Posts in the Heidelberg Catechism Category
April 29th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees
It’s time to get back to regular blog posts after about six weeks of absence. I didn’t know I would not post for so long, but since my last post I’ve done a lot of development of our Consistory retreat series that I am calling “What Matters Most”.
March 2nd, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees
Today we come to Q&A 18 and we find a truly better insight into the Two Natures of Christ that the ancient creeds did not address. The Catechism mostly recaptures what the Ancient Church taught in contrast to what the Roman Church was teaching at the time.
February 24th, 2015 by Pastor Scott Rees
Well, it’s been officially two full months since my last post. The day after my last one I got on a plane and flew to Colorado Springs to have Christmas with some family there. It was a new adventure, and nothing like we usually do for Christmas.
December 24th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
It is Christmas Eve as I write this post today, and as I was reviewing the Q&A’s of the Heidelberg Catechism to write the next post on it, I read again the first question and answer. What is the relationship between the Heidelberg and the Manger of the Christ child?
December 8th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
The Heidelberg Catechism is divided into three parts, which follows the answer to Q&A 2. (I could quote it here and make it easy on you, or as a good â€˜teacherâ€™ I could leave it to you to look up; yep, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ll do)
November 17th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
In the Heidelberg Catechism we spend a good amount of time in what some people might say is negative territory. We have nine questions (3-11) that deal with our misery in sin.
November 13th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
I believe we have lost a lot of zeal and joy for God in the Church because we have bought into the lie of our culture that only a mean God would punish someone for sin.
October 17th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
Most Christians today glibly attribute the forgiveness of their sins to the â€œlove of God.â€ John 3:16 is cited as proof that â€œGod so loved the worldâ€ that he forgives sins. The problem is that this is making only one part of the truth the whole truth. People are claiming Godâ€™s love, part of the truth, but forgetting his justice.
October 15th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
The 129 questions and answers of the Catechism are divided into 52 segments so that it can be preached through in one year. My HC history is not deep enough to know who did this, but it is a handy way to organize it for teaching and preaching the doctrines of our faith.
September 19th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
I want to pick up where I left off in my last post, so you may want to quickly review that one before reading this one. The point I drew out was that the HC attributes our misery to our failure to live by the Two Great Commandments.
September 11th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
Have you ever remembered someone telling a joke that you didnâ€™t get and then getting it ... weeks, months, or even years after they told it? Iâ€™m embarrassed to say that this has happened to me several times.
September 9th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
The last post introduced us to the 2nd Q&A of the Catechism; â€œWhat must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort? Answer: Three things â€" First, how great my sin and misery are; Second, how I am set free from all my sins and misery; Third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.â€
September 2nd, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
When we read the Heidelberg Catechism (HC) for our spiritual growth we step back into the world of 1563. That is when it was written. Like all documents, the HC is a product of its time and place. The 16th century was tumultuous.
August 28th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
I donâ€™t know if you have driven a newer car lately, but things are changing a lot in cars these days. The digital age is really impacting how we interact with our cars. Back in the day we had one or two keys, one for the ignition and one for the trunk.
August 26th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
Q&A 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism is a deep well of grace. You can keep going back to it to get another dose of the Gospel. It is a tightly packed and beautifully statement of Godâ€™s grace toward us in his Son, Jesus Christ. It is well worth memorizing so that throughout the day its phrases and truths can strengthen our faith.
August 23rd, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
This morning is opened the HC to the first question again, which I will be doing repeatedly for a while, to reset my grip on Godâ€™s line of grace.
August 20th, 2014
Question 1: What is your only comfort in life and in death?
August 19th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
Todayâ€™s post is my first step in a personal challenge in blogging for NLCC. I want to write a post for each of the 129 questions and answers of the Heidelberg Catechism.
March 13th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
Scott Peck wrote a best-selling book way back in the 80â€™s titled, â€œThe Road Less Traveled.â€ Its title comes from Robert Frostâ€™s famous poem of that same title. In his book opens with the statement, â€œLife is difficult.â€
February 28th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
Everyone should read these two HC questions and answers about the 10 Commandments before and after reading the other questions in the Catechism about the Law. They are Q&A 114 and 115. Here is 114 for today.
February 28th, 2014 by Pastor Scott Rees
"Why bother preaching the 10 Commandments if we are forgiven?" That's like asking why bother with a map once you have decided to go on a journey to a place you have never been.