God, our Saviour (LD 1, part 2)

Introduction Have you noticed that the catechism, in its first question and answer, does not mention “God”? It easily could have; it could have said: “My only comfort is that I belong to God…” Instead, it talks about Jesus Christ as our Saviour. As we read on, the catechism also mentions “my heavenly Father” and … Continue reading God, our Saviour (LD 1, part 2)

The Trinity in the Heidelberg Catechism

“Contemporary Christians by and large do not appropriate God for themselves in a specifically trinitarian way. Yet both worship and thought remain replete with symbols expressing God as triune—symbols, however, that remain at a certain remove from actual life.” (William J. Hill, The Three-Personed God, p. 251) Reformed Christian do not escape this problem. We … Continue reading The Trinity in the Heidelberg Catechism

“Your comfort”: The personal approach of the Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism was not the only catechism written in the time of the Reformation. The method of teaching children through questions and answers was very popular at that time. Many Reformed leaders published catechisms, including Luther, Calvin, and Ursinus. But the Heidelberg Catechism became the most popular of all. One thing that stands out … Continue reading “Your comfort”: The personal approach of the Heidelberg Catechism

My only comfort (LD 1, part 1)

Introduction What are you living for? What makes your life meaningful? What keeps you going? As long as things go well, we may avoid thinking about this. Especially while you are young and healthy. But sooner or later, we all face discomfort, suffering, sickness, loss. Then we cannot escape those questions. Then we need something … Continue reading My only comfort (LD 1, part 1)

PreCon 13: Preaching and Bible study

Acts 2:42 describes four key activities of the early Christian church. The first that is mentioned is: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching ..." From this, we draw two simple conclusions: first, that teaching is an important activity in the church; and second, that it is focused on the message of Jesus' apostles, that … Continue reading PreCon 13: Preaching and Bible study