The Primitive Christian Catechism (Graphic)


This chart is from Philip Carrington’s “The Primitive Christian Catechism”* Many will be able to secure a copy for review through interlibrary loan.

Carrington demonstrates that the Apostles shared a similar outline when “catechizing” new converts into the Christian life. This chart shows the major categories: New Birth/Creation,Putting off/Putting on,Submission,Spiritual Watchfulness, and Spiritual Resistance.

In the modern adaptation in Thom Wolf’s “Universal Disciple Pattern” that author posits that this common pattern  – which subsequent disciples were told to pass on and protect – (e.g. “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim 1:13 NIV) allowed the rapid multiplication of the church while the message remained constant.

If so, to what degree should this pattern inform modern disciples making movements?

For those committed to the “Discovery Bible Study” format of the book “Miraculous Movements“, how can the material be conveyed in a “discovery” format after a sequence of “Creation to Christ” studies?


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