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  • Scripture Various
  • Date Sunday, 02 June 2019
We jump from LD16 over to LD18 because LD17 was covered on Easter morning ... and what a morning!

Here is what we are taking on for June 2:
Q&A 46
Q. What do you mean by saying, "He ascended to heaven"?

A. That Christ while his disciples watched, was taken up from the earth into heaven and remains there on our behalf until he comes again to judge the living and the dead.

Q&A 47
Q. But isn't Christ with us until the end of the world as he promised us?

A. Christ is true human and true God. In his human nature Christ is not now on earth; but in his divinity, majesty, grace, and Spirit he is never absent from us.

Q&A 48
Q. If his humanity is not present wherever his divinity is, then aren't the two natures of Christ separated from each other?

A. Certainly not. Since divinity is not limited and is present everywhere, it is evident that Christ's divinity is surely beyond the bounds of the humanity that has been taken on, but at the same time his divinity is in and remains personally united to his humanity.

Q&A 49
Q. How does Christ's ascension to heaven benefit us?
A. First, he is our advocate in heaven in the presence of his Father.
Second, we have our own flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that Christ our head will also take us, his members, up to himself.
Third, he sends his Spirit to us on earth as a corresponding pledge. By the Spirit's power we seek not earthly things but the things above, where Christ is, sitting at God's right hand.
  • Scripture Romans 8:3-4, plus many more
  • Date Sunday, 19 May 2019
Lord's Day 16, which includes many Q&A's. Q's 40-44 are a part of this study.
The common element is death ... notice Q44, "Hell" is very much a part of death, isn't it?

Most of us understand what Life Insurance is.
We get to a certain age … we begin to think about life insurance.
A loved one dies – we think about life insurance.
The financial figure associated with a life insurance policy is the “death benefit.”
The death benefit is not paid until death occurs – one must die for one's beneficiary to receive the death benefit.
We are the beneficiary to the God-given “death benefit.”
  • Scripture Various
  • Date Sunday, 05 May 2019
Today, we continue in the Heidelberg Catechism series, considering:
Lord's Day 14
Q&A 35
Q. What does it mean that he "was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary"?

A. That the eternal Son of God, who is and remains true and eternal God, took to himself, through the working of the Holy Spirit, from the flesh and blood of the virgin Mary, a truly human nature so that he might also become David's true descendant, like his brothers and sisters in every way except for sin.

The central theme of this Lord's Day is the conception of Jesus.

  • Scripture Various
  • Date Sunday, 28 April 2019
This Sunday morning, we continue from the point before Easter Sunday, continuing at LD #13.
The Heidelberg Catechism is teaching phrase-by-phrase from the Apostle’s Creed.

Today, we consider two phrases, "his only Son" & "our Lord"

Here are the details:
Lord's Day 13
Q&A 33
Q. Why is he called God's "only begotten Son" when we also are God's children?
A. Because Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God. We, however, are adopted children of God—adopted by grace through Christ.

Q&A 34
Q. Why do you call him "our Lord"?
A. Because—not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood— he has set us free from sin and from the tyranny of the devil, and has bought us, body and soul, to be his very own.

Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 14:6

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