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I teach Sunday School at an evangelical congregation that is essentially nondenominational, but has various, historical ties to the Church of the Brethren and or one of the smaller Baptist denominations. The pastor has generally given me free reign to come up with my own material: I send him my slides after the fact as a courtesy and to allow him to offer any correction or guidance.

I have learned in this forum that not all Christian groups have a catechism in the same way that Lutherans do. My question is, do the Southern Baptists, American Baptist Association, or any other Baptist association have a common book that is relied on for instruction of youth in a similar way that Lutherans would have Luther's Small Catechism? If no, is there any standard of doctrine-- even a book of systematic theology, or works of a theological hero like Charles Spurgeon-- that is trusted for doctrinal clarification beyond the bible? If such a thing exists for "nondenominational evangelicals" and not Baptists, that's even better.

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In fact, Baptists do have a catchecism. As John Piper writes here:

Written in 1677, "The Baptist Catechism" was patterned after the Heidelberg and Westminster catechisms to teach Reformed doctrine from a Baptist perspective.

The problem isn't the existence, but rather how many Baptists are willing to "cede my author-ITAY" (imagine your best Cartman voice) and use it...

That said, if a Baptist is going to trust anybody, John Piper is a pretty good modern bet, and the 1677 Heidleberg & Westminster Confessions, from which Piper draws all his source material, is about as good as one can get. As far as being "trusted" then, it definitely suits the bill. Again, your primary problem in declaring "a" Baptist anything, however, is that there is a native distrust of anything that exists outside of the local congregation, hence the waffling.

Finally, John Piper has very solid evangelical credentials, so its applicability to "nondenominational" churches should be a good bet. As just two data points (and with evangelicals that's about as good as your going to get), I was turned on to Piper by Mike Minter, the pastor of Reston Bible Church (approximately 4000 in regular attendance) and have heard similar endorsements from Lon Solomon, pastor of McLean Bible Church, the 17th largest church in the United States. Both of these should qualify.

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Oh, wow, your answer triggered this: reformedreader.org/ccc/hbd.htm –  pterandon Aug 6 '13 at 16:58
    
I nose my history :) –  Affable Geek Aug 6 '13 at 17:02
    
Of that big list, do you nose which could be said to be least controversial-- widely held? Or is the Piper-endorsed one pretty much the standard? –  pterandon Aug 6 '13 at 21:20
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Again, of them the Westminster would be the "most" standard, but that isn't saying a lot. Baptists don't tend to use Cathechism that much. And, if they did, they'd be most likely to write their own. If you want best and most historic, piper. But don't imagine a lot of Bsptusts will have heard of any. –  Affable Geek Aug 6 '13 at 22:57
    
There's also the Shorter Catechism, Baptist Edition –  warren Aug 7 '13 at 4:23

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