The first two questions and answers of the Heidelberg Catechism are introductory. Chapter 1 deals with these introductory questions and answers.
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 can be used for teaching, preaching, devotions, and Bible study. This article explains how.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
This article is about the historical background and purpose of the Heidelberg Catechism.