30 Core Questions for Christian Catechesis

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Ever feel like you don’t know the basics of the Christian faith? Have you struggled to identify some the foundational doctrines that make Christianity unique?

You may have seen weekly articles we posted as part of our Thirty Questions catechism series. Well, we’ve compiled them into a list and linked them here for you. We hope the following commentary by Dr. Timothy Tennent along with Scripture references will prove to be a fruitful starting point for launching you into a deeper exploration of the treasure that is Christian orthodoxy.

You can also order a hard copy version Thirty Questions: A Short Catechism on the Christian Faith from our store. This resource makes for a great teaching tool in small groups and Sunday School classes.


1. Who is God?

2. How do we know what God is like?

3. What is the Trinity?

4. Did God create the world and the human race?

5. What does it mean that we are created “in the image of God”?

6. What is the purpose and meaning of life?

7. What is sin and how did it enter into the human race?

8. Why did God call Abraham and enter into a covenant with Israel?

9. What was the purpose of the Law?

10. What was the purpose of the priesthood and the sacrificial system?

11. What was the purpose of the temple?

12. Why did God become a man in Jesus Christ?

13. What was the purpose of Jesus’ life and ministry?

14. Why did Jesus Christ suffer and die upon the cross?

15. Why did Jesus Christ rise from the dead and ascend into heaven?

16. Who is the Holy Spirit and why was he sent?

17. What is prevenient (preceding) grace?

18. What is justification?

19. What is sanctification?

20. What is glorification?

21. What is the church?

22. What is the Bible and why was it given to the church?

23. What is a sacrament and how many are there?

24. What are the “means of grace”?

25. What is the role of prayer in the life of the Christian?

26. What is the gospel?

27. Why are we commanded to make disciples of all nations?

28. What is the bodily resurrection of the dead?

29. Why is Jesus returning to judge the world?

30. What is the ultimate goal and purpose of the people of God?

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