Heidelberg Catechisms 54 – 56


Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Matthew 16: 1 – 23

(verse 18) And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (ESV)

Question 54. What believest thou concerning the “holy catholic church” of Christ?
Answer. That the Son of God from the beginning to the end of the world, gathers, defends, and preserves to himself by his Spirit and word, out of the whole human race, a church chosen to everlasting life, agreeing in true faith; and that I am and for ever shall remain, a living member thereof.

Question 55. What do you understand by “the communion of saints”?
Answer. First, that all and every one, who believes, being members of Christ, are in common, partakers of him, and of all his riches and gifts; secondly, that every one must know it to be his duty, readily and cheerfully to employ his gifts, for the advantage and salvation of other members.


Question 56. What believest thou concerning “the forgiveness of sins”?
Answer. That God, for the sake of Christ’s satisfaction, will no more remember my sins, neither my corrupt nature, against which I have to struggle all my life long; but will graciously impute to me the righteousness of Christ, that I may never be condemned before the tribunal of God.

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The Church

  1. The Church is made of a people gathered by God
  2. The Church is made of a people preserved by God
  3. The Church is made of a people bound by God
  4. The Church is made of a people forgiven by God