Catechism

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 doctrine, 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)

For the week beginning Sunday, May 24th:

LORD’S DAY 21

Q54. What do you believe concerning “Christ’s holy universal Church”?
A54. I believe that the Son of God,*1 out of the whole human race,*2 from the beginning of the world to its end,*3 gathers, defends, and preserves for Himself,*4 by His Spirit and Word,*5 in the unity of the true faith,*6 a Church chosen to everlasting life.*7 And I believe that I am*8 and forever shall remain a living member of it.*9

1. Jn 10:11; Acts 20:28; Eph 4:11-13; Col 1:18. 2. Gen 26:4; Rev 5:9. 3. Isa 59:21; 1 Cor 11:26. 4. Ps 129:1-5; Mt 16:18; Jn 10:28-30. 5. Rom 1:16; 10:14-17; Eph 5:26. 6. Acts 2:42-47; Eph 4:1-6. 7. Rom 8:29; Eph 1:3-14. 8. 1 Jn 3:14, 19-21. 9. Ps 23:6; Jn 10:27, 28; 1 Cor 1:4-9; 1 Pet 1:3-5.

Q55. What do you understand by “the fellowship of believers in Christ”?
A55. First, that believers, all and everyone, as members of Christ have fellowship with Him and share in all His treasures and gifts.*1 Second, that everyone is duty-bound to use his gifts readily and cheerfully for the benefit of the other members.*2

1. Rom 8:32; 1 Cor 6:17; 12:4-7, 12, 13; 1 Jn 1:3. 2. Rom 12:4-8; 1 Cor 12:20-27; 13:1-7; Php 2:4-8.

Q56. What do you believe concerning “the forgiveness of sins”?
A56. I believe that God, because of Christ’s satisfaction will no more remember my sins,*1 nor my sinful nature, against which I have to struggle all my life,*2 but will graciously grant me the righteousness of Christ, that I may never come into condemnation.*3

1. Ps 103:3, 4, 10, 12. Mic 7:18, 19; 2 Cor 5:18-21; 1 Jn 1:7; 2:2. 2. Rom 7:21-25. 3. Jn 3:17, 18; 5:24; Rom 8:1, 2.

Handout A for Lord’s Day 21


A Catechism For Boys and Girls
Parents help children find references in Bible and read to (or with) them.

 

Q49. Who will be saved?
A49. Only those who repent of sin and believe in Christ Jesus.
**Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 2:37-41; 16:30, 31; 20:21; 26:20.

Q50. What is it to repent?
A50. To be sorry for sin, and to hate and forsake it because it is displeasing to God.
**Luke 19:8-10; Romans 6:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:9. 10.

Q51. What is it to believe in Christ Jesus?
A51. To trust in Christ Jesus alone for salvation.
**John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 5:11, 12.

Q52. Can you repent and believe in Christ Jesus by your own power?
A52. No. I can do nothing spiritually good without God’s Holy Spirit.
**John 3:5, 6; 6:44; Romans 8:2, 5, 8-11; 1 Corinthians 2:9-14; Galatians 5:17, 18; Ephesians 2:4-6.

 

MEMORY VERSE

(Learn each verse completely before moving on to memorize the next verse.)

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent,
and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins;
and you shall receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
(Acts 2:38)

Verse of the Week

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

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