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The Communion of the Saints

LD 21: The Communion of the Saints by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Psalm 133 We are once again summoned into the classroom in order to learn more about the church of which we are members. The lesson for today is this: In that church in which we live, there is a communion or fellowship of members….

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The Holiness of the Church

 LD 21: The Holiness of the Church by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Revelation 21 The Apostles Creed puts in our mouths the confession, “I believe an holy, catholic church.” It also speaks of the church as “catholic.” Our teacher in the Heidelberg Catechism explains this to mean that the Son of God gathers his church “out…

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The Attributes of the Church

LD 21: The Attributes of the Church by Prof Herman Hanko Read: I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-14 Question and answer 54 of the Heidelberg Catechism is explaining the article in the Apostolic Confession: “I believe an holy, catholic church”. And so our teacher points us to the attributes of the church. They are three in number….

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The Gathering of the Church

LD 21: The Gathering of the Church by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Matthew 28:16-20, Matthew 16:13-19, Acts 13:1-4 Our teacher wants us to study this lesson very carefully, because many deny its truth in our day. Especially all those who have adopted Arminianism as a correct interpretation of the Bible, tell us that the church is…

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The Election of the Church

LD 21: The Election of the Church by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Ephesians 1 Question and answer 54 of the Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most beautiful lessons in the entire Catechism, which our teacher wants us to learn. It is beautiful, partly because of its terse, yet complete, summary of the teaching of Scripture…

Lord’s Day 21

Lord’s Day 21 Heidelberg Catechism The Second Part –Of Man’s Deliverance Question 54 What believest thou concerning the “holy catholic church” of Christ? Answer That the Son of God, from the beginning to the end of the world, gathers, defends, and preserves to Himself by His Spirit and Word, out of the whole human race, a church chosen to everlasting…

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The Holy Spirit, the Author of Assurance

LD 20: The Holy Spirit, the Author of Assurance by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Romans 8:1-17 The teacher who leads us to learn all these lessons we have to learn to know our only comfort wants to be sure that they are lessons in the truth that lead us to make the truth of Scripture our…

The Holy Spirit as Comforter

LD 20: The Holy Spirit as Comforter by Prof Herman Hanko Read: John 14:16, 17, 26; John 15:26; John 16:13, 14 Our teacher in Lord’s Day 20 speaks also of the Holy Spirit as our Comforter. He is reminding us of what Jesus said to his disciples, words of our Lord recorded for us in the…

United to Christ

LD 20: United to Christ by Prof Herman Hanko Read: John 14:1-10 Our teacher now turns to another element of our faith in the Holy Spirit: “Secondly, that He is also given me, to make me, by a true faith, partaker of Christ and all His benefits.” This statement is cast in the form of a…

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The Sign of a Catholic Church

 LD 20: The Sign of a Catholic Church by Prof Herman Hanko Read: Acts 2:22-36 Having instructed us in the truth of what happened on Pentecost, our teacher also wants us to know the significance of Pentecost for the believer. Our teacher becomes very personal and suddenly switches to the first personal pronoun: “He is also…