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It turns 450 years old today.

Here are 5 reasons to read the catechism this year.

Moody Publishers, publisher of Kevin DeYoung’s The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism, has made available Jerry Bridge’s foreword along with the introduction and first chapter by Kevin. You can download it here for free.

If you need some motivation that this is worth your time, here is some encouragement from Sinclair Ferguson:

I cannot over exaggerate how good this book is. Here is a crash course in life-changing biblical teaching, a wake-up call to the slumbering, a blood transfusion for the spiritually anemic, a solid meal for the mature—and much more: conversational, cutting where needed, gospel-filled, and clear.

The Good News We Almost Forgot has it all: honesty, truth, grace, plain-speaking, encouragement, wisdom, and hope. It may not make you wish you were Dutch—but it should certainly make you feel that being a Christian is the greatest thing in the world, today or any day!

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5 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Heidelberg Catechism”

  1. Brian says:

    That price on the WTS link has to be wrong- 6 times Amazon’s price.

  2. Kevin Ashwe says:

    My first contact with this book was through my late father.I saw him reading it and when i enquired about the book he made just one statement,’you need this book,it will answer your questions.’

  3. donsands says:

    Dear brother,

    Just wanted to drop by and share how grateful my heart is after reading your article in Table-Talk. I have been going through a bit of darkness myself, and when i read your most excellent words, I was very encouraged, and even built-up in my faith and in the truth and love of our Christ and Master, Jesus our Lord.
    thank you again.

    And I’m sure Kevin’s book is well worth having as well. Thanks for this post Justin.

    Lord bless you and I pray for you and family to have a good week in the Lord as you follow Him, and he leads you to do His will, as He fills you with His Spirit, joy and peace!

  4. Cynthia says:

    I love Spirit-infused Christian books! I create in my little art studio all day and love to take a break and read inspirational words to enhance my day. I will have my local library order the book. May order it on my Nook, if it’s not terribly expensive. Thank you~

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