Heidelberg Catechisms 65 – 68


Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Readings: 1 Corinthians 11: 23 – 33; Colossians 2: 6 – 15

Text: Colossians 2: 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ. (ESV)

Q 65: It is through faith alone that we share in Christ and all his benefits: where then does that faith come from?

The Holy Spirit produces it in our hearts by the preaching of the holy gospel, and confirms it by the use of the holy sacraments.

Q 66: What are sacraments?

Sacraments are visible, holy signs and seals appointed by God so that by our use of them he may the more fully declare and seal the promise of the gospel: namely that he grants us forgiveness of sins and eternal life by grace because of Christ’s one sacrifice accomplished on the cross.

Q 67: Are both the word and the sacraments then intended to focus our faith on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as the only ground of our salvation?

Yes! In the gospel the Holy Spirit teaches us and by the holy sacraments assures us that our entire salvation rests on Christ’s one sacrifice for us on the cross.

Q 68: How many sacraments did Christ institute in the New Testament?

Two: holy baptism and the holy supper.

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Introduction:

The historical context:

The present neglect:

The necessary balance:

  1. God’s Son:

Instituted by Christ:

Point to Christ:

  1. God’s doing:

His teaching:

His declaration:

His confirmation:

  1. God’s Spirit:
  1. God’s grace:

Revealed:

Emphasised:

Granted:

  1. God’s people:

His covenant commitment:

His covenant requirements: