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Reflecting on Truth #48

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #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 prefigure Christ’s kingdom by the quality of their life together and their love for one another....

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Reflecting on Truth #47

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #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 look to him, and a foretaste of the future feast. But those who take part with unrepentant hearts eat a...

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Reflecting on Truth #46

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #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 midst; bringing us into communion with God and with one another; feeding and nourishing our souls. It also anticipate...

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Reflecting on Truth #45

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #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....

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Reflecting on Truth #44

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #44 What is baptism? Baptism is the washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it signifies and seals our adoption into Christ, our cleansing from sin, and our commitment to belong to the Lord and to his church....

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Reflecting on Truth #43

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #43 What are the ordinances? The ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are visible signs and seals that we are bound together as a community of faith by his death and resurrection. By our use of them the Holy Spirit more fully declares and seals the promises of the gospel to us....

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Reflecting on Truth #42

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #42 How is the Word of God to be read and heard? With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practice it in our lives....

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Reflecting on Truth #41

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #41 What is the Lord’s Prayer? Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil....

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Reflecting on Truth #40

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #40 What should we pray? The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us....

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Reflecting on Truth #39

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #39 With what attitude should we pray? With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers....

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Reflecting on Truth #38

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #38 What is prayer? Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving....

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Reflecting on Truth #37

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #37 How does the Holy Spirit help us? The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word....

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Reflecting on Truth #36

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #36 What do we believe about the Holy Spirit? That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe....

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Reflecting on Truth #35

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #35 Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from? All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself. ...

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Reflecting on Truth #34

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Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?...

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Reflecting on Truth #33

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #33 Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else? No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior....

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Reflecting on Truth #32

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #32 What do justification and sanctification mean? Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us. ...

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Reflecting on Truth #31

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What do we believe by true faith?...

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Reflecting on Truth #30

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #30 What is faith in Jesus Christ? Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel....

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Reflecting on Truth #29

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #29 How can we be saved? Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repen...

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Reflecting on Truth #28

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #28 What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith? At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from the favorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punished, forever. ...

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Reflecting on Truth #27

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #27 Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ? No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith. Nevertheless God in his mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being. ...

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Reflecting on Truth #26

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #26 What else does Christ’s death redeem? Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good....

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Reflecting on Truth #25

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #25 Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven? Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ’s righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more....

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Reflecting on Truth #24

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #24 Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die? Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and eve...

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Reflecting on Truth #23

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #23 Why must the Redeemer be truly God? That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death....

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Reflecting on Truth #22

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #22 Why must the Redeemer be truly human? That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses....

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Reflecting on Truth #21

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #21 What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? One who is truly human and also truly God....

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Reflecting on Truth #20

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #20 Who is the Redeemer? The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself....

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Reflecting on Truth #19

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #19 Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor? Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer....

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Reflecting on Truth #18

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #18 Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished? No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come. ...

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Reflecting on Truth #17

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #17 What is Idolatry? Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security....

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Reflecting on Truth #16

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #16 What is Sin? Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation....

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