Heidelberg Catechisms 81 & 82

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: 1 Corinthians 11: 17 – 34

Text: 1 Corinthians 11: 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. (ESV)

Q. 81 Who should come to the Lord’s table?

A. Those who are displeased with themselves because of their sins, but who nevertheless trust that their sins are pardoned and that their remaining weakness is covered by the suffering and death of Christ, and who also desire more and more to strengthen their faith
and to lead a better life.

Hypocrites and those who are unrepentant, however, eat and drink judgment on themselves.

Q. 82 Should those be admitted to the Lord’s Supper who show by what they profess and how they live that they are unbelieving and ungodly?

A. No, that would dishonour God’s covenant and bring down God’s wrath upon the entire congregation. Therefore, according to the instruction of Christ and his apostles, the Christian church is duty-bound to exclude such people, by the official use of the keys of the kingdom, until they reform their lives.

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Solemn words:

Solemn responsibility:

  1. Repenting people:

Heartfelt repentance:

Honest repentance:

Continuous repentance:

Fruitful repentance:

  1. Believing people:

Personal faith:

Past forgiveness:

Present weakness:

Perfect provision:

  1. Longing people:

Stronger faith:

Better life:

  1. Covenant people:

God’s people:

God’s terms:

God’s judgment: