Did you ever look at a construction site? I mean really look? It’s a mess! There are holes here and there, piles of things you don’t quite know what they are, machines, some of which seem to serve no purpose whatsoever, some people who seem to be busy and some who don’t.
I have a catechism class that is under construction. It’s a work zone. There are a lot of ideas that don’t seem to be fastened to others. We have students hunting for this, that, and the other part, not knowing for certain where it will fit. We have a lot of empty spaces, especially at the beginning of the class. And our building, the mature young Christians, well, let’s confess the finished product isn’t in sight and what we can see doesn’t look much like what we hope to see in the future.
Week 1 – (me) “We’re going to sing this song now.” sings song with students alternatively rolling eyes or mumbling along
Week 6 – (me) “We’re going to sing this song now.” sings song with students singing along
Week 8 – “What song do you want to sing?” (students pick three more songs than we have time to sing
Projections for week 12 – me “Why did you want to sing that song?” (students give a good reason)
The same is true for reading the Bible, trying to memorize and discuss catechism questions, looking for answers to problems in Bible passages. We start out and it looks pretty rough. Before long, students are on board. They can then build something that looks like the blueprint I had in mind. We didn’t boggle their minds by showing them the whole map at once and saying where they were going. We let them figure it out as we put the pieces together a bit at a time.
When are you done with the construction project known as catechesis? 1 Corinthians 13;12 (ESV) says “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” Then our part of the building is done.