LORD’S DAY 15, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 15 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next several weeks concerns the subject of God the Son.

Q. What do you understand by the word “suffered”?

A. That during his whole life on earth, but especially at the end, Christ sustained in body and soul the wrath of God against the sin of the whole human race.1 This he did in order that, by his suffering as the only atoning sacrifice,2 he might deliver us, body and soul, from eternal condemnation,3 and gain for us God’s grace, righteousness, and eternal life.4

1 Isa. 531 Pet. 2:243:18.
2 Rom. 3:25Heb. 10:141 John 2:24:10.
3 Rom. 8:1-4Gal. 3:13.
4 John 3:16Rom. 3:24-26.

Q. Why did he suffer “under Pontius Pilate” as judge?

A. So that he, though innocent, might be condemned by an earthly judge,1 and so free us from the severe judgment of God that was to fall on us.2

1 Luke 23:13-24John 19:4, 12-16.
2
 Isa. 53:4-52 Cor. 5:21Gal. 3:13.

Q. Is it significant that he was “crucified” instead of dying some other way?

A. Yes. By this I am convinced that he shouldered the curse which lay on me,
since death by crucifixion was cursed by God.1

1 Gal. 3:10-13 (Deut. 21:23).

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

LORD’S DAY 14, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 14 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next several weeks concerns the subject of God the Son.

Q. What does it mean that he “was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary”?

A. That the eternal Son of God, who is and remains true and eternal God,1 took to himself, through the working of the Holy Spirit,2 from the flesh and blood of the virgin Mary,3 a truly human nature so that he might also become David’s true descendant,4 like his brothers and sisters in every way5 except for sin.6

1 John 1:110:30-36Acts 13:33 (Ps. 2:7); Col. 1:15-171 John 5:20.
2 Luke 1:35.
3 Matt. 1:18-23John 1:14Gal. 4:4Heb. 2:14.
4 2 Sam. 7:12-16Ps. 132:11Matt. 1:1Rom. 1:3.
5 Phil. 2:7Heb. 2:17.
6 Heb. 4:157:26-27.

Q. How does the holy conception and birth of Christ
benefit you?

A. He is our mediator1 and, in God’s sight, he covers with his innocence and perfect holiness my sinfulness in which I was conceived.2

1 1 Tim. 2:5-6Heb. 9:13-15.
2 Rom. 8:3-42 Cor. 5:21Gal. 4:4-51 Pet. 1:18-19.

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

LORD’S DAY 13. 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 13 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next several weeks concerns the subject of God the Son.

Q. Why is he called God’s “only begotten Son” when we also are God’s children?

A. Because Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God.We, however, are adopted children of God—adopted by grace through Christ.2

1 John 1:1-3, 14, 18Heb. 1. 
2 John 1:12Rom. 8:14-17Eph. 1:5-6. 

Q. Why do you call him “our Lord”?

A. Because—not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood—he has set us free from sin and from the tyranny of the devil,and has bought us, body and soul, to be his very own.3

1 1 Pet. 1:18-19.
2 Col. 1:13-14; Heb. 2:14-15.
3 1 Cor. 6:201 Tim. 2:5-6. 

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

LORD’S DAY 12, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 12 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next several weeks concerns the subject of God the Son.

Q. Why is he called “Christ,” meaning “anointed”?

A. Because he has been ordained by God the Father
and has been anointed with the Holy Spirit to be our chief prophet and teacher who fully reveals to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our deliverance; our only high priest who has delivered us by the one sacrifice of his body,and who continually pleads our cause with the Father;6 and our eternal king who governs us by his Word and Spirit, and who guards us and keeps us in the freedom he has won for us.8

1 Luke 3:21-224:14-19 (Isa. 61:1); Heb. 1:9 (Ps. 45:7)
2 Acts 3:22 (Deut. 18:15)
3 John 1:1815:15
4 Heb. 7:17 (Ps. 110:4)
5 Heb. 9:1210:11-14
6 Rom. 8:34Heb. 9:24
7 Matt. 21:5 (Zech. 9:9)
8 Matt. 28:18-20John 10:28Rev. 12:10-11

Q. But why are you called a Christian?

A. Because by faith I am a member of Christ and so I share in his anointing.I am anointed to confess his name,to present myself to him as a living sacrifice of thanks,4
to strive with a free conscience against sin and the devil in this life,and afterward to reign with Christ over all creation for eternity.6

1 1 Cor. 12:12-27.
2 Acts 2:17 (Joel 2:28); 1 John 2:27.
3 Matt. 10:32Rom. 10:9-10Heb. 13:15.
4 Rom. 12:11 Pet. 2:5, 9.
5 Gal. 5:16-17Eph. 6:111 Tim. 1:18-19.
6 Matt. 25:342 Tim. 2:12. 

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

LORD’S DAY 11, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 11 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next several weeks concerns the subject of God the Son.

Q. Why is the Son of God called “Jesus,” meaning “savior”?

A. Because he saves us from our sins,and because salvation should not be sought
and cannot be found in anyone else.2

1 Matt. 1:21Heb. 7:25. 
2 Isa. 43:11John 15:5Acts 4:11-121 Tim. 2:5. 

Q. Do those who look for their salvation in saints, in themselves, or elsewhere. really believe in the only savior Jesus? 

A. No! Although they boast of being his, by their actions they deny the only savior, Jesus.1

Either Jesus is not a perfect savior, or those who in true faith accept this savior have in him all they need for their salvation.2

1 1 Cor. 1:12-13Gal. 5:4. 
2 Col. 1:19-202:101 John 1:7. 

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

LORD’S DAY 10, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 10 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for today concerns the subject of God the Father.

Q. What do you understand by the providence of God?

A. The almighty and ever present power of God1 by which God upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, 2 and so rules them that leaf and blade,
rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness,
prosperity and poverty—3 all things, in fact, come to us not by chance4 but by his fatherly hand.5

1 Jer. 23:23-24Acts 17:24-28.
2 Heb. 1:3.
3 Jer. 5:24Acts 14:15-17/a>; John 9:3Prov. 22:2.
4 Prov. 16:33.
5 Matt. 10:29.

Q. How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us?

A. We can be patient when things go against us, 1 thankful when things go well, 2
and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father
that nothing in creation will separate us from his love.3 For all creatures are so completely in God’s hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved.4

1 Job 1:21-22James 1:3.
2 Deut. 8:101 Thess. 5:18.
3 Ps. 55:22Rom. 5:3-58:38-39.
4 Job 1:122:6Prov. 21:1Acts 17:24-28.

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

 

LORD’S DAY 9, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 9 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next two Lord’s Days will concern the subject of God the Father.

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 counsel and providence,2 is my God and Father because of Christ the Son.3 I trust God so much that I do not doubt he will provide whatever I need for body and soul,4 and will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends upon me in this sad world.5 God is able to do this because he is almighty God6 and desires to do this because he is a faithful Father.7

1 Gen. 1-2Ex. 20:11Ps. 33:6Isa. 44:24Acts 4:2414:15.
2 Ps. 104Matt. 6:3010:29Eph. 1:11.
3 John 1:12-13Rom. 8:15-16Gal. 4:4-7Eph. 1:5.
4 Ps. 55:22Matt. 6:25-26Luke 12:22-31.
5 Rom. 8:28.
6 Gen. 18:14Rom. 8:31-39.
7 Matt. 7:9-11.

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

 

LORD’S DAY 8, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 8 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next several Lord’s Days will be deliverance.

Q. How are these articles divided?

A. Into three parts: God the Father and our creation; God the Son and our deliverance;
and God the Holy Spirit and our sanctification.

Q. Since there is only one divine being,1 why do you speak of three: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

A. Because that is how God has revealed himself in his Word:2 these three distinct persons are one, true, eternal God.

1 Deuteronomy 6:41 Corinthians 8:4, 6.
Matthew 3:16-1728:18-19Luke 4:18 (Isaiah 61:1); John 14:2615:262 Corinthians 13:14Galatians 4:6Titus 3:5-6.

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

LORD’S DAY 7, 2019.

On each Lord’s Day this year, we will display the 52 devotionals taken from the Heidelberg Catechism which are structured in the form of questions posed and answers given.

The Heidelberg Catechism was originally written in 1563. It originated in one of the few pockets of Calvinistic faith in the Lutheran and Catholic territories of Germany. Conceived originally as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity, the catechism soon became a guide for preaching as well.

Along with the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Dordt, it forms what is collectively referred to as the Three Forms of Unity.

The devotional for LORD’S DAY 7 is as follows. Please take note of the biblical references given in each answer. The theme for the next several Lord’s Days will be deliverance.

Q. Are all people then saved through Christ just as they were lost through Adam?

A. No. Only those are saved who through true faith are grafted into Christ and accept all his benefits.1

1 Matt. 7:14John 3:16, 18, 36Rom. 11:16-21.

Q. What is true faith?

A. True faith is not only a sure knowledge by which I hold as true all that God has revealed to us in Scripture; 1 It is also a wholehearted trust, 2 which the Holy Spirit creates in me by the gospel, 4 that God has freely granted, not only to others but to me also, 5 forgiveness of sins, eternal righteousness, and salvation.6 These are gifts of sheer grace, granted solely by Christ’s merit.7

1 John 17:3, 17Heb. 11:1-3James 2:19.
2 Rom. 4:18-215:110:10Heb. 4:14-16.
3 Matt. 16:15-17John 3:5Acts 16:14.
4 Rom. 1:1610:171 Cor. 1:21.
5 Gal. 2:20.
6 Rom. 1:17Heb. 10:10.
7 Rom. 3:21-26Gal. 2:16Eph. 2:8-10.

Q. What then must a Christian believe?

A. All that is promised us in the gospel, 1 a summary of which is taught us in the articles of our universal and undisputed Christian faith.

1 Matt. 28:18-20John 20:30-31.

Q. What are these articles?

A. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

May truth and grace reside here.

Soli deo Gloria!

LORD’S DAY 6, 2019.

Q. Why must the mediator be a true and righteous human?

A. God’s justice demands that human nature, which has sinned, must pay for sin; 1
but a sinful human could never pay for others.2

1 Rom. 5:12, 151 Cor. 15:21Heb. 2:14-16
2 Heb. 7:26-271 Pet. 3:18

Q. Why must the mediator also be true God?

A. So that the mediator, by the power of his divinity, might bear the weight of God’s wrath in his humanity and earn for us
and restore to us righteousness and life.1

1 Isa. 53John 3:162 Cor. 5:21

Q. Then who is this mediator—true God and at the same time a true and righteous human?

A. Our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 who was given to us to completely deliver us and make us right with God.2

1 Matt. 1:21-23Luke 2:111 Tim. 2:5
2 1 Cor. 1:30

Q. How do you come to know this?

A. The holy gospel tells me. God began to reveal the gospel already in Paradise;1
later God proclaimed it by the holy patriarchs2and prophets3 and foreshadowed it by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law;4 and finally God fulfilled it through his own beloved Son.5

1 Gen. 3:15
2 Gen. 22:1849:10
3 Isa. 53Jer. 23:5-6Mic. 7:18-20Acts 10:43Heb. 1:1-2
4 Lev. 1-7John 5:46Heb. 10:1-10
5 Rom. 10:4Gal. 4:4-5Col. 2:17