Heidelberg Catechism 27 & 28


Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 6: 25 – 34; Luke 3: 22 – 34

(Luke 12: 32) Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (ESV)

Question 27. What dost thou mean by the providence of God?
Answer. The almighty and everywhere present power of God; whereby, as it were by his hand, he upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by his fatherly hand.

Question 28. What advantage is it to know that God has created, and by his providence doth still uphold all things?
Answer. That we may be patient in adversity; thankful in prosperity; and that in all things, which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from his love; since all creatures are so in his hand, that without his will they cannot so much as move.

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The works of God

  1. God is in control – directly, powerfully, completely
  2. God is our Father – His children, His hand, His love
  3. God is worthy – of patience in adversity, of thankfulness if things go well, of confidence in the future