Mentality pt.5
55 TG Q55    

Urban Catechism part 2 ‘Saviour’

Once you have completed part 1, we recommend part two, which gives an in-depth look at salvation, through what’s called ‘the order of salvation’. This helps us to be gospel-centred, and learn to apply biblical truths to our lives.

To take someone through part 2 of the catechism, you just need 2 copies of the catechism (which are A5 sized booklets). There is no teacher’s guide for part 2. These can be ordered online via our Order page.

Use the chart below to find:

  • Worship song videos to use in the catechism session.
  • Teaching videos to watch later in the week, if the person wants more information.
Table for Catechism Part 2 ‘Saviour’ (The Order of Salvation)
Question Optional worship song Optional video to watch later
1    
2 Chosen Essentials 8: 'Unable'
Essentials 9: 'Drawn'
Essentials 10: 'Chosen'
3    
4 Brand New Life Essentials 11: 'New Life'
5   Essentials 7: 'Conversion'
Repent and Believe: Mark 1:15
6 You Have Washed Me Clean Essentials 5: 'Justified'
‘Bullet Proof’ Matt 3:13-17
‘Self Righteousness’ Luke 18:9-14
7 I Cry Abba Father
Father Me
Essentials 6: 'Adopted'
8 More Like You Essentials 13: 'Sanctification'
‘Transformed into His Image’ 2 Cor 3:18
9   ‘Jesus Wept: Grieving Loss’ John 11:32-35
10 Beauty For Ashes  
11 You Pick Me Up  
12 I Need You Jesus  
13   The Lord’s Prayer Luke 11:1-4

Urban Catechism part 3 ‘Lord’

After going through part 2, we recommend this catechism that takes us through the Ten Commandments. For each commandment, we look at the wrong we are to avoid, and the good to do, and finally how that commandment points to Christ. It’s a great way of teaching Christian ethics, in a gospel centred way.

To take someone through part 3 of the catechism, you just need 2 copies of the catechism (which are A5 sized booklets). There is no teacher’s guide for part 2. These can be ordered online via our Order page.

Use the chart below to find:

  • Worship song videos to use in the catechism session.
  • Teaching videos to watch later in the week, if the person wants more information.
Table for Catechism Part 3 ‘Lord’ (The Ten Commandments)
Question Optional worship song Optional video to watch later
1 Holy Are You  
2   Holiness pt.1
3 I Need You Jesus
More Like You
Holiness pt. 2
Holiness pt. 3
‘If Someone’s Caught in a Sin’ Gal 6:1
4 You Have Washed Me Clean  
5    
6    
7 Psalm 1  
8 Before Your Throne  
9    
10    
11    
12    
13    
14    
15 Trinity Jonah 2 'Blessing Blockers'
16    
17    
18 Father In Heaven (not yet available)  
19    
20    
21    
22    
23    
24   Shepherding Part 1
Shepherding Part 2
Shepherding Part 3
Parenting
25    
26    
27 Help Me Love You Forgiveness
Corrie Ten Boom testimony
28    
29    
30    
31    
32    
33   Money 1: The Poor Excuse
Money 2: Money Love
Money 3: Stewardship
34    
35    
36    
37    
38    
39    

The Image Bearers Course

This course could be done at any stage in a believer’s life, but for new believers we would recommend doing it after catechisms parts 1-3. Image Bearers examines what it means to made in God’s Image. The 11 videos each introduce a topic, that corresponds to a section in the workbook. You can use the workbook either individually or as a group, to diagnose how you are reflecting God’s image, and find gospel truths to meditate on that will bring change on the inside, helping us better reflect God on the outside.

You can order Image Bearers workbooks via our Order page.

Image Bearers Video Playlist:

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Please note you only need to watch the first 11 videos of the Image Bearers Playlist.