The beauty of the Christian faith is unparalleled. Yet in many ways we have rejected our faith tradition in favor of individualism and the ironic “No creed but Christ.” The creeds, confessions, and catechisms fight against this tendency. They connect us to the “great cloud of witness” who went before us. They give us confidence and boldness as we worship within our churches and homes alongside the saints redeemed by the killed, risen, and reigning King Jesus.
In We Believe: Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms for Worship, Mathew has collected the essential church documents for Protestants: The Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed; the Dutch Reformed Three Forms of Unity; the Westminster Confession and Shorter Catechism; the London Baptist Confession and Spurgeon's A Puritan Catechism; the Augsburg Confession and Luther's Small Catechism; and the Anglican's Thirty-Nine Articles and an Outline of the Faith.
In Scripture, parents are instructed to teach their kids how to love God and saturate their home with the gospel (Deut 4:9, 6:1-7; Eph 6:104). Husbands and wives are commanded to mirror Jesus in their marriages (Eph 5:22-33). We understand these commands in light of the gospel—in light of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 4:6). Jesus is the hero of our families.
That’s what A Household Gospel is about. It’s ordinary means rooted in an extraordinary gospel. It’s about starting the great commission in our homes. It’s about rehearsing the gospel story when we sit to eat, lay down to sleep, rise up in the morning, and everywhere in between.