Sermon Archives: Catechism Sermons 2015

These are the 2015 sermons following the topics of the Heidelberg Catechism.

A Response to Repentance (Heidelberg Catechism QA 88-91, Haggai 1:1-15)

Dec 30, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 88-91 Scripture: Haggai 1:1-15 Preacher: Rev. Robert Godfrey Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 88 Q. What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion? A. Two things: the dying-away of the old self, and the rising-to-life of the new. Q & A 89 Q. What is the dying-away of the old self? […]

Eating and Drinking Worthily (Heidelberg Catechism QA 81, 82, 85; 1 Cor 11:17-34)

Dec 23, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 81, 82, and 85 Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Dividing, Not Discerning 17-22 II. A Sacred Supper of Salvation 23-26 III. Eating Unworthily 27 VI. Examine Yourself 28 V. Discerning the Body Rightly 29-34 Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 81 Q. Who should […]

“Christ” Our Prophet, Priest, and King (Heidelberg Catechism QA 31-32, Deu 18:15-19, Psa 110, Heb 1:1-4)

Dec 16, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 31-32 Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-19, Psalm 110, Hebrews 1:1-4 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Christ’s Anointing II. Christians’s Anointing Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 31 Q. Why is he called “Christ,” meaning “anointed”? A. Because he has been ordained by God the Father and has been anointed with […]

The Savior of the Redeemed (Heidelberg Catechism QA 29-30, Psalms 107:1-8)

Dec 10, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 29-30 Scripture: Psalms 107:1-8 Preacher: Rev. Tony Garbarino Sermon Outline Introduction, I. The Recounting of the Redeemed II. The Response of the Redeemed III. The Rejoicing of the Redeemed Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 29 Q. Why is the Son of God called “Jesus,” meaning “savior”? A. Because he saves […]

The Comfort of: His Control of Circumstances and His Conforming Us to Christ (Heidelberg Catechism QA 27-28, Rom 8:18-39)

Dec 2, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 27-28 Scripture: Romans 8:18-39 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Providence II. How does knowing this help us? Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 27 Q. What do you understand by the providence of God? A. The almighty and ever present power of God by which God upholds, as […]

God, the Father of All Comforts (Heidelberg Catechism QA 26; Gen 1:1, Rom 8:28, 2 Cor 1:3-4, Gal 4:1-7, Rev 4:8-11)

Nov 26, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 26 Scripture: Genesis 1:1, Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Galatians 4:1-7, Revelation 4:8-11 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Creator II. Controller III. Comforter Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 26 Q. What do you believe when you say, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven […]

The Church’s Communion with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Heidelberg Catechism QA 24-25; John 17:20-23; Eph 2:14-19, 22; Heb 7:23-27)

Nov 19, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 24-25 Scripture: John 17:20-23; Ephesians 2:14-19, 22; Hebrews 7:23-27 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Son’s Communion with the Father II. Christ Restores Communion III. Flesh and Blood IV. The Holy Spirit Draws into Union with Christ and the Father Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 24 Q. How […]

Saved by Faith (Heidelberg Catechism QA 20-25; Rom 4:1-5, 1 Cor 15:1-4, Tit 3:5-6)

Nov 15, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 20-25 Scripture: Romans 4:1-5, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Titus 3:5-6 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Saved by Faith II. Saved by Faith in What? III. Saved by Faith in Who? Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 20 Q. Are all people then saved through Christ just as they were […]

Meant for More (Heidelberg Catechism QA 16-19; Psalm 24; Hebrews 7:26-27; 2:14-18)

Oct 28, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 16-19 Scripture: Psalm 24; Hebrews 7:26-27; 2:14-18 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Righteousness – The Road from Creation to Glory II. Christ – Entered Creation and Fall to Raise Us to Glory III. Christ – Our High Priest and Mediator IV. The Scriptures and Their Self-Authenticating Story of […]

Where Justice and Mercy Meet (Heidelberg Catechism QA 9-11; Romans 3:9-26)

Oct 14, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 9-11 Scripture: Romans 3:9-26 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Is God Unjust? II. Do Some Get Away with Sin? III. Where’s Mercy ? Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 9 Q. But doesn’t God do us an injustice by requiring in his law what we are unable to […]

Your Heart – Fallen, Sinful, Wicked, Perverse, Poisoned, Corrupt, What Happened? (Heidelberg Catechism QA 6-8; Gen 3:6-7; Job 14:1-4; Ps 51:5; Rom 5:12; John 3:3-6; Eph 2:1-6; Tit 3:4-7)

Oct 9, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 6-8 Scripture: Genesis 3:6-7; Job 14:1-4; Psalms 51:5; Romans 5:12; John 3:3-6; Ephesians 2:1-6; Titus 3:4-7 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. God’s Fault? II. Parent’s Fault? III. My Fault IV. A New Nature Needed Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 6 Q. Did God create people so wicked […]

Real, True, Deep Down Comfort (Heidelberg Catechism QA 1-2; Isa 40:1, 51:12; Rom 8:28-35a; 1 Cor 6:19-20; 2 Cor 5:14-15; 1 Pet 1:18-19)

Sep 23, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 1-2 Scripture: Isaiah 40:1, 51:12; Romans 8:28-35a; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter 1:18-19 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Comfort II. Christ III. Control IV. Confidence V. Commitment Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 1 Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death? […]

Trick or True? (Heidelberg Catechism QA 88-91, Proverbs 1:1-2:7)

Sep 16, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 88-91 Scripture: Proverbs 1:1-2:7 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Fear of God II. Father’s Instruction – the channel III. Fork in the Road 1:10, 20 IV. Two “ifs” (spiral of reproof/storm of refusal) V. Finding True Gold 2:1-7 – the source Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 88 […]

Where Does Your Gospel Go? (Belgic Confession, Article 28; Hebrews 10)

Sep 9, 2015

Confession: Belgic Confession, Article 28 Scripture: Hebrews 10 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. John 4 II. Hebrews 10 – The Golden Chain of Worship III. Old to New Covenant IV. Drawing Near – Heaven on Earth V. The Gospel Goal – Assembled in Heaven Conclusion Belgic Confession, Article 28 We believe, since […]

What to Do on Sunday (Heidelberg Catechism QA 103, Hebrews 3:12-4:16)

Sep 2, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 103 Scripture: Hebrews 3:12-4:16 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. The Four Rests II. 7th Day to 1st Day and the Church’s Union with the Risen Christ III. What to Do on Sunday 1. Corporate Worship 2. Private Worship 3. Rest & Refreshment of Soul and Body 4. Show […]

Entering Christ’s Resurrection Rest (Heidelberg Catechism QA 103, Hebrews 3:12-4:16)

Aug 28, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 103 Scripture: Hebrews 3:12-4:16 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Creation and Rest II. Old Covenant and Rest A. Moses/Joshua B.David III. New Covenant and Rest Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism QA 103 Q. What is God’s will for you in the fourth commandment? A. First, that the gospel ministry and […]

God’s Worship Assembly, Heidelberg Catechism QA 103, Hebrews 12:18-25

Aug 5, 2015

God’s Worship Assembly Confession: Heidelberg Catechism QA 103 Scripture: Hebrews 12:18-25 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Assembly at Sinai II. Assemblies in the Land III. Our Assembly in the Heavenly Mt. Zion Conclusion Heidelberg Catechism QA 103 Q. What is God’s will for you in the fourth commandment? A. First, that the […]

Sovereignty and Graciousness: “He Spoke Kindly” (Canons of Dort: First Head Article 18, Genesis 37:3-8, 50:15-21)

Jul 29, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort: First Head Article 18 Scripture: Genesis 37:3-8; 50:15-21 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. The Place of God II. The Plan of God III. The Peace of God Conclusion Canons of Dort: First Head Article 18. To those who murmur at the free grace of election and the just […]

Perseverance unto Assurance (Canons of Dort: Fifth Head Art. 9-12, Par. 7; John 8:31-32, 10:24-30; 1 Cor 15:8-11; Phil 2:12-16; Heb 3:12-14)

Jul 22, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort Article 9-12, Rejection of Errors Paragraph 7 Scripture: John 8:31-32, 10:24-30; 1 Corinthians 15:8-11; Philippians 2:12-16; Hebrews 3:12-14 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Perseverance is Worked Out in Love and Holiness II. Perseverance is unto the Assurance of Faith III. Perseverance Stands the Test Conclusion Canons of Dort: […]

Perseverance of the Saints (Canons of Dort Fifth Head Articles 1, 2, 8, 9; John 6:38-40, Romans 8:28-30, Hebrews 3:12-14, 1 John 2:19)

Jul 15, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort Fifth Head Articles 1, 2, 8, 9 Scripture: John 6:38-40, Romans 8:28-30, Hebrews 3:12-14, 1 John 2:19 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. The Golden Chain II. The Silver Chain III. The Broken Chain? Conclusion Canons of Dort Fifth Head Article 1. Those whom God, according to His purpose, […]

An Open Heart (Canons of Dort Third and Fourth Head Article 8-13, Acts 16:6-15)

Jul 9, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort Article 8-13 Scripture: Acts 16:6-15   Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Two Views II. Why was Paul’s Gospel Received? III. What were “the things” spoken by Paul? IV. Why Important? Conclusion   Third and Fourth Head: Article 8. As many as are called by the gospel are unfeignedly called. For God has […]

The Spirit’s Sovereign Intervention (Canons of Dort Article 11-12; 2 Timothy 1:8-9, 2:24-26)

Jun 18, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort Article 11-12 Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:8-9, 2:24-26 Sermon Outline Introduction, I. The Father’s Call II. The Spirit’s Irresistible Grace III. The Sinner’s Living Response of Faith and Repentance Conclusion Sermon Video https://youtu.be/jCcQtL37ENM Canons of Dort Second Head: Article 11. But when God accomplishes His good pleasure in the elect, or works […]

The New Covenant Meal of Communion and Ratification (Canons of Dort: Second Head Article 9, Paragraph 1; John 1:9-14, 3:16-19)

Jun 11, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort: Second Head Article 9, Paragraph 1 Scripture: John 1:9-14, 3:16-19 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. The Problem II. The Problem with the Problem III. Another Perspective IV. The End Point? Conclusion Sermon Video https://youtu.be/BK8KEoh8bJA Canons of Dort Second Head: Article 9. This purpose, proceeding from everlasting love towards […]

A Personally Powerful Atonement (Canons of Dort: Second Head, Article 8; Romans 8:28-34)

Jun 5, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort Article 8 Scripture: Romans 8:28-34 Sermon Outline Introduction, I. For the Many: Isaiah 53:11-13; Matthew 20:28, 26:28 II. His People: Matthew 1:21, Titus 2:14, Revelation 6:9-10 III. His Sheep: John 10:11, 15, 26 IV. His Church: Acts 20:28, Ephesians 5:25 V. Unity between the Father and the Son: Ephesians: 1:4, John […]

The Atonement: Potent or Potential? (Canons of Dort 2nd Head Article 1,2,8; Isa 53:4-5; Rom 5:8-11; 2 Cor 5:18-21; Gal 3:10-13; 1 Pet 1:18-19, 2:24, 3:18)

May 20, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort 2nd Head Article 1,2,8 Scripture: Isaiah 53:4-5; Romans 5:8-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Galatians 3:10-13; 1 Peter 1:18-19, 2:24, 3:18 Sermon Outline Introduction, I. What is Atonement? II. Its Powerful Accomplishment III. Its Substitutionary Character Conclusion Sermon Video https://youtu.be/jhR7EHYCp80 Canons of Dort Second Head Article 1: The Punishment Which God’s Justice Requires […]

Elect before Time (Canons of Dort 1st Head Article 7, Isaiah 46:9-11, John 6:37-39, Acts 13:46-48, Ephesians 1:3-6)

May 9, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort 1st Head Article 7 Scripture: Isaiah 46:9-11, John 6:37-39, Acts 13:46-48, Ephesians 1:3-6 Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Ephesians 1:3-6 II. Isaiah 46:9-11 III. John 6:37-39 IV. Acts 13:46-48 Conclusion Sermon Video https://youtu.be/FgiPiwIAV_8 Canons of Dort First Head Article 7: Election Election is God’s unchangeable purpose by which he did the following: […]

Free Will a Slave; Canons of Dort 3rd Head Article 3; Rejection of Errors Paragraph 3, 9; Proverbs 20:9; Jeremiah 13:23, 17:5,9; Mark 7:21-23; John 3:19-20; Romans 3:10-12, 8:7; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 4:18

Apr 30, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort 3rd Head Article 3, Rejection of Errors Paragraph 3, 9 Scripture: Proverbs 20:9; Jeremiah 13:23, 17:5,9; Mark 7:21-23; John 3:19-20; Romans 3:10-12, 8:7; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 4:18 Being unoriginal I have simply copied the title from one of Spurgeon’s sermons. It might seem that “free will” is one of the […]

Totaled (Canons of Dort 1,3,5,11; John 3)

Apr 23, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort 1,3,5,11 Scripture: John 3 The Canons of Dort were developed in five heads to respond to the Arminian challenges of the 17th century. The third Canon dealt with Total Depravity which was later placed first in the famous acrostic TULIP. We tend to view human nature on a continuum of good […]

The Soul of Sovereign Grace (Canons of Dort 1-6, 14; Isaiah 6:1-10, John 12:37-43)

Apr 16, 2015

Confession: Canons of Dort 1-6, 14 Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-10, John 12:37-43 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Perhaps the simplest statement of it is the best: that it lies in a profound apprehension of God in His majesty, with the inevitably accompanying poignant realization of the exact nature of the relation sustained to Him by […]

From Divorced and Desolate to Married and Many (Romans 10:13-21, Isaiah 53:10-54:5)

Apr 14, 2015

Scripture: Romans 10:13-21, Isaiah 53:10-54:5 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Many Sons II. More Space III. Memories Shredded IV. Maker is Savior Good News! Web Site – http://www.fresnourc.com Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/fresnourc YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/fresnocurc iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/covenant-urcs/id373736493?mt=2

Resurrection Spoils of War (Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 45, Isaiah 53:10-12)

Apr 9, 2015

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 45 Scripture: Isaiah 53:10-12 Sermon Outline Introduction I. The Battle Plan II. The Victorious Flight III. The Dividing of Spoils IV. The Victory Shout Conclusion

The Fiery Finish of the Cosmos (Belgic Confession Article 37, 2 Peter 3:1-18)

Apr 7, 2015

Confession: Belgic Confession Article 37 Scripture: Peter 3:1-18 Sermon Outline Introduction, I. Preaching (2, 9) II. Purity (11) III. Peace (14) IV. Priorities (15-18) Conclusion

Kingdom in a Cocoon (Belgic Confession Article 36, 1 Peter 2:1-17)

Mar 26, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. The Church is an Heavenly Sacred Nation, II. The State is an Earthly Profane Nation, III. Christians Serve in Both Realms, Conclusion

Covenant Meal of Communion and Ratification (Belgic Confession Article 35; Exodus 24:1-11, Matthew 26:17-29)

Mar 20, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. Passover to Lord's Supper to Marriage Supper of the Lamb, II. Covenant Meal of Ratification, Conclusion, 1. Communion in Unity, 2. Communion in Faith

The Biblical Basis for Baby Baptism (Belgic Confession Article 34; Genesis 17:1-8, Isaiah 59:20-21, Acts 2:38-39, Romans 4:9-13)

Mar 15, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. God has established His covenant households through the Bible, II. God's covenant dealings continue to follow a household pattern, III. God's covenant is confirmed through covenant faithfulness, Conclusion

Signs and Seals of the Covenant (Belgic Confession Article 33; Hebrews 6:13-20, Genesis 15)

Mar 8, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. Visible Sign and Seal, II. Invisible Grace Signified and Sealed, III. Sacramental Union between Sign and Thing Signified, IV. The Sacramental Union as Means to Communion with Christ, Conclusion

The Keys of the Kingdom – Part 2: The Turning of the Keys (Belgic Confession Article 32, Heidelberg Catechism QA 83-85, John 20:19-23, Matthew 18:15-20)

Mar 1, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction; I. Review; II. Taking Up the Cross; III. Apostle to Elders; IV. Sacraments Identify the Visible Church; V. How, Who, Why the Turning of the Keys?; VI. The Gospel Community; Conclusion

The Keys of the Kingdom – Part 1 (Belgic Confession Article 32, Matthew 16:13-26)

Feb 22, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. The Confession of the King, II. The Church of the King, III. The Keys of the King, IV. The Cross of the King, Conclusion

Election to and Esteem of the Offices (Belgic Confession Article 31; Acts 6:1-7, 14:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14)

Feb 22, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. Election of the Office, II. Esteem of the Office, Conclusion

Officers and Order in the Church (Belgic Confession Article 30, 1 Timothy 2:8-3:13)

Feb 15, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. Officers, II. Outcome, III. Ornaments, Conclusion

The Three Marks of the Church (Belgic Confession Article 29; 2 Timothy 4:1-5, 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, Matthew 18:15-18)

Feb 1, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. The Faithful Preaching of the Word, II. The Proper Administration of the Sacraments, III. The Excercice of Church Discipline, Conclusion

Christ's Church (Belgic Confession Article 27-28; Matthew 16:13-20; Ephesians 2:18-2; 2 Timothy 2:20-21; 1 Peter 1:22-2:12)

Jan 25, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. Covenant Lord, II. Covenant Community, III. Covenant Bond, Conclusion

The City of this World (Belgic Confession Articles 25-26, Hebrews 13:1-16)

Jan 18, 2015

In the conclusion of Hebrews, we receive a tale of two cities.

Seek First the Kingdom of God (Heidelberg Catechism QA 49; Haggai 1:1-9, Matthew 6:19-33, Mark 1:15)

Jan 11, 2015

Sermon Outline – Introduction, I. What is the Kingdom of God? II. How is the Kingdom of God recieved? rejected? III. How treasured? 1. What do you seek? 2. What do you swing? 3. What is your sign? Conclusion