Heidelberg Lord’s Day 21

Cont’d from here.

54. What do you believe concerning ‘the holy catholic church’?

I believe that the Son of God through his Spirit and Word, out of the entire human race, from the beginning of the world to its end, gathers, protects, and preserves for himself a community chosen for eternal life and united in true faith. And of this community I am and always a living member.

Jn 10.14-16; Ac 20.28; Ro 10.14-17; Col 1.18
Ge 26.3b-4; Rev 5.9
Isa 59.21; 1Co 11.26
Mt 16.18; Jn 10.28-30; Ro 8.28-30; Eph 1.3-14
Ac 2.42-47; Eph 4.1-6
1Jn 3.14, 19-21
Jn 10.27-28; 1Co 1.4-9; 1Pe 1.3-5

55. What do you understand by ‘the communion of saints’?

First, that believers one and all, as members of this community, share in Christ and in all his treasures and gifts. Second, that each member should consider it a duty to use these gifts readily and cheerfully for the service and enrichment of the other members.

Ro 8.32; 1Co 6.17; 12.4-7, 12-13; 1Jn 1.3
Ro 12.4-8; 1Co 12.20-27; 13.1-7; Php 2.4-8

56. What do you believe concerning ‘the forgiveness of sins’?

I believe that God, because of Christ’s atonement, will never hold against me any of my sins nor my sinful nature which I need to struggle against all my life. Rather, in his grace God grants me the righteousness of Christ to free me forever from judgment.

Ps 103.3-4, 10, 12; Mic 7.18-19; 2Co 5.18-21; 1Jn 1.7; 2.2
Ro 7.21-25
Jn 3.17-18; Ro 8.1-2

From The Heidelberg Catechism.


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