What is thy only comfort in life and in death?

The answer to this question has been music to the ears of Christians throughout the world for more than 400 years.  That I belong to Jesus…who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins…, who makes all things subservient to my salvation…, and who makes me sincerely willing and able to live unto Him.  That’s Lord’s Day 1.  A stirring introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism!  But, more than that, a grand theme that is woven throughout the whole of this precious creed.

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the first publication of the Heidelberg Catechism, a creed that arose out of the Protestant Reformation in Germany during the sixteenth century.  An anniversary, it is, that ought not to pass unnoticed—especially by those heirs of the Great Reformation who still today profit from Heidelberg Catechism preaching…every Sunday.

The origin of the Catechism is well known.  Elector Frederick III commissioned Zacharias Ursinus, professor at Heidelberg University, and Caspar Olevianus, the court preacher, to prepare a manual for catechetical instruction.  The fruit of their work was approved by the Elector himself and by the Synod of Heidelberg and was first published in 1563.  With its comfort motif and its warm, personal style, the Catechism soon found a place in the hearts of the people of God.

The Protestant Reformed Seminary is pleased to sponsor this special conference on the Heidelberg Catechism, commemorating its 450th ‘birthday.’

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  1. Jerome Julien Posted on June 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Do we have to sign up for the Heidelberg Conference or do we just go? We have it on our calendar to attend but want to make sure we are on the list if need be. Reita Julien

    • Scott VanPutten Posted on July 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      No need to sign up for this event, guests will be free to sit where they please.

  2. Anna Marcus Posted on June 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I was wondering if we are allowed to submit two research papers.

  3. lee finley Posted on August 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    My wife and I live in Eastern Ohio and hope to stay overnight. Have there been any arrangements been made with any hotels in the area? Also, will there be any fellowship time/meals (as was in Byron Center for the previous conferences) at Hudsonville either before or after the sessions?

    thank you

    • Hudsonville PRC Posted on August 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

      We have not made specific arrangements with any hotels in the area. However, we are meeting as a committee early next week so I will bring this up and see if there is anything we can do. There is a messiah concert that members of our churches are putting together on the evening of October 19, tickets can be purchased from their website. The link is here: http://www.prspecialneedsbenefit.com/


  4. Kara Posted on October 13, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Will any of this air online?

  5. Anita Haak Posted on October 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I “heard” on Facebook that this will be broadcast live on the internet? I would imagine this means just the speeches? If this is so, please give me the link for where to go to hear them, along with the times of the speeches. Thanks!

  6. Nancy A. Almodovar Posted on October 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    God’s providence kept us from coming. However, I did submit a paper on LD 9 & 10. Wondering when we will get to read winning papers.

    • Hudsonville PRC Posted on October 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Hopefully soon, I’m working with the writing contest committee on this. Stay tuned for details!

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