Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Nugget from "The Book of Comfort"

So, who says Reformed confessions are dry, stuffy, impractical? If you memorize only one catechism question this year, or only teach one to your children, this is a great one.

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Question 1: What is thy only comfort in life and in death?


Answer: That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ, who with his precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready henceforth to live unto him.


- The Heidelberg Catechism, 1563

4 comments:

Rev. said...

IMO, "Calvinists" should teach / explain "Calvinism" from the Heidelberg Catechism beginning w/ this question rather than starting with the "Five Points" from the Synod of Dort.

Gordan Runyan said...

I had not considered that idea, although I will say that the first several questions of Hiedelberg each provide wonderful sermon outlines. It's a treasure trove that we baptistic types ought to enthusiastically explore.

Andrew Esping said...

Wonder catechism. It's a peaceful feeling knowing our only comfort XD

Andrew

Andrew Esping said...

(Quickly off topic)

Good to be reading you guys blog again. I love your work.

Andrew