Heidelberg Lord’s Day 1

1. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I am not my own, but belong–body and soul, in life and in death–to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

1Co 6.19-20
Ro 14.7-9
1Co 3.23; Tit 2.14
1Pet 1.18-19; 1Jn 1.7-9; 2.2
Jn 8.34-36; Heb 2.14-15; 1Jn 3.1-11
Jn 6.39-40; 10.27-30; 2Th 3.3; 1Pe 1.5
Mt 10.29-31; Lk 21.16-18
Ro 8.28
Ro 8.15-16; 2Co 1.21-22; 5.5; Eph 1.13-14
Ro 8.1-17

2. What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort?
Three things: first, how great my sin and misery are; second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery; third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.

Ro 3.9-10; 1Jn 1.10
Jn 17.3; Ac 4.12; 10.43
Mt 5.16; Ro 6.13; Eph 5.8-10; 2Ti 2.15; 1Pe 2.9-10

From the Heidelberg Catechism.

What is a Catechism?

In 1 Corinthians 14:19 Paul says, “In the church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.” In Galatians 6:6 he says, “Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches.” Acts 18:25 says that Apollos “has been instructed in the way of the Lord.”

In each of these verses the Greek word for “instruct” or “teach” is katecheo. From this word we get our English word “catechize”. It simply means to teach Biblical truth in an orderly way. Generally this is done with questions and answers accompanied by Biblical support and explanation.


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