The Heidelberg Catechism was written primarily as a textbook for the church, with a focus on the youth. This looks at the role of Scripture in the Catechism, the method of the Catechism, and its place in the church. Then it discusses a role that the Catechism should play in the church today in preaching and catechesis.
Stating that a catechism must serve the purpose of initiating believers into the theological tradition, teaching the basics of faith, and helping them to defend the faith, this article argues that though the Heidelberg Catechism can stand as a confessional document, the church needs today a new catechism.
This article looks at the relationship between the three parts of the Heidelberg Catechism - sin, deliverance, and gratitude. These three parts form a reformed alternative to the sacrament of penance, which also contains three parts - contrition, confession, and satisfaction. In contrast to the sacrament of penance, the Heidelberg Catechism encompasses the whole life of the Christian.
When we develop the character of our children, we mark their souls morally and ethically. This parenting involves ploughing and planting the Word of God in them. One tool God provides for this is the catechism. The catechism provides children with solid, thorough knowledge in today’s confusing world. It gives a workable framework within which we can live.