Heidelberg Catechism 126

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Psalm 51

Text: Matthew 6: 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (ESV)

Q. 126 What does the fifth petition mean?

A. “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” means:

Because of Christ’s blood, do not hold against us, poor sinners that we are, any of the sins we do or the evil that constantly clings to us. Forgive us just as we are fully determined, as evidence of your grace in us, to forgive our neighbours.

Introduction:

Individually:

Ecclesiastically:

Nationally:

  1. Our constant need:

Sinful acts:

Sinful words:

Sinful thoughts:

Sinful heart:

  1. Our only hope:

God alone:

God’s grace:

God’s doing:

God’ Son:

  1. Our solemn responsibility:

God’s promise:

God’s pattern:

God’s expectation:

God’s threat:

Genesis 38

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Genesis 38

Text: Genesis 38: 26 Then Judah identified them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not know her again. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. Judah’s failings:
    His wife:
    His children:
    His daughter in law:
    His immorality:
    His priorities:
  2. Judah’s discipline:
    His sons:
    His wife:
    His daughter in law:
  3. Judah’s offspring:
    The grace of God:
    The Redeemer from God:

Matthew 18: 15 – 20

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 18

Text: Matthew 18: 15 – 20 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. (ESV)

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Introduction:
Kingdom life:
Kingdom continuity: Deuteronomy 19:15

  1. Church practice:
    Personal initiative:
    Progressive steps:
    Solemn decision:
  2. Church objective:
    Repentance:
    Restoration:
  3. Church authority:
    Divine pattern:
    Divine guidance:
  4. Church prayers:
    The Father of Christ:
    The name of Christ:
    The presence of Christ:

Heidelberg Catechism 125

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Psalm 145

Text: Matthew 6: 11 Give us this day our daily bread (ESV)

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Q. What does the fourth petition mean?
A. “Give us this day our daily bread” means:
Do take care of all our physical needs so that we come to know that you are the only source
of everything good, and that neither our work and worry nor your gifts can do us any good
without your blessing. And so help us to give up our trust in creatures and trust in you alone.

Introduction:
Material:
Hyper spiritual:
Biblical:

  1. Theological foundations:
    God’s creation:
    God’s power:
    God’s goodness:
    God’s kingdom:
  2. Personal confession:
    Our need:
    Our trust:
  3. Important qualifications:
    Contentment: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches;
    feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the
    LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.
    Intercession:
    Thanksgiving:

Matthew 18: 10 – 14

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 18

Text: Matthew 18: 10 – 14 See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my[b] Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. (ESV)

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Introduction:

  1. God’s kingdom:

Different rules:

Challenging rules:

Soul-winning rules:

Encouraging rules:

  1. God’s little ones:

God’ sheep:

God’s angels:

  1. God’s preservation:

Divine seeking:

Divine rejoicing:

Divine willing:

  1. God’ Son:

Jesus’ self-revelation:

Jesus’ self-consciousness:

Heidelberg Catechism 124

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 26: 30 – 75

Text: Matthew 6: 10 your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (ESV)

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Q. 124 What does the third petition mean?

A. “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” means: Help us and all people to reject our own wills and to obey your will without any back talk.
Your will alone is good. Help us one and all to carry out the work we are called to, as willingly and faithfully as the angels in heaven.

Introduction:

Connection:

Confession:

Confusion:

  1. Biblical mystery:

Discernment:

Relationship:

  1. Biblical order:

God’s sovereignty:

God’s perfections:

  1. Biblical distinctions:

Revealed: His pleasure, law and gospel

Secret: His decree

  1. Biblical example:

The angels of God:

The Son of God:

The greatest in the kingdom

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Matthew 18

Text: Matthew 18: 1 – 9 ….. Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven ….. (ESV)

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Introduction:

Jesus’ language:

Jesus’ example:

  1. Becomes:

Dependence:

Trust:

Humility:

  1. Receives:

The least:

The Lord:

  1. Fights:

Tempting into sin:

Falling into sin:

  1. Chooses:

Spiritual good:

Eternal reward:

Heidelberg Catechism 123

Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Ephesians 1: 15 – 2: 22

Text: Matthew 6: 10 Your kingdom come. (ESV)

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Q.123 What does the second petition mean?

A. “Your kingdom come” means: Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way

that more and more we submit to you. Preserve your church and make it grow. Destroy the devil’s work; destroy every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy Word. Do this until your kingdom fully comes, when you will be all in all.

Introduction:

The doing of God:

The glory of God:

1. Spiritual:

Jesus said to Pilate: My kingdom is not of this world.

The implications of our salvation: Paul writes to the Colossians: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. Jesus says to Nicodemus that new birth is the only way to enter God’s kingdom. This tells us a lot about the nature of biblical conversion. It is not saying a prayer. It is receiving Jesus as Lord or to use the words of Peter: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God…

The conversion of our neighbours:

The content of our preaching:

2. Ecclesiastical:

Increase our number: We pray that sinners will enter into God’s kingdom.

Increase our power: The apostles in a time of persecution pray that God would grant to his servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. We pray for God to give us strength in our duties.

Increase our faithfulness: By these words, your kingdom come, we show that as a church we want to be faithful to Jesus.

Increase our borders: Mission!

3. Universal:

Christ’s return: Come, Lord Jesus!

Christ’s victory: