Course: Heidelberg pt 2: Grace

This second section of the catechism turns to look at God’s solution for our sinfulness – his grace. In particular we go through the Apostle’s Creed to think about what we as Christians should believe. (See part one for the introduction video!)

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  • #5: Who can pay our debt? If we cannot pay our debt of sin to God – then who can?
  • #6: Jesus the only Mediator In this session we see how Jesus fulfils what we truly need.
  • #7: What is true faith? In the past few sessions we’ve been thinking about how we need a Mediator to bring us to God. In this session we turn to think about how we can begin to put that into practice – is there anything needed for us to do or believe?
  • #8: The Trinity The Trinity is not simply a mathematical concept or a problem for Christians to accept, but a truth which Christians should joyfully embrace and experience in their lives.
  • #9: God our Father This is one of my personal favourite sessions: what it means for God to be our Father. You may want to bookmark or print out the Q&A from the catechism and refer to it when you’re feeling down or want some encouragement.
  • #10: God’s Providence In this session we probe a bit deeper into that question of God’s providence. Does God control everything, and how does that make a difference to us?
  • #11: Jesus, the only Saviour Do we only need Jesus for our salvation, or do we need Jesus plus something else?
  • #12: Jesus the anointed one “Christ” is not Jesus’ surname but his title – the anointed one. What does it mean for Jesus to be anointed, and what does it mean for us?
  • #13: God’s Son, our Lord In this session we look at how Jesus is God’s only Son and our Lord.
  • #14: The virgin birth You may have heard of the virgin birth – but why was it necessary for Jesus to be born of a virgin?
  • #15: The Suffering of Christ We know that Christ suffered on the cross. But is there more to say about his suffering? And how does it relate to us?
  • #16: Dead and buried Why is it important that Jesus died and was buried – and how do we benefit from it?
  • #17: Raised to new life In this session we look at the best news ever – the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Why is it the best news? Let’s look into it!
  • #18: Jesus Ascended into Heaven If the previous session was the best news of all time, in this session we look at probably the most overlooked news of all time: why does it matter that Jesus ascended into heaven, and how does it make a difference to us?
  • #19: Our King and Judge This is another topic most Christians don’t spend enough time thinking about: where is Christ now – and when will we next see him?
  • #20: The Holy Spirit What can we know about the Holy Spirit, and why does it matter to us as Christians? The Apostle’s Creed doesn’t have much detail about the Spirit but in this session we look at a few Bible verses which help introduce us to the work of the Spirit.
  • #21: The Church In this session we take a closer look at the church – what is the church, and what does it mean for us to be part of it? We also think about forgiveness of sins and how struggling can be a good sign in the Christian life…
  • #22: Eternal Life In this session we finish off looking at the Apostle’s Creed: what does eternal life look like, and what comfort should we take from it?
  • #23: Faith Alone In this session we are looking at one of the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith – that we are right with God (or “justified”) by faith alone. Not through the good works that we do or by earning in any way.
  • #24: Why are good deeds not enough? Having heard that we are made right with God through faith alone, in this session we think about two questions people often ask: why can we not please God through good works? And if our good works don’t earn anything – doesn’t that mean we can just do what we like?
  • #25: The Sacraments What are the sacraments and why are they important for Christians? In this session we start to look at the sacraments and how God uses them to help us to understand the gospel.
  • #26: Baptism In this session we start looking at baptism – what baptism represents and how it links in with the gospel.
  • #27: Baptism pt 2 We continue thinking about baptism in this session and there are two important questions: (1) does baptism just work in and of itself, and (2) should we baptise infants?
  • #28: Lord’s Supper We turn to the other sacrament – the Lord’s Supper – where we think about how it reminds us of the gospel, and what it means to take communion.
  • #29: Lord’s Supper pt 2 In this session we look at whether the bread and wine turn in a physical way to Christ’s body and blood – and why Christ used those words to refer to the bread and wine.
  • #30: Lord’s Supper pt 3 In this final session on the Lord’s Supper we look at the difference between the Lord’s Supper and the Roman Catholic Mass, and we think about who can come to the Supper.
  • #31: The keys of the kingdom In this, the last session of part 2, we look at the keys of the kingdom: the relationship between the church and the kingdom of God – how what happens on earth is linked with what happens in heaven.
  • Total: 27 sessions.
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