The Heidelberg Catechism was written in Heidelberg in the mid 16th-century at the request of Elector Frederick III with the intention of helping the people of the Palatinate province become more aware of the teachings of the Bible and the Reformation. It was approved by the Synod of Dort in 1618-1619 and soon became the most ecumenical of the reformed catechisms and confessions. Separated into three parts—Our Sin & Misery, Our Deliverance, and Our Thankfulness—the Heidelberg is a very personal catechism, relating the doctrines of the Reformation to our souls. These three sections are further divided into 52 "Lord's Days," one for each week of the year, which ask questions concerning the faith. To read the Heidelberg Catechism for free, click here.
The aim of this course is fourfold:
Students are provided with a foundational knowledge of the Heidelberg Catechism.
Students are familiarized with the background, structure, character, and contents of the Heidelberg Catechism.
Students are urged to make the catechetical truth their own.
Students must allow these truths to mold their perspectives, to shape their conduct, to strengthen their commitment, and to direct their endeavors in all areas of life.
Using the Lesson Book, a teacher or parent introduces students to the contents of the Heidelberg Catechism and provides assignments. The two student books provide the whole of the Heidelberg Catechism, along with Scripture references, definitions of important words, "illustrations" to clarify key concepts, Scripture passages to read, and a workbook section.
This course was published in the late eighties, and its format shows it. The books have no color, and the "illustrations" (diagrams) are simple and unpolished. The content itself, however, is excellent and we can recommend it highly to teach doctrine/worldview for students in 7th grade and above.
This Teacher's Lesson Book is a companion for both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the I Belong Heidelberg Catechism study.
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