Sharing the gifts (LD 21, q&a 55)

Introduction In the previous lesson we discussed what the church is: the community of believers, gathered, defended, and preserved by our Lord Jesus Christ. But what does the church do? The Apostles’ Creed summarises it by saying: the communion of the saints. The word “saint” here simply refers to the members of Jesus’ church, to … Continue reading Sharing the gifts (LD 21, q&a 55)

Who is the Holy Spirit (LD 20, Nicene Creed)

Introduction As Christians, our focus is on our Lord Jesus Christ. The catechism took quite some time (Lord’s Days 11 to 19) to discuss his identity and his work. It says much less about the Holy Spirit. An obvious reason is that the Apostles’ Creed has only that short line: “I believe in the Holy … Continue reading Who is the Holy Spirit (LD 20, Nicene Creed)

Christ’s work in heaven (LD 18-19, q&a 49-51)

Introduction After completing his ministry on earth, Jesus returned to heaven. He will be there until he comes back for the final stage of history. While we live our lives here on earth, what is Jesus doing? Is he simply enjoying being back with his Father, basking in heavenly glory? No, our Lord Jesus is … Continue reading Christ’s work in heaven (LD 18-19, q&a 49-51)

The risen Lord gives life (LD 17, q&a 45)

Introduction A few days after his death and burial, Jesus came out of the grave. The tomb was empty, and angels were around to tell his followers what had happened. “He is not here, for he has risen!” This was an enormous miracle, with far-reaching consequences that Jesus’ disciples only realised gradually. But it became … Continue reading The risen Lord gives life (LD 17, q&a 45)