Small Town Theologian with Jonathan Shirk

Hosted ByJonathan Shirk

Allowing the Biblical truths of the Heidelberg Catechism to shape our theology and Christian living.

STT 082 – Your Baptism Didn’t Save You, but It Should Greatly Comfort You (HC LD 27, QA 72-74)

The ecumenical creeds and Reformed catechisms greatly help us understand how to think about the Bible. They were not created or accepted by one person but rather by many discerning Christians. Millions of Christians through the centuries have confessed them. If we act like we’re the first ones to read the Bible, we’ll fall into many errors. Baptismal regeneration is one of those errors which the Reformed confessions and catechisms clarify. Tune in to think carefully about the comfort of your baptism.

To learn more about the sacraments and how to benefit from them, check out these GREAT resources: Heidelberg Catechism 65-82; Westminster Shorter Catechism 88-97 and Westminster Larger Catechism 161-177; Belgic Confession articles 33-35. Also, you may be interested in The Book of Praise: Anglo Genevan Psalter from the Canadian Reformed Church. Perhaps this will interest you for family worship.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR FAMILY WORSHIP: (1) Why are creeds (incl. catechisms and confessions) inevitable and necessary? (2) Why are “No creed by Christ” and “No creed but the Bible” bad creeds? (3) Does the idea of baptismal regeneration provide true and lasting comfort? (4) How does it glorify God that the blood and Spirit of Jesus alone cleanse us from our sins?