In this lesson, Pastor Nate Harlan and the attendees of this Trinity Evangelical Church family study look at the doctrine of federal headship, a doctrine spoken about in Romans 5, especialy verse 15: “For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.”
This week, Pastor Nate Harlan and the family study discuss Question 7 of the Heidelberg Catechism: “From where, then, did man’s depraved nature come?”
We review Question 6 of the Heidelberg Catechism: “Did God then create man so wicked and perverse?” We consider how something created as good could become corrupt.
After finishing up Question 4 of the Heidelberg Catechism, Pastor Nate Harlan brings us to Question 5:
“Canst thou keep all this (the law of God) perfectly? No: for I am by nature prone to hate God and my neighbor.”
In order to find comfort in this world, we need first to be honest about our sin and misery. Pastor Nate Harlan leads us through the next few questions of the Heidelberg Catechism in which we contrast our felt needs with our true needs as explained by Scripture.
How may we live and die happily? The Heidelberg Catechism gives a three-fold answer: Know your great sin, know who delivers you from that sin, and know how to express your gratitude to God for your deliverance. Pastor Nate Harlan leads us through this family study.
This week, Pastor Nate Harlan and the family study really do wrap up our discussion of the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism: What is your only comfort in life and death?
Despite our church’s propensity to go down any number of interesting rabbit trails during the family study, Pastor Nate Harlan says that this time we will wrap up Question 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism.
NARRATOR: They did not wrap up Question 1.
Pastor Nate Harlan continues our discussion centered around The Heidelberg Confession. The group talks about our comfort in life and death, and how the world’s comfort is fleeting and even non-sensical.
Pastor Nate Harlan continues our study on the Heidelberg Catechism by discussing the three parts of the catechism: The Misery of Man, The Redemption of Man, and The Gratitude Due from Man.