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What Do You Believe About Church?

Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A #54

1. What do you believe concerning the holy catholic Christian church?

2. I believe that the Son of God,[1] out of the whole human race,[2] from the beginning of the world to its end,[3] gathers, defends, and preserves for himself, [4] by his Spirit and Word,[5] in the unity of the true faith,[6] a church chosen to everlasting life.[7] And I believe that I am [8] and forever shall remain a living member of it.[9]

[1] John 10:11; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-13; Colossians 1:18.
[2] Genesis 26:4; Revelation 5:9.
[3] Isaiah 59:21; I Corinthians 11:26.
[4] Psalm 129:1-5; Matthew 16:18; John 10:28-30.
[5] Romans 1:16; 10:14-17; Ephesians 5:26.
[6] Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:1-6.
[7] Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:3-14.
[8] I John 3:14, 19-21.
[9] Psalm 23:6; John 10:27, 28; I Corinthians 1:4-9; I Peter 1:3-5.

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