Thursday, December 06, 2007

Heidelberg Catechism: Lord's Day 9

Q26: What do you believe when you say: "I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth"?

A26: That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who of nothing made heaven and earth with all that in them is,[1] who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence,[2] is for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father,[3] in whom I so trust as to have no doubt that He will provide me with all things necessary for body and soul;[4] and further, that whatever evil He sends upon me in this troubled life, He will turn to my good;[5] for He is able to do it, being Almighty God,[6] and willing also, being a faithful Father.[7]

1. Gen 1:31; Psa 33:6; Col 1:16; Heb 11:3

2. Psa 104:2-5; Psa 115:3; Mat 10:30; Heb 1:3; Acts 17:24-25

3. John 1:12; Rom 8:15; Gal 4:5-7; Eph 1:5; 3:14-16; Mat 6:8

4. Psa 55:22; Psa 90:1-2; Mat 6:25-26; Luke 12:22-24

5. Rom 8:28; Acts 17:27-28

6. Rom 10:12 7. Mat 7:9-11; Num 23:19

DF questions:

a) Some people say that because the world appears to be very old, it must have evolved over millions of years. Read John 2:6-10; Matthew 14:19-21. How do these miracles show us that God can make things as if they had aged? If a mountain appears to be 30 million years old, does it actually have to be 30 million years old?

b) Some people say that man has evolved from monkeys. How does Genesis 2:7 refute this?

c) How does Genesis 3:19 show us that Genesis 2:7 is not talking about an evolutionary process?

d) How does 1 Tim 2:13 disprove evolution?

e) How does Romans 5:12-19 support the belief that Adam was a real man, and was the first man? Why is this important?

f) Read HC answer 26 again. What practical applications come from the doctrine of creation?