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When I was discussing who God is with my Muslim barber, I was helped by my 4-year-old piping up from the waiting area: “God is a loving union of three: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

“All right,” the barber said with a shrug, “I’ll go with that then.”

Ruby, the evangelist.

It’s from my shorter Shorter Catechism, also known as “The Question-and-Answer Game.” She holds each of my fingers as I ask:

  1. Who is God? A loving union of three.
  2. Who are the three? The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  3. Who is Jesus? The Son of God.
  4. Why was he born? To become our brother.
  5. What did he teach us? To love God and love others.
  6. Why did he go to the cross? To die our death.
  7. Why did he rise? To give us new life.
  8. Why did he go to heaven? To pray for us.
  9. Who did he give us? The Holy Spirit.
  10. What are we waiting for? Jesus to come back and make everything new.

Then you hold onto her fingers and switch roles. It’s a game, see? The Question-and-Answer Game.

Editors’ note: 

For more great catechism resources, check out The Gospel Coalition’s The New City Catechism and The New City Catechism for Kids.