Heidelberg Catechism: The Lord’s Prayer

Lord’s Day 45 Q&A 116 Q. Why do Christians need to pray?  A. Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us.1 And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking God for them.2 […]

Heidelberg Catechism: The Ten Commandments

Lord’s Day 34 Q&A 92 Q. What is God’s law?  A. God spoke all these words: THE FIRST COMMANDMENT “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.” THE SECOND COMMANDMENT “You shall not make […]

Heidelberg Catechism: Gratitude

Lord’s Day 32 Q&A 86 Q. Since we have been delivered from our misery by grace through Christ without any merit of our own, why then should we do good works?  A. Because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, is also restoring us by his Spirit into his image, so that with our whole […]

Heidelberg Catechism: The Holy Supper of Jesus Christ

Lord’s Day 28 Q&A 75 Q. How does the holy supper remind and assure you that you share in Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross and in all his benefits?  A. In this way: Christ has commanded me and all believers to eat this broken bread and to drink this cup in remembrance of him. […]

Heidelberg Catechism: Holy Baptism

Lord’s Day 26 Q&A 69 Q. How does holy baptism remind and assure you that Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross benefits you personally?  A. In this way: Christ instituted this outward washing1 and with it promised that, as surely as water washes away the dirt from the body, so certainly his blood and his Spirit […]

Heidelberg Catechism: The Holy Sacraments

Lord’s Day 25 Q&A 65 Q. It is through faith alone that we share in Christ and all his benefits: where then does that faith come from?  A. The Holy Spirit produces it in our hearts1 by the preaching of the holy gospel,2and confirms it by the use of the holy sacraments.3 1 John 3:5; 1 Cor. […]

Heidelberg Catechism: God the Holy Spirit

Lord’s Day 20 Q&A 53 Q. What do you believe concerning “the Holy Spirit”?  A. First, that the Spirit, with the Father and the Son, is eternal God.1 Second, that the Spirit is given also to me,2 so that, through true faith, he makes me share in Christ and all his benefits3 through true faith, comforts me,4 and […]

Heidelberg Catechism: God the Son

Lord’s Day 11 Q&A 29 Q. Why is the Son of God called “Jesus,” meaning “savior”? A. Because he saves us from our sins,1 and because salvation should not be sought and cannot be found in anyone else.2 1 Matt. 1:21; Heb. 7:25 2 Isa. 43:11; John 15:5; Acts 4:11-12; 1 Tim. 2:5 Q&A 30 Q. Do those […]

Heidelberg Catechism: God the Father

Lord’s Day 9 Q&A 26 Q. What do you believe when you say, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth”? A. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who out of nothing created heaven and earth and everything in them,1 who still upholds and rules them by his eternal […]

Heidelberg Catechism: Deliverance

Lord’s Day 5 Q&A 12 Q. According to God’s righteous judgment we deserve punishment both now and in eternity: how then can we escape this punishment and return to God’s favor? A. God requires that his justice be satisfied.1 Therefore the claims of this justice must be paid in full, either by ourselves or by another.2 […]

Heidelberg Catechism: Misery

Lord’s Day 2 Q&A 3 Q. How do you come to know your misery? A. The law of God tells me.1 1 Rom. 3:20; 7:7-25 Q&A 4 Q. What does God’s law require of us? A. Christ teaches us this in summary in Matthew 22:37-40: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, […]

Heidelberg Catechism: Introduction

Lord’s Day 1 Q&A 1 Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death? A. That I am not my own,1 but belong—body and soul, in life and in death2—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.3 He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,4 and has set me free from the tyranny […]

No One Does Good, No Not Even One

If there is a saying that offends and stirs the human heart more than anything else, it is to tell him or her “You are not good.” Whether it is towards someone’s ability, profession, expertise, or morality, the way in which one takes such a comment varies. The power of this saying often depends on […]

Does Sin Offend God?

Before reading the article, please listen to this short audio clip of Matt Stinton’s view of sin that he posted on Instagram: Although I am aware you can be theologically correct without quoting Scripture, as Christians, when we decide to “preach”, especially to the masses as evangelism, we should always point back to the Word […]