Ancient Answers, Modern Questions
The Heidelberg Catechism in the 21st Century
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Nineteen
Jeremy Mulder • September 6, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
Join us for worship at 9:30! "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world." Do you ever hear this statement of Jesus and wonder what he was talking about? How can the believer live confidently in a world filled with trouble, and what does it really mean that Jesus has overcome? Lord's Day 19 of the Heidelberg Catechism points us to Jesus position of authority and ultimate return and judgment for assurance that not only has Jesus overcome the world, but that the believer can live according to his game plan to live as overcomers even now.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Eighteen
Jeremy Mulder • August 30, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
Join us for worship at 9:30! Have you ever thought about the ascension of Jesus? The Apostles Creed says that Jesus "ascended into heaven", and we'll consider why that simple phrase might be far more important than we ever imagined.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Seventeen
Jeremy Mulder • August 23, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
Lord's Day 17 points us towards the resurrection and asks us to take a step of faith. The step of faith it requires, however, is not whether or not the resurrection happened–it's about whether or not we believe the benefits that it has for us. Namely, that the resurrection finally allows for us to be unencumbered so that we can fully engage in life.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Sixteen
Jeremy Mulder • August 16, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
The impact of sin is separation–separation from one another, and separation from God–ultimately experienced in the separation of soul from body in death. During his life and death, Jesus experiences this separation on our behalf so that we never have to worry about being separated from God again.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Fourteen
Jeremy Mulder • July 26, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
We celebrate the birth of Jesus so often that we end up missing the greatest miracle in Scripture–that the Son of God took on flesh in the person of Jesus. So what do we believe about this birth? Does it really matter that Mary was a virgin? Only if Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit can we trust that, unlike us, he is truly sinless–and only if he is sinless can he mediate on our behalf and change our condition of sin.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Thirteen
Jeremy Mulder • July 19, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
What does it mean that Jesus is God's "only Son"? And if Jesus is our brother, how does that benefit us? The Catechism continues to talk about our positional status in the kingdom of God: that because Jesus traded in his position for ours, we can trade in our position for his.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Nine
Jeremy Mulder • June 14, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
A key difference of the Christian faith is that because of Jesus, we are able to call the God who created the universe "Father". If someone asked you what that meant, how would you answer? What difference does it make that we see God as a personal, relational being who desires to do good for his people? And specifically, what difference does it make when the world is experiencing the two crisis' of a pandemic and systemic racism? Those are some of the questions we'll explore in this sermon.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Eight
Jeremy Mulder • September 1, 2019 • Jeremy Mulder
If we want to know anything about God, it must be revealed to us. If we want to know the good news of Christianity, we must know the God that is revealed in the Scripture. The God of the Bible is described as one being eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Getting that right is the key to understanding why the good news is so good.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Seven
Jeremy Mulder • August 18, 2019 • Jeremy Mulder
Lord's Day 07 expands on the idea of faith: what is it, and why is it necessary? The catechism acknowledges that faith requires true knowledge–that is, the content of what we believe matter–and it requires the conviction that it applies to us. So how do we know? Thankfully, we stand in line with a long history of faithful believers who have come to a consensus on what Scripture teaches us about what we believe.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Six
Jeremy Mulder • August 4, 2019 • Jeremy Mulder
Lord's Day 06 describes for us the type of deliverer we should be looking for: one who is a righteous human, but also truly God. The deliverer must share in our substance but not our condition. He must also be truly God so that he can offer eternal forgiveness. The audacious claim of Christianity is that Jesus was this God-Man.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Five
Jeremy Mulder • July 21, 2019 • Jeremy Mulder
The reason we believe we can pay off our debt to God is because we have difficulty comprehending eternity. We think that we can satisfy eternal justice on our own, or at least some other part of the creation can do it for us. The deliverer we should be looking for will be a human, but must also be God.