Adult Formation

At Resurrection South Austin

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...
— 1 Peter 1:3

Fall Term

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Membership

  • Life Together in the Goodness of God
  • Practicing our Faith

The Gospel

  • Jesus Christ
  • Salvation
  • The Anglican Tradition

Winter Term

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We Believe

  • The Apostles Creed 
  • Reading the Bible
  • The Church
  • The Sacraments

Spring Term

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Belonging to Christ

  • The Lord's Prayer
  • The Kingdom of God
  • The Christian Liturgy
  • The Ten Commandments

Practicing our faith in a way that changes us and benefits others.

an approach to spiritual formation at Resurrection

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Hospitality

  • Presence in the Neighborhood
  • Culture of invitation
  • Open Table Groups
  • Hearing the scriptures taught
  • Invitation to Worship

Celebration

  • Receiving the Sacraments
  • Studying the Scriptures
  • Learning the Creeds
  • Hearing Sermons
  • Learning to Pray
  • Feast Days & Parties
  • Deepening Participation in Worship
  • Practicing Reconciliation

Maturation

  • Ongoing Catechesis
  • Mission & Evangelism
  • Deepened Study of Scripture
  • Disciple Making
  • Cultivating Vocation

What is Catechism?

Two thousand years ago in Israel, the man who is God incarnate, Jesus of Nazareth, led his followers into a life-giving relationship with himself and his divine Father, and was executed for being a revolutionary. Risen from the dead, he charged his followers to make disciples throughout the whole world, promising that he would be with them and equipping them for their mission with his Holy Spirit. The New Testament presents the essential witness and teaching of Jesus’ first emissaries, the Apostles, who proclaimed his truth with his authority. The faith of Christians today, as in every age, is shaped and defined by this apostolic account of Jesus Christ.

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Within a century of Jesus’ earthly ministry, Christian congregations could be found from Spain to Persia, and from North Africa to Britain. By this time, the catechumenate for would-be Christians (from the Greek katecheo: “to instruct” – a period of 1-3 years’ instruction leading to baptism at Easter) had become established Christian practice. This pattern of Christian disciple-making continued for some centuries before falling into disuse, as nominal Christianity increasingly became a universal aspect of Western culture.

The Reformation era saw a vigorous renewal of catechesis (instruction within the catechumenate) for both adults and children among both Protestants and Catholics. But catechesis has been in serious decline since the eighteenth century, and much of the discipline of discipling has been abandoned altogether in today’s churches. As such, this catechism attempts to be a missional means by which God may bring about both conversion to Christ and formation in Christ.

(Adapted from the introduction by J.I. Packer to To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism)