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The Meaning of Our Baptism

LD 26: The Meaning of Our Baptism by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Acts 22: 1 to 16 The simple but wonderful meaning of our baptism is that it signifies and seals unto us the washing away of our sins by the blood of Jesus Christ. The expression ‘blood of Jesus’ does not mean that we…

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Baptism With the Spirit of Jesus Christ

LD 26: Baptism With the Spirit of Jesus Christ by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Matthew 3: 1 – 11 During his ministry, John the Baptist made this prophecy concerning Jesus: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to…

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Baptism in the Name of the Blessed Triune God

LD 26: Baptism in the Name of the Blessed Triune God by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Matthew 28: 16 – 20 We are struck by the fact that our Lord commanded that baptism should be done in the name of the blessed Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The only true baptism is the…

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The Baptism of Jesus and the Institution of Baptism

LD 26: The Baptism of Jesus and the Institution of Baptism by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: John 1: 29 – 34 It is amazing that Jesus Himself was also baptized. The reason for this was due to the fact that Jesus could enter into His kingdom only through the sacrifice of Himself on the cross…

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Baptism Instituted by the Lord

LD 26: Baptism Instituted by the Lord by Rev Arie den Hartog Read Matthew 28: 16 – 20. The sacraments are the precious gifts of Christ to His church. They are to be used with understanding of what they mean for the confirmation and assurance of believers and members of the church. The very fact that…

Lord’s Day 26

Lord’s Day 26 Heidelberg Catechism The Second Part –Of Man’s Deliverance – Of Holy Baptism Question 69 How art thou admonished and assured by holy baptism that the one sacrifice of Christ upon the cross is of real advantage to thee? Answer Thus: That Christ appointed this external washing with water, adding thereto this promise, that I…

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The Lord’s Purpose in the Sacraments

LD 25: The Lord’s Purpose in the Sacraments by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Hebrews 9: 23 to 28 The Heidelberg Catechism teaches us that both the preaching of the Word and the sacraments are ordained and appointed of God for the purpose of directing our faith to the sacrifice on the cross as the only…

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The Meaning of the Sacraments

LD 25: The Meaning of the Sacraments by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Acts 2: 37 to 47 The sacraments have often been misunderstood and misused. One of the reasons why the Reformation of the church was necessary was because of the abuse of the sacraments by the church of Rome. It is easy to use…

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The Sacraments as the Secondary Means of Grace

LD 25: The Sacraments as the Secondary Means of Grace by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: Romans 4: 1 to 11. The preaching of the Word is the chief means of grace. God has added to the preaching a secondary means of grace, the two sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. There is a reason…

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What is the Preaching?

LD 25: What is the Preaching? by Rev Arie den Hartog Read: I Corinthians 1: 23 to 31 We are saved by the power of God. We are saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Throughout all ages, God has sent out preachers of the gospel in order that men everywhere might be saved. The church has…