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Hebrews 1:1-4

Faith & The Sacraments

OUTLINE:
Grace …
I. Faith
A. Salvation
1. God’s Gift
2. Spirit & Word
B. Signified
1. Christ Alone
2. Reinforced
II. In Focus
A. Two Sacraments
1. Old Covenant Origins
2. New Covenant Ordinances
B. For Inspiration
1. Baptism
2. Lord’s Supper
… and a means of growth.

Heidelberg Catechism
Lord’s Day 25
65. Q. Since faith alone makes us share in Christ and all His
benefits, where does this faith come from?

A. From the Holy Spirit, who works it in our hearts by the
preaching of the gospel,
and strengthens it by the use of the sacraments.
66. Q. What are the sacraments?
A. The sacraments are holy, visible signs and seals.
They were instituted by God so that by their use He might the
more fully declare and seal to us
the promise of the gospel.
And this is the promise: that God graciously grants us forgiveness
of sins and everlasting life
because of the one sacrifice of Christ accomplished on the
cross.
67. Q. Are both the Word and the sacraments intended to focus
our faith
on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as the only ground of
our salvation?

A. Yes, indeed. The Holy Spirit teaches us in the gospel and
assures us by the sacraments
that our entire salvation rests on Christ’s one sacrifice for us on
the cross.
68. Q. How many sacraments has Christ instituted in the new
covenant?

A. Two: holy baptism and the holy supper.