Last year, we finished with our review of Spurgeon’s Catechism as published each Sunday on the back of our bulletin.
Beginning this year, 2020, we will be taking a look at one or more questions in the Heidelberg Catechism in the same fashion. It is our firm belief that consistent review of orthodox Christian beliefs, by way of a “question-and-answer” format, will help us gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Bible truths.
“till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13-15)
From the back of our March 29th Sunday bulletin:
LORD’S DAY 13
Q33. Why is Christ called God’s only-begotten Son, since we also are children of God?
A33. Because He alone is the eternal, natural Son of God.*1 We, however, are children of God by adoption, through grace, for Christ’s sake.*2
1. Jn 1:1-3, 14, 18; 3:16; Rom 8:32; Heb 1; 1 Jn 4:9.
2. Jn 1:12; Rom 8:14-17; Gal 4:6; Eph 1:5, 6.
Q34. Why do you call Him “our Lord”?
A34. Because He has ransomed us, body and soul,*1 from all our sins, not with silver or gold but with His precious blood,*2 and has freed us from all the power of the devil to make us His own possession.*3
1. 1 Cor 6:20; 1 Tim 2:5, 6.
2. 1 Pet 1:18, 19.
3. Col 1:13, 14; Heb 2:14, 15.
A Catechism For Boys and Girls
Parents help children find references in Bible and read to (or with) them.
Q43. What did God the Father undertake in the New Covenant?
A43. To justify, adopt, and sanctify those for whom Christ should die.
(Romans 8:29-33; Hebrews 10:9. 10; 1 Corinthians 1:8, 9; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7.)
Q44. What is justification?
A44. It is God regarding sinners as if they had never sinned and granting them righteousness.
(Zechariah 3:1-5; Romans 3:24-26; 4:5; 8:33; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 8:12.)
Q45. What is sanctification?
A45. It is God making sinners holy in heart and conduct.
(John 17:17; Ephesians 2:10; 4:22-24; Philippians 2:12, 13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23.)
(Learn each verse completely before moving on to memorize the next verse.)
7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
8 But now you must put them all away:
anger, wrath, malice,
slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another,
since you have put off
the old man with his deeds,
10 and have put on the new man
who is renewed in knowledge
according to the image of Him
who created him.