More Summer Reading (for all Seasons)
Last Spring I was re-introduced to the Heidelberg Catechism, the 1563 German confession of faith, a team effort headed up by Zacharias Ursinus that covers the essentials of the Apostle’s Creed, The Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments. It was structured to allow for a year’s worth of preaching and teaching on each Lord’s Day. I have also been reading through Kevin DeYoung’s reflection on the catechism “The Good News We Almost Forgot” (Moody, 2010) – a new and well written commentary on it. What distinguishes the Heidelberg is the personal, first person responses used that make it an individual and congregational confession.
For example # 57:
“Q. How does the article
concerning “life everlasting”
A. Even as I already now experience in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, so after this life I will have perfect blessedness such as no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no human heart has ever imagined: a blessedness in which to praise God eternally.”
Yes, I still disagree with question # 73 regarding baptism, but I find this a very beautiful and well-worded confession of faith that is worth incorporating for teaching and preaching especially for those who want to re-claim a historical understanding of the church’s hope in our “confession-less” age.