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The Heidelberg Catechism

Lord's Day 38

 

103 Q.    What is God's will for us in the fourth commandment?

 

       A.    First,

that the gospel ministry and education for it be maintained,1

and that, especially on the festive day of rest,

I regularly attend the assembly of God's people2

to learn what God's Word teaches,3

to participate in the sacraments,4

to pray to God publicly,5

and to bring Christian offerings for the poor.6

 

Second,

that every day of my life

I rest from my evil ways,

let the Lord work in me through his Spirit,

and so begin already in this life

the eternal Sabbath.7

 

1 Deut. 6:4-9, 20-25; 1 Cor. 9:13-14; 2 Tim. 2:2; 3:13-17; Tit. 1:5

2 Deut. 12:5-12; Ps. 40:9-10; 68:26; Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:23-25

3 Rom. 10:14-17; 1 Cor. 14:31-32; 1 Tim. 4:13

4 1 Cor. 11:23-25

5 Col. 3:16; 1 Tim. 2:1

6 Ps. 50:14; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8 & 9

7 Isa. 66:23; Heb. 4:9-11

 

 

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