Heidelberg Catechisms 103

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Readings: Matthew 11: 25 – 12: 14

Text: Exodus 20: 8 – 11 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (ESV)

Q. 103 What is God’s will for you in the fourth commandment?

A. First, that the gospel ministry and education for it be maintained, and that, especially on the festive day of rest, I diligently attend the assembly of God’s people to learn what God’s Word teaches, to participate in the sacraments, to pray to God publicly, and to bring Christian offerings for the poor.

Second, that every day of my life I rest from my evil ways, let the Lord work in me through his Spirit, and so begin in this life the eternal Sabbath.

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Introduction:

Different times:

Different stories:

Different views:

Different emphasis: (6 questions vs 1); (practice vs purpose); (Sabbath vs Lord’s Day)

  1. The day of Jehovah:

God’s creation: Exodus 20:11

God’s deliverance: Deuteronomy 5:15

God’ Son:

God’s church:

  1. The worship Jehovah of:

Gospel ministry:

Church gathering:

Holy sacrament:

Public prayer:

Christin offering:

  1. The teaching of Jehovah:

Daily objective:

Divine work:

Eternal Sabbath:

The Lord my Shepherd

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: John 10: 1 – 21

Text: Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. ….. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Our need:

Because of our weakness:

Because of our foolishness:

Because of our death:

Because of our enemies:

  1. Our leader:

He provides:

He protects:

He presences:

  1. Our confidence:

I will not want:

I will not fear:

I will be followed:

I will dwell:

  1. Our God:

The Triune God:

The Son of God:

Heidelberg Catechisms 101 – 102

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Readings: Matthew 5: 33 – 37; Exodus 20: 1-17

Text: Exodus 20: 7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (ESV)

Q. 101 But may we swear an oath in God’s name if we do it reverently?

A. Yes, when the government demands it, or when necessity requires it, in order to maintain and promote truth and trustworthiness for God’s glory and our neighbour’s good. Such oaths are grounded in God’s Word and were rightly used by the people of God in the Old and New Testaments.

Q. 102 May we also swear by saints or other creatures?

A. No. A legitimate oath means calling upon God as the only one who knows my heart to witness to my truthfulness and to punish me if I swear falsely. No creature is worthy of such honour.

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The Third Commandment

Introduction:

  1. Biblical cases:

The law: It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear (Deut 6:13)

The king: The king swore, saying, “As the Lord lives, who has saved my life from every adversity, as I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Your son Solomon shall succeed me as king, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’ so will I do this day.” (1 King 1:29-30)

The apostle: But I call on God as witness against me: it was to spare you that I did not come again to Corinth (2 Corinthians 1:23).

The only God: For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” (Hebrews 6:13-14)

  1. Biblical meaning:

God’s authority:

God’s knowledge:

God’s witness:

God’s judgment:

  1. Biblical conditions:

God’s name:

God’s glory:

  1. Biblical focus:

Reverence:

Truth:

Genesis 25

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 24

Text: Genesis 25: 23 The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” (ESV)

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Introduction:

Solemn statement:

Beautiful description:

  1. God’s family:

Concubines:

Favourites:

Cheating:

  1. God’s blessing:
  1. God’s answer:

Isaac’s prayer:

Rebekah’s inquiry:

  1. God’s plan:

Different timing:

Unexpected promise:

Certain fulfilment:

Secondary means:

Matthew 14: 13 – 21

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 14

Text: Matthew 14: 13 – 21 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. ….. (ESV)

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Introduction:

A crucial event:

A misunderstood event:

A turning point event:

  1. Jesus’ humanity:

His reaction:

His need:

  1. Jesus’s grace:

Selfless:

Unmerited:

Practical:

  1. Jesus’ care:

Miraculous:

Satisfying:

Abundant:

  1. Jesus’ challenge:

Trust him in your need:

Trust him in your service:

Heidelberg Catechisms 99 – 100

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Readings: Exodus 20: 1 – 17; Matthew 12: 22 – 32

Text: Exodus 20: 7 You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (ESV)

Q. 99 What is the aim of the third commandment?

A. That we neither blaspheme nor misuse the name of God by cursing, perjury, or unnecessary oaths, nor share in such horrible sins by being silent bystanders. In summary, we should use the holy name of God only with reverence and awe, so that we may properly confess God, pray to God, and glorify God in all our words and works.

Q. 100 Is blasphemy of God’s name by swearing and cursing really such serious sin
that God is angry also with those who do not do all they can to help prevent and forbid it?

A. Yes, indeed. No sin is greater or provokes God’s wrath more than blaspheming his name. That is why God commanded it to be punished with death.

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Introduction:

Superstition:

Carelessness:

  1. God’s name:

His names:

His attributes:

His Word:

His works:

  1. God’s requirements:

Vain words:

False words:

Blasphemous words:

Reverent words:

  1. God’s threat:

Certain judgment:

Eternal judgment

Genesis 24

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 24

Text: Genesis 24: 1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. (ESV)

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Introduction:

Descriptive text:

Misused text: (engagement, typology)

Encouraging text:

  1. God’s faithfulness:

He made Abraham great:

He led Abraham:

He spoke to Abraham:

He swore to Abraham:

  1. God’s mercy:

Abraham:

Abraham’ servant:

Abraham’ son:

Abraham’s daughter in law:

  1. God’s providence:

The right time:

The right woman:

The right decision:

The right attitude: prayer, faith and worship

Matthew 14: 1 – 12

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 14

Text: Matthew 14: 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison (ESV)

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Introduction:

Painful bondage:

Well meant discipline:

  1. A messy family:

Intermarriage:

Immorality:

Manipulation:

  1. An evil king:

He is an adulterer:

He is a fool:

He is weak:

He is a murderer:

He is unrepentant:

  1. A faithful prophet:

Fearless:

Acknowledged:

Persecuted: