Course: Heidelberg pt 3: Gratitude

The third part of the catechism looks at our response to God’s grace – how we should now live in the light of what God has done for us. In particular we look at the 10 Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer.

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  • #32: Why should we still obey? In this final part of the catechism we turn to thinking about our obedience of God. In the this session we think about the question people might ask to start with: if God forgives us anyway – then why should we obey in the first place?
  • #33: Being born again How significant a chance is it to come to Christ? Jesus describes it like being “born again” – but what does that mean, and what does it look like?
  • #34: No gods but God In this session we start looking at the Ten Commandments. Many people talk about them as the bedrock of western civilisation – but how many people know what’s in them? Here we look at commandment #1 – to have no other gods before God. What does that mean for us?
  • #35: No images In the second commandment, God warns us against the making of images. What possible reason could there be for that, and is it really relevant to us in the 21st century? Let’s look into it…
  • #36: Misusing God’s name In the third commandment, God forbids us from misusing his name. Many people find this hard to understand – what does it mean not to misuse God’s name?
  • #38: The Sabbath Day We turn to another commandment which is not easy to apply to our present day and age: the Sabbath. What does it mean, and how should we obey it in the 21st century?
  • #39: Honour your parents This commandment in one sense is straightforward – but in another sense there is more to it than meets the eye. What does it mean for us today?
  • #40: Do not murder Murder is probably the first commandment people would think of when they think of the 10 Commandments. But most people also think of it as being irrelevant to them: after all, most of us are not murderers! But is that the right way of thinking about it?…
  • #41: Adultery We move from the most well-known of the commandments to one which is extremely different from the way most people live now: sexual ethics. This is an issue which the Bible often speaks about in very serious terms.
  • #42: Theft Theft is another commandment which many people do not think they are guilty of breaking – but, as we will see, there is more to this commandment than meets the eye!
  • #43: Speaking the truth Over the last couple of years our society has become used to words like “post-truth” and “fake news”. This commandment is just what we need to hear at the moment about how we use our words, both in person and online.
  • #44: Coveting In this final session on the 10 Commandments, we think about coveting, and then look at a summary of why we need to think about the ten commandments (especially when we can’t keep them).
  • #45: Prayer In this session we come to the final subject of the catechism – the Lord’s Prayer. We start out by thinking about prayer in general – why do we pray, and how should we pray so God listens?
  • #46: Our Father in Heaven The first line of the Lord’s Prayer “Our Father in Heaven” are famous words. But what do they teach us about how we address God?
  • #47: Hallowed by your name Many people over the years have prayed these words without really thinking about what they mean. I always used to find these words puzzling. Here the catechism helps us understand what it means to pray these words.
  • #48: Your Kingdom come What does it mean to pray, ‘your kingdom come’? The kingdom of God means something particular in the Bible!
  • #49: Your will be done What does it mean to pray, ‘your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’? And does that mean that God’s will is not done usually?
  • #50: Give us our daily bread What does it mean to pray ‘Give us our daily bread’ – particular in the 21st century? Does God care about our physical needs as much as our spiritual?
  • #51: Forgive us our sins Forgiveness is at the heart of the Christian faith, so it’s no surprise to see forgiveness in the Lord’s Prayer. But why does Jesus include forgiving others as well?
  • #52: Lead us not into temptation In this final part of the catechism, we think about what it means to ask God not to lead us into temptation. And what does “Amen” mean, anyway?
  • Total: 20 sessions.
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