The Simplified Catechism
Why Catechism Is Necessary
Good for More Than Preaching: Liturgical Potential in the Heidelberg Catechism
Some congregations are discovering that the Heidelberg Catechism is good for more than preaching; many churches benefit from its use as a liturgical resource. This article explores possible uses of the Catechism as a liturgical document.
The Sinner’s Comfort and God’s Glory: Zacharias Ursinus and the Heidelberg Catechism
A Faith Worth Teaching – The History and People behind the Heidelberg Catechism
Chapter 1 explores the history behind the Heidelberg Catechism. The author notes the reformation of the Palatinate, the purpose of the Catechism, and the primary author of the Catechism, Zacharias Ursinus.
A Textbook for the Church, Especially for the Youth
John 14:16-17a – The Holy Spirit Given as the Other Counsellor
Faith Is Assurance: Q. 21 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Assurance is the certainty that belongs to faith. This article proves this truth by looking at the meaning of faith a sure confidence, as explained in Lord's Day 7, question 21 of the Heidelberg Catechism, and the teaching on assurance of faith from the Westminster Standards.
Judgment in the Preaching
Zacharias Ursinus: Author of the Heidelberg Catechism
This article gives a biography of Zacharias Ursinus and the events that led to the writing of the Heidelberg Catechism.
The Story of the Two Fredericks
This article looks at the life of Frederick the Pious and the role he played in advancing the cause of Calvinism and the promotion of the Heidelberg Catechism.
The Work of the Holy Spirit upon the Church
The Work of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus Christ
A Catechism on the Holy Spirit
The Heidelberg Catechism – Lord's Day 1
The first two questions and answers of the Heidelberg Catechism are introductory. Chapter 1 deals with these introductory questions and answers.
The Church's Book of Comfort – The Continued Relevance of the Heidelberg Catechism
The Heidelberg Catechism cannot be detached from history. If the historical context of this confessional statement is ignored, its special character will not be recognized. Chapter 7 places the Catechism in its historical and theological context. It is compared with the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and other catechisms. Finally, criticism of the Catechism and the continued relevance of the Catechism are considered.
The Heidelberg Catechism – An Ecumenical Creed?
Klooster want to assess the ecumenical character of the Heidelberg Catechism. He gives a brief survey of the historical background of the Heidelberger and then consider its ecumenical character.
The Heidelberg Catechism
This article introduces the Heidelberg Catechism. It looks at the structure of the Catechism, its relation to Scripture, and the reasons it was written.
Use of the Heidelberg Catechism
The Heidelberg Catechism can be used for teaching, preaching, devotions, and Bible study. This article explains how.
With Reverence and Awe – The Church and the World
Chapter 1 is an exposition of Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 21, Q&A 54. The authors seek to understand from the Catechism what the relationship between the church and the world is in worship. Should the aim of the church be to make worship accessible to the world? Should worship be one occasion where the church displays her otherworldliness?
Renew or Retain? The Place of the HC in School, Church and Catechesis
A Future for the HC in Tomorrow's Instruction?
Spirituality in the Heidelberg Catechism
Rational or Practical: Communicating the Gospel Today
The Coming of the Heidelberg Catechism to the Netherlands
A Comparison between the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster Confession Introduction, Shifts in Theology
Living with the Lord
Preaching the Word - Catechetically
Being Renewed in God’s Image: The Translation of Lord’s Day 44
The Origins of the Heidelberg Catechism
The Skeleton of the Heidelberg Catechism
The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving
Looking at the structure of the Heidelberg Catechism through the eyes of Psalm 116, this article shows that the Christian life is a life lived out of gratitude before God, which brings the blessing of assurance of faith.
The Covenantal Character of the Heidelberg Catechism
This article shows that the presupposition behind the writing of the Heidelberg Catechism was that God has determined a covenant of grace.
War and Peace in the Solas of the Heidelberg Catechism
This article looks at the five solas - By faith alone, Through Christ alone, By grace alone, By scripture alone, and Glory to God alone - in the context of the Heidelberg Catechism.
The Great Blessing of Preaching the Catechism
Preaching the Heidelberg Catechism is crucial for the defense and preservation of the church. This article traces this practice from the Reformation to the synod of Dordt, maintaining that teaching the Catechism is still necessary today.
History and Purpose of the Heidelberg Catechism
This article discusses the history and the purpose of the Heidelberg Catechism. From a temporal perspective, the Catechism served to unify Christians during the Reformation. The other purpose of the Catechism was for it to be used as a doctrinal teaching tool for the youth.
Comfort for Living and Dying - The Heidelberg Catechism's Grand Theme
The great theme of the Heidelberg Catechism is comfort - comfort found in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Relation of Good Works to Justification
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 24 of the Heidelberg Catechism. The author looks at the relationship between good works and justification. Teaching justification by grace alone should not produce careless Christians, but rather inspire thankful living.
Righteous Before God
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 23 of the Heidelberg Catechism. The author explains why justification is found in Christ alone by faith alone, drawing out the comfort this brings to the believer.
The Resurrection of the Body
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 22 of the Heidelberg Catechism, discussing how Christ's resurrection serves as assurance of the final resurrection of the body. The author also discusses the teaching of the intermediate state.
The Church of Jesus Christ
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 21 of the Heidelberg Catechism, looking at the catholic church, the communion of saints, and the biblical teaching of forgiveness.
The Holy Spirit, Our Comforter
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 20 of the Heidelberg Catechism, looking at the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
The King is Coming Again
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 19 of the Heidelberg Catechism. What does it mean that Christ is at the right hand of God? This article discusses this question, highlighting the fact that Christ's governance of the world is an assurance of his second coming as judge.
He Ascended into Heaven
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 18 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Jesus' ascension is a real historical fact. This article provides seven reasons why Christ's ascension was necessary.
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 17 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Christ's resurrection has great benefits for the Christian.
Death, the Grave, and Hell
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 16 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Why did Jesus have to die? This article discusses the meaning of Christ's death and descent into hell.
The Suffering of Christ
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 15 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Why did Jesus have to suffer? In order that He might bear the curse of God upon mankind.
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 14 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Why is it important that Jesus came into this world through birth? In order for Jesus to be the Mediator between God and man, it was crucial that the incarnation should occur.
God's Son and Our Lord
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 13 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Jesus Christ has always been the eternal Son of God. Jesus' title as 'Son of God' tells us about His relationship to the Father. His title of 'Lord' speaks about His relationship to the church. This article discusses these titles, celebrating in the fact that Christians are also called sons of God, since they are adopted in Christ.
The Messiah and His People
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 12 of the Heidelberg Catechism. The work of Christ can be summarized with His three offices of Prophet, Priest, and King.
Jesus Our Savior
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 11 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Can man receive salvation without Christ? No. Jesus is the only Savior, and without Him there is no salvation.
Father’s Sovereign Providence
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 10 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Nothing happens to a child of God by accident. Providence means that all things happen as a result of God’s will. This article defines the meaning of providence and outlines the assurance and peace it gives to the child of God.
God Our Father
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 9 of the Heidelberg Catechism. It is a great comfort for the child of God to know that the almighty God is his Father. This article discusses the meaning of confessing God as our Father, and the comfort this holds for the child of God.
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 8 of the Heidelberg Catechism. The doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of the Christian faith. This is so because this is how God has revealed Himself to His Church. This article shows the biblical foundation of this teaching and the importance of this doctrine for the church in her worship of God.
True Saving Faith
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 7 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Without faith there is no salvation. What does it mean then to have true faith?
The Gospel of the Mediator
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 6 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Why did Jesus have to be both man and God in order that He might be our Mediator?
The Only Way of Salvation
This article is an exposition of Lord's Day 5 of the Heidelberg Catechism. Understanding the justice of God and the satisfaction such a justice requires leaves man hopeless in his attempt to satisfy it. However, it also leaves man with only one option for satisfaction: Jesus Christ.
How Bad We Really Are
The best way to explain man’s natural condition is: total depravity. Simply put, man is born with a natural hatred for God and for his fellow man. Our sinfulness is our own doing through Adam. This article is an explanation of Lord’s Day 3 of the Heidelberg Catechism. The only hope for man is in being regenerated. Why is this the only hope?
The Only Comfort
This is an explanation of Lord’s Day 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism. The article looks at the nature of true comfort, and shows why belonging to Jesus can be the only comfort. There can only be one comfort because there is one cause of misery. The comfort the believer has in Christ is essential to the daily life of the believer until his or her death.
Catechism… or Discipline
Should parents who do not send their children to catechism classes be disciplined? The author shows that this has been a conviction in the history of the Reformed Churches. He shows the need for catechism and the benefits it has for the church. The author maintains that instruction in the Heidelberg Catechism is linked to the promise parents make to their children at their baptism.
The Fourth Commandment: Our Catechism, Calvin, and Ursinus
Does the way in which the Heidelberg Catechism deals with the fourth Commandment in Lord’s Day 38 leave you longing for more? The catechism does not say anything about what is forbidden on the Sabbath. Is this an issue? This article looks at Calvin's perspective on the fourth commandment and how this perspective influenced Ursinus.
The Theology of the Heidelberg Catechism
A Dutch Godfather to the Heidelberg Catechism
The Heidelberg Catechism at 450 Years
This article looks at the history of the Heidelberg Catechism in terms of its context and structure. The author maintains that the catechism can still play a big role in the church through catechetical discipleship and training believers in sound doctrine.
Our Catechism: 425 Years Young
Comments on Catechetical Preaching
Using the Heidelberg Catechism in Pastoring, Training, and Evangelism
A Catechism Written in Heidelberg
This article is about the historical background and purpose of the Heidelberg Catechism.
Zacharius Ursinus: Author of the Heidelberg Catechism
This article is about Zacharius Ursinus, born in 1534 in Breslau, Austria. He was one of the authors of the Heidelberg Catechism.