The Good News we Almost Forgot
Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism
If there is “nothing new under the sun” then perhaps the main task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or be relevant, but to remember. The truth of the gospel is still contained within vintage faith statements. Within creeds and catechisms we can have our faith strengthened, our knowledge broadened, and our love for Jesus deepened.
In The Good News We Almost Forgot, Kevin DeYoung explores the Heidelberg Catechism and writes 52 brief chapters on what he has learned from it. The Heidelberg is largely a commentary on the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer and the book deals with man’s guilt, God’s grace, and believers’ gratitude. The result is a clear-headed, warm-hearted exploration of the faith, simple enough for young believers and deep enough for mature believers.
As DeYoung writes, “The gospel summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism is glorious, it’s Christ gracious, it’s comfort rich, it’s Spirit strong, it’s God Sovereign, and it’s truth timeless.”
Come and see how your soul can be warmed by the elegantly and logically laid out doctrine that matters most: We are great sinners and Christ is a greater Savior!
About the Author
Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He serves as a council member at the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He is assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including Just Do Something; Crazy Busy; and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.
Introduction: Hide and Seek and the Heidelberg
- Comfort, Comfort My People, Says Your God
- Misery Loves Company
- It’s Really that Bad
- We Love Justice, and So Does God
- Yet Not Two, but One
- The Substitute Who Satisfies
- True Faith
- The Most Important Doctrine you Never Think About
- Your Father is God
- All Things Come from His Hand
- What’s in a Name?
- The Christened One
- His Son and Our Lord
- Vital Virginity
- A Suffering Servant for the Sheep
- Death and Hell
- The Resurrection’s Relevance
- The Forgotten Ending
- Return of the King
- The Divine, Comforting, Always and Forever Holy Spirit
- Church of the Reckoned Righteous
- Better than the Day Before
- The Granddaddy of Them All
- Achieving Low Self-Esteem
- Visible Signs of Invisible Grace
- Clean! Clean!
- Vivacious Baby Baptizing
- “As Surely”
- A Real Presence?
- The Lord’s Supper and the Mass: How Wide the Divide?
- The Keys of the Kingdom
- Shall We Sin that Grace may Abound?
- Dying Away and Coming to Life
- Delighting in the Law and in the Lord
- A Picture is not Always Worth a Thousand Words
- Out of the Heart the Mouth Speaks
- Are Oaths Always Wrong?
- A Festive Day of Rest
- Coming of Age and Respecting Authority
- Getting Away with Murder
- Swords for the Fight Against Lust
- Justice and Generosity
- It Hurts so Good
- Covetous or Content?
- The Why, How, What of Prayer
- The Indispensable Fatherhood of God
- First Things First
- The Kingdom and the King
- Willing and Walking
- Prayerlessness Is Unbelief
- Getting it and Giving it Away
- “This is Sure to Be!”
Epilogue: The Crust and the Core
Appendix: Does the Heidelberg Catechism Forbid Homosexual Behavior?