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Covenant Children Are Included in the Church

LD 27: Covenant Children Are Included in the Church  by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Ephesians 6: 1 – 9 The Reformed Church believes that children of covenant parents belong to the Christian Church. This is one of the reasons for the practice of infant baptism in the Reformed Church. The meaning of this is not…

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Understanding the Unity of the Covenant

LD 27: Understanding the Unity of the Covenant by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Ephesians 2: 11 – 22 Some reject the practice of infant baptism. They say that scripture speaks of two covenants, one in the days of the Old Testament with the Jews, and another in the New Testament age with the Gentiles. So…

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The Baptism of Covenant Infants

LD 27: The Baptism of Covenant Infants by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Acts 10:34 – 48 Our Lord Jesus considered covenant children to be the children of God. Therefore He took them into His arms and blessed them. He even made them examples of the child-like faith that is necessary for entrance into the kingdom….

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Infant Baptism

LD 27: Infant Baptism by Rev Arie den Hartog Read Acts 2: 39 – 47 The Reformed Church practices infant baptism. Since the time of the Reformation, there has been considerable dispute concerning this practice. At the time of the Reformation, a group arose called the Anabaptists who denied baptism for all infants.  They insisted that…

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The Blood of Jesus Christ Alone Cleanses us From All Sin

LD 27: The Blood of Jesus Christ Alone Cleanses us From All Sin  by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: I John 1 The opening question and answer of Lord’s Day 27 addresses the main error of the church of Rome with regard to its teaching about baptism. It also teaches us how serious this error really…

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The Blood of Jesus Christ Alone Cleanses us From All Sin

LD 27: The Blood of Jesus Christ Alone Cleanses us From All Sin  by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: I John 1 The opening question and answer of Lord’s Day 27 addresses the main error of the church of Rome with regard to its teaching about baptism. It also teaches us how serious this error really…

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The Sign and Reality of Baptism

LD 27: The Sign and Reality of Baptism by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Romans 4:1 – 12 The sacraments are visible signs and seals of the invisible grace of God to us in Christ Jesus. The sign does not by some mysterious change become the reality. It always remains only a sign. However, those who…

Lord’s Day 27

Lord’s Day 27 Heidelberg Catechism The Second Part –Of Man’s Deliverance – Of Holy Baptism Question 72 Is then the external baptism with water the washing away of sin itself? Answer Not at all; for the blood of Jesus Christ only, and the Holy Ghost, cleanse us from all sin.   Question 73 Why then…

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Baptism Unto A New, Holy and Unblamable Life

LD 26: Baptism Unto A New,  Holy and Unblamable Life by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Romans 6: 1 – 13 One of the many facets of the meaning of our baptism is that we are by the grace and Spirit of Christ baptized unto a new and holy life. This is the teaching of the…

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Baptism Has an Even Richer Meaning

LD 26: Baptism Has an Even Richer Meaning by Rev Arie den Hartog Read Romans 6: 1 – 6 From question and answer 70 of the Heidelberg Catechism we can learn what scripture teaches about the rich meaning of our baptism. It would be good if you could read this question and answer again before you…