What do you believe when you say, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth”?
Why is Jesus called “Christ,” meaning “anointed”?
What did God command us to pray for?
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These and many other burning (and mundane) questions of the faith are posed and answered in the Heidelberg Catechism, which we’ll explore as part of our series on the Book of Confessions. A catechism is a statement of faith written in question and answer format, meant to be memorized . . . internalized. The Heidelberg Catechism, written in 1562 (a contemporary of last week’s Scots Confession), serves as a handy tool for learning bit-by-bit the key things that mid-sixteenth century Germans understood about God, God’s saving works, and how we are called to respond to them. It is a really beautiful creed. (There are and a couple of spots that make me go un uh. Can you spot any? Anything make you go hmmm? . . . See what I did there — threw down the gauntlet for you to read this beauty.)
The minor prophet Joel offers our scripture example, in a passage that’s also a beauty and reminds us that God’s spirit is poured out ”on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”
Join us Sunday as we remember that through the work of the spirit, God opens all of us up to learning, seeing and understanding God, no matter what age we may be. The Heidelberg Catechism is a worship and Christian Education tool breaking complicated concepts of faith into bite-size pieces that we may understand and may respond in faith.
Scripture: Joel 2:23-32
Reflection: “You Get a Vision. And You Get a Vision. And You Get a Vision.”
Confession of the Week: The Heidelberg Catechism
God has a word for you and invitation for you to draw near to grow in faith and understanding. I look forward to doing that together.