Author Archives: Neal Presa

Lord’s Day 21 (Q/A 54-56): A DIVIDED COMMUNITY, A UNITED COMMUNITY

54   Q.   What do you believe                concerning “the holy catholic church”? A.    I believe that the Son of God^1 through his Spirit and Word,^2 out of the entire human race,^3 from the beginning of the world to its end,^4 … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 20 (Q/A 53): HING, PIVOT, FULCRUM – ON THE HOLY SPIRIT

53   Q.   What do you believe                concerning “the Holy Spirit”? A.    First, that the Spirit, with the Father and the Son, is eternal God.^1 Second, that the Spirit is given also to me,^2 so that, through true faith, he … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 19 (Q/A 50-52): SUPERLATIVE OF SUPERLATIVES

50   Q.   Why the next words:                “and is seated at the right hand of God”? A.    Because Christ ascended to heaven to show there that he is head of his church,^1 the one through whom the Father rules all … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 18 (Q/A 46-49): OUR LIFELINE

46   Q.   What do you mean by saying,                “He ascended to heaven”? A.    That Christ, while his disciples watched, was taken up from the earth into heaven^1 and remains there on our behalf^2 until he comes again to judge … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 14 (Q/A 35-36): NOT FAD, NOT COOL, BUT TRUE

35   Q.   What does it mean that he “was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary”? A.    That the eternal Son of God, who is^1and remains true and eternal God,^2 took to himself, through the working … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 13 (Q/A 33-34): BEING A CHILD

33   Q.   Why is he called God’s “only begotten Son” when we also are God’s children? A.   Because Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God.^1 We, however, are adopted children of God— adopted by grace through Christ.^2 ^1 … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 12 (Q/A 31-32): ELECTIONS

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 Holy Spirit^1 to be our chief prophet and … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 3 (Q/A 6-8): OUR COMMON LOT

6  Q. Did God create people so wicked and perverse? A. No.^1 God created them good and in his own image,^2 that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that they might truly know God their creator, love him with all their … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 2 (Q/A 3-5): MIRROR, MIRROR

3     Q.   How do you come to know your misery?        A.    The law of God tells me.^1 ^1 Rom. 3:20 4     Q.   What does God’s law require of us? A.    Christ teaches us this in summary in Matthew 22:37-40: “‘You shall … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day 1 (Q/A 1 and 2): THE HEART OF THE MATTER

1     Q.   What is your only comfort in life and in death? A.  That I am not my own,^1 but belong— body and soul, in life and in death—^2 to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.^3 He has fully paid for all my … Continue reading

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