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Church Doctrinal Standard & Liturgy
Examples of Misery, Deliverance, and Thankfulness

Heidelberg Catechism

Q. 2. How many things are necessary for thee to know, that thou, enjoying this comfort, mayest live and die happily?

A. Three; the first, how great my sins and miseries are; the second, how I may be delivered from all my sins and miseries; the third, how I shall express my gratitude to God for such deliverance.

Form for the Administration of the Lord's Supper

The true examination of ourselves consists of these three parts:

First. That every one consider by himself, his sins and the curse due to him for them, to the end that he may abhor and humble himself before God: considering that the wrath of God against sin is so great, that (rather than it should go unpunished) He hath punished the same in His beloved Son Jesus Christ, with the bitter and shameful death of the cross.

Secondly. That every one examine his own heart, whether he doth believe this faithful promise of God, that all his sins are forgiven him only for the sake of the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and that the perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed and freely given him as his own, yea, so perfectly, as if he had satisfied in his own person for all his sins, and fulfilled all righteousness.

Thirdly. That every one examine his own conscience, whether he purposeth henceforth to show true thankfulness to God in his whole life and to walk uprightly before Him; as also whether he hath laid aside unfeignedly all enmity, hatred, and envy, and doth firmly resolve henceforward to walk in true love and peace with his neighbor.

Form for the Consolation of the Sick

Since then the law of God requires this perfection of us, as it is written, Cursed is every one who doth not keep the whole law; as James also saith, Whosoever offendeth in one point, he is guilty of all. Again whosoever doth the law, shall live by it: But we do not keep the least commandment perfectly. As the wise man saith, When we imagine to have done we only begin (and in case we did do it, we only do our duty), wherefore we are by the law condemned in God's righteous judgment; for this we have a sure remedy and cure, namely Christ who hath redeemed us (as Paul saith) from the curse of the law, and hath satisfied the righteousness of God for us, making reconciliation; and who hath broken down the wall which was between us, namely the law, contained in ordinances, and forgiven us our sins, and torn the hand-writing of them, and nailed it to the cross: For this great love of Christ, we ought also to love Him, and to be thankful to Him, with good works, and verily to believe in Him, for the gift of these excellent benefits: For he that cometh to God, must believe that He is a rewarder of them that seek Him; for the just shall live by his faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the law; and although we suffer a little with Christ, we must not despair, for we see that Christ Himself when He was smitten for our sins, did not smite again, but suffered patiently.

  • Liturgy - The official church forms that are used for special occasions

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