So this may not be quite the vehicle you were expecting to have the word “catechism” attached to but it fits the definition. For those of you unfamiliar with the term catechism itself, it’s basically a form of instruction in question and answer format that has been used in the church to teach truth about God.
Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Apparently the broad definition is simply instruction with the voice, but in English the word has come to mean instruction via question and answer.
It has perhaps fallen out of favour but many would encourage its use in the instruction of children from young age. If you’re interested in taking a closer look you can read the larger Westminster Catechism here and the shorter version designed for children here. I’m sure there are other versions out there as well for very young children.
Anyways, here is a sample of what may be considered 21st century catechism using the medium of rap or hip-hop. It may not be to everyone’s taste but you’ll be hard pressed to find this much theology packed into a four and a half minute song. The artist is Shai Linne and served as a pastoral intern at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington where Mark Dever pastors. Give it a listen, bear with it if you need to, and read along with the lyrics. If we could memorize even this 4 minute song we’d make significant gains in our understanding of certain theological terms!
If you like this, there’s more, and if you don’t, maybe you know someone who enjoys this style of music and would benefit from it’s content. His most recent album is called The Attributes of God and he wrote and produced it because he found a lot of music written and produced by Christians was more about us than it is about God.