Monthly Archives: November 2013

What is the Church?

48) What is the church? God chooses and preserves for Himself a community elected for eternal life and united by faith, who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together. God sends out this community to proclaim the gospel and … Continue reading

Posted in Catechism, The Church | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Talking to God

Matthew 6:5-8 Prayer is many different things to different people. It varies from one religion to another: the compulsory “five times a day” for the Muslim (with set times and prescribed actions), the prayer wheel of the Buddhist, and so … Continue reading

Posted in Themes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why do we observe the Lord’s supper?

47) Does the Lord’s Supper add anything to Christ’s atoning work? No, Christ died once for all. The Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal celebrating Christ’s atoning work; as it is also a means of strengthening our faith as we … Continue reading

Posted in Catechism | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Love your neighbour”

If an unbeliever is asked to sum up Christianity in a sentence, this is probably what they will come out with. And it isn’t exactly wrong; but it isn’t totally right either. Firstly, it’s incomplete. The full quotation  (from Jesus’ … Continue reading

Posted in For non-believers | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What is the Lord’s Supper?

46) What is the Lord’s Supper? Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of him and his death. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the presence of God in our … Continue reading

Posted in Catechism | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tales of the Unexpected: Beware of the women!

(Judges 4 & 5) Deborah is unique among the judges – the only woman. She is also unusual (although not unique) in being a prophetess: God’s mouthpiece in her generation. She is therefore a key person in our understanding of … Continue reading

Posted in People, Tales of the Unexpected (Judges) | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What does baptism achieve?

45) Is baptism with water the washing away of sin itself? No, only the blood of Christ and the renewal of the Holy Spirit can cleanse us from sin. “Very truly I tell you, no-one can enter the Kingdom of … Continue reading

Posted in Catechism | Tagged , , | Leave a comment