This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. More than simply interesting history, the Reformed teachings regarding sovereign grace are as relevant today as they were when Luther penned his 95 theses. The Reformed Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, is among the finest, universal and easily accessible expressions of trust in the finished work of Christ!
The Heidelberg, like most catechisms written during the Reformation, frames its Biblical teaching around the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer. This is, Tim Keller explains, “a perfect balance of biblical theology, practical ethics, and spiritual experience” that “sets forth a comprehensive exposition of the gospel,” that forms “a distinct people” who reflect the likeness of Christ (The New City Catechism Devotional, 8-9). So far, we have grounded ourselves in biblical theology (Lord’s Days 1-34). Now we are called to apply these great doctrines into practical ethics and Christian spiritual experience (Lord’s Days 34-52).
The devotional for this week, August 20-26, focuses on the Third Commandment as taught in Lord’s Days 36-37. The devotional includes seven opportunities for personal reflection, one for each day of the week. I pray you will enjoy this tool for understanding, growth and obedience in the gospel of Jesus Christ.