Heidelberg Catechism

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  1. agedman

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    Here is a link to the Heidelberg Catechism: http://www.crcna.org/pages/heidelberg_main.cfm

    It was separated into the weeks of the year so that on each "Lord's day" a part of the catechism was learned.

    I hadn't read through it in a number of years.

    Obviously, I disagree with the infant baptism part.

    Who on the BB would take issue with a part of this catechism that was used to help instruct pastors and churches, and why?
     
  2. Martin Marprelate

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    I just love the opening question and answer:-

    Q. What is your only comfort
    in life and in death?


    A. That I am not my own,
    but belong—

    body and soul,
    in life and in death—

    to my faithful Saviour, Jesus Christ.

    He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
    and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
    He also watches over me in such a way
    that not a hair can fall from my head
    without the will of my Father in heaven;
    in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

    Because I belong to him,
    Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
    assures me of eternal life
    and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
    from now on to live for him.

    Wonderful!

    Steve
     
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    Apparently the 2011 translation went gender neutral insofar as possible!
     
  4. Jerome

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    Reformed Churches End Long Estrangement, Celebrate With Giant Conga Line:

    Grand Rapids Press June 16, 2011

     
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    Very interesting Jerome. Just shows that one has to get that "beat" in there.:tonofbricks: Wonder where the Dutch Reformed are in this process. I assume everyone knows where the PCUSA is now?:tear: Can the Southern Baptists be far behind? Have to stay relevant you know!:tear:

    The need of man has not changed since the Fall, therefore, the Gospel is always relevant!:jesus:
     
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    I think this is one of the best catechisms created. The richness is unsurpassed by other catechisms in the world making this one of the greatest works of the Post-Reformation era.
     
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    Yes...it is also exciting to see that saints who have gone on before us,rejoiced in the same Lord and Saviour..His promises and His word.
    Cathechisms are scriptural in that scripture tells us that this a proper thing to do.
     
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    IF one is not reformed though , would we see Cathechisms as being similiar to a church statement of beliefs, but just expanded and commented on?
     
  10. agedman

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    This is true.

    In my opinion, this particular catechism may also have eventually lead to agreements and disagreements which eventually lead to major covenants being written to clarify and provide specific Scripture support to various views.

    I suppose instead of looking back to the African Algeria and Augustine of Hippo, the Scotch/English Pelagius, the middle French Calvinists, and the Dutch Arminianists/Remonstrants we should blame it all on German engineering! :)
     

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