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The Brutal Truth

megaphoneIt’s a challenge to market Bible study tools. Products don’t sell themselves, and we are a business; selling things is how we pay the bills and continue to support ourselves and users. It sounds like we’re always selling, and in a way we are.

Someone could be cynical and say that we’re only encouraging people to study the Bible because we make money when they do. But we are in this business because we love making a product that serves the church while supporting our families. We really do want people to go deeper into the Bible, and we really are offering you an exceptional deal, on a fantastic product, for a limited time. It’s okay that we both win here!

“Limited time” is a tricky thing

When deciding how long to make our Logos 5 upgrade sale, we tried to think of everyone. By offering the introductory specials at the end of the year and extending them into the new year, we tried to help many of our pastors and leaders take full advantage of year-end or new-year’s book budgets. We gave plenty of notice so that those receiving cash for Christmas could plan ahead, those who wanted to put the purchase on their wish-lists could tell their loved ones, and those who needed to tighten their budgets to save up could plan ahead. Three months is actually pretty long for a “limited-time” sale, but don’t let that fool you—the sale really is over after this weekend (Monday night, Feb 4, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. PST, to be exact.)

Here’s where it gets challenging

There’s something special about a deadline’s finality that grabs people’s attention—unfortunately, too often on the wrong side of that deadline. It’s amazing how many people seem to call the week after a three-month sale to say, “Okay, you convinced me, I’ve waited three months, now I’m ready to get the deal,” only to be told they just missed out. Don’t let that be your sad story. Upgrade now before it’s too late.

Bottom line—there is no risk, just reward

If you only learn one thing about us from a customer-service standpoint, I hope it is that we have an amazingly awesome team that will bend over backwards to take care of you. We are here to serve you at every level and in every department, all the way to the top. If you ever have a situation that can’t be handled by our staff, you can go straight to our president.

Our customer service is your 100% iron-clad purchase-protection policy. Perhaps you haven’t read all the copy, watched all the videos, or learned everything there is to know about all your upgrade options—I get it, it can be overwhelming. My encouragement to you is to learn what you can, verify that the incredible deals we’re claiming to give you are true, and—if you don’t have the time or patience to do all your research right now—just jump in at the highest level you can to lock in your special discounted sale price (and the extended payment plans). Then, take your time to get familiar with the new product, texts, tools, datasets . . . at your leisure. If you decide it wasn’t the right move for you, we’ll be glad to return that upgrade and serve you with a full refund any time in the next 30 days.

We really want to serve you, even if you just want to give it a “test run” for 30 days. Remember: you can go for the biggest collection upgrade possible and still have a relatively small first-month charge on your credit card, thanks to our extended payment-plan options. Even if you decide you just want to take 30 days to see what it’s like to have the biggest and best, there’s no risk to you, and you’ll only be charged the first month’s payment. If you decide not to keep it, even that will be refunded—there is simply no risk.

Call our upgrade hotline at 1-888-875-9491 or send us an email and talk to someone about your upgrade options.

Our team is available:

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6 Reasons Logos 5 Is Awesome for Small Group Leaders

Small group“How am I going to handle this one?”

If you lead any sort of church small group or Bible study, you ask yourself this question all the time:

  • My pastor preached on gender roles—how am I going to handle this in group discussion?
  • We’re supposed to discuss some tough passages Thursday—how am I going to handle them?
  • A visitor just asked a really tough question—how am I going to handle this?

I often wonder how I’m going to handle a passage or question in my small group, but I don’t have to wonder for very long. I use Logos 5, and it really comes in handy for both preparation and small-group discussion.

Here’s 6 Things Small-Group Leaders Love about Logos 5

1. The Topic Guide is awesome.

When my pastor talks about the relationship between the Jews, the Gentiles, and salvation, I can easily look these topics up to get a more rounded understanding. I just type in “Gentiles,” and get a list of pertinent passages, topics, and more.

2. It’s easy to plan and save discussion material right from the Bible.

I can create a note in Logos 5 called “Jesus and the Gentiles,” and then save relevant passages to it, along with any notes I choose to make:small group 1
I can access this note in the Logos mobile app, too, so that I have all my prep notes ready by the time discussion starts. I can even share notes with my group on Faithlife.

3. Bible Facts gives plenty of background information.

If my group is discussing the dynamic between Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman in Mark 7, there’s a good chance we’ll want to look up what it means to be a Syrophoenician. With Logos 5, I can right-click that word and look it up in Bible Facts:small group 2Mystery solved.

4. Referent data clarify things quickly.

Ever read a passage and ask, “Wait—to whom does ‘he’ refer this time?” With Logos, just right-click any pronoun and see the person to whom it refers.

5. RI senses shed more light on the given passage.

In Mark 7:27–28, Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman have a short exchange:

And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.”

When I turn on the Reverse Interlinear feature, I can see the biblical words’ senses (courtesy of the new Bible Sense Lexicon). Jesus refers to children in the sense of descendants, but the woman refers to them in a more endearing sense.small group 3

6. It’s on sale (but not for long)!

Now through February 4, you get 15% off any Logos 5 base package you upgrade to—and that’s on top of the special discounts you get on books you already own.

So if you haven’t already invested in the world’s leading Bible-study software, now’s the time to get Logos 5.

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30 Awesome Quotes from Charles Spurgeon

SpurgeonIn slightly less than 58 years, Charles Spurgeon, the British Baptist preacher, wrote and preached the hundreds of sermons that made him one of the most influential preachers ever. Mark Driscoll called Spurgeon, one of today’s most quoted preachers, “The greatest Bible preacher outside of Scripture.” The elegance of his arguments makes them memorable.

Whether you’re a casual reader of Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening or a scholar using Logos 5 to search the 86-volume Charles Spurgeon Collection, you’ll find wisdom in the following 30 quotes from the Prince of Preachers himself.

Did we miss any important quotes? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Ambition: Our meat and our drink is to do the will of him who sent us.
  2. Atheism: Atheism is a strange thing. Even the devils never fell into that vice, for “the devils also believe and tremble” (James 2:19).
  3. Authority of the Bible: If there be anything in the church to which you belong which is contrary to the inspired Word, leave that church.
  4. Neglect of the Bible: There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write “damnation” with your fingers.
  5. Teaching of children: Where the plow does not go and the seed is not sown, the weeds are sure to multiply. And if children are left untrained, all sorts of evil will spring up in their hearts and lives.
  6. Purpose of the church: Not for yourself, O church, do you exist, any more than Christ existed for himself.
  7. Compassion: I am certain that to preach the wrath of God with a hard heart, a cold lip, a tearless eye, and an unfeeling spirit is to harden men, not benefit them.
  8. Christ’s death: Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior
  9. Fear of death: Dying is the last, but the least matter that a Christian has to be anxious about.
  10. Discipleship: If persecution should arise, you should be willing to part with all that you possess—with your liberty, with your life itself, for Christ—or you cannot be his disciple.
  11. Faithfulness: I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour. It is only such who in the ministry shall be saved.
  12. Holiness: If your religion does not make you holy, it will damn you. It is simply painted pageantry to go to hell in.
  13. Holy Spirit: All the hope of our ministry lies in the Spirit of God operating on the spirits of men.
  14. Hope: Christ always preached doctrine that was hopeful. While he denounced self-righteousness, he would turn round and say, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). If he ever had a frown on his brow, it was for the hypocrite and the proud man. But he had tears for sinners and loving invitations for penitent ones.
  15. Jesus’ name: This is the one unbuttressed pillar on which all prayer must lean. Take this away, and it comes down with a crash.
  16. Joy: The greatest joy of a Christian is to give joy to Christ.
  17. Love for Christ: Come, Jesus, come into my heart, and let thy treasures be mine forevermore!
  18. Mercy: God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.
  19. God’s patience: We have heard in these days a blasphemer stand on a public platform and say, “There is no God, and if there is a God,” taking out his watch, “let him strike me dead in five minutes.” When he still found himself alive, he argued that there was no God. The fact was, God was much too great to be put out of patience by such an insignificant wretch as he.
  20. Perseverance: I protest that if you take final perseverance from me, you have robbed the Bible of one of its crowning attractions.
  21. Neglect of prayer: Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.
  22. Power of prayer: You can be omnipotent if you know how to pray, omnipotent in all things which glorify God.
  23. Preaching: When I cease to preach salvation by faith in Jesus, put me into a lunatic asylum, for you may be sure that my mind is gone.
  24. Pride: Pride is the devil’s dragnet in which he takes more fish than in any other, except procrastination.
  25. Resurrection: The resurrection is a fact better attested than any event recorded in any history, whether ancient or modern.
  26. Satan: He can make men dance upon the brink of hell as though they were on the verge of heaven.
  27. Slander: The first sin which came into the world hardened man’s heart in a most terrific manner, so that he dared to excuse himself and even to charge God as being indirectly the author of his sin, by giving him the woman (Gen. 3:12).
  28. Suicide: That crime of all crimes most sure of damnation if a man commit it willfully and in his sound mind, I mean the crime of self-murder.
  29. God’s wrath: If there be a man before me who says that the wrath of God is too heavy a punishment for his little sin, I ask him, if the sin be little, why does he not give it up?
  30. Worship: All places are places of worship to a Christian. Wherever he is, he ought to be in a worshiping frame of mind.

 

All quotes from Spurgeon, C. H. 2,200 Quotations: From the Writings of Charles H. Spurgeon: Arranged Topically or Textually and Indexed by Subject, Scripture, and People. Ed. Carter, T. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1995.

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We’ve extended our sales team’s hours to handle the volume of upgrade calls we’re receiving. If you want to talk to someone about your upgrade options, you can call us at 1-888-875-9491.

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An Interview with MarriageToday’s Jimmy Evans

jimmy_evans I recently had an opportunity to talk with Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO of MarriageToday. MarriageToday is devoted to helping couples build strong, fulfilling marriages and families. Jimmy has authored a number of books on marriage and family life, including 2012′s Lifelong Love Affair: How to Have a Passionate and Deeply Rewarding Marriage.

How did MarriageToday get started?

In 1993, I woke up three mornings in a row with God giving me a vision for MarriageToday. Like any time the Lord speaks to you, it was subjective and hard to explain to anyone else. But in my heart and spirit, I could see a television program with my wife, Karen, and myself sitting on a set talking to people about marriage. When I received the vision, the Lord also implanted this Scripture in my heart, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift a standard against him.”  (Is. 59:19)

It took about a year for us to begin producing programs, but within a couple of years we were purchasing time on major networks. We are now in our 20th year of production. The vision the Lord gave me 20 years ago is thriving, and we are now being broadcast into over 110 million households daily in America and to over 200 countries around the world. It’s very exciting to see what God is doing.

Every couple thinks their marriage has a unique set of problems—do you hear many similar stories everywhere you go?

I believe this is one of the most dangerous dilemmas facing many marriages. When we do marriage seminars and counsel couples individually, what we find is that, in most cases, they feel like their problems are unique. Because of this, they feel like others can’t understand them and will look down on them for what they are going through. When they find that their problems are common and almost everyone is going through or has gone through something similar, it sets them free to be honest and get help.

However, on the other side of that issue is the feeling of shame and fear when people don’t get help. Those feelings keep them from sharing with others. They put up a front while they secretly struggle or believe they are doomed to failure and call it quits.

I hope everyone reading this will believe me when I say—we are all the same! There are unique elements to every person and couple. But when it comes to how we struggle in marriage and how the devil attacks us in family relationships—we’re more alike than different. Don’t let the devil keep you in shame and fear by making you feel like you are the only ones going through problems.

I can’t name one church that doesn’t make keeping marriages together a priority. That said, more Christians are getting divorced than ever. Where’s the disconnect between the church’s emphasis on marriage and the practical reality?

I get really passionate regarding this issue. As a pastor for over 30 years, I’ve preached regularly on marriage and built a strong local church marriage ministry since the day I started. Part of my passion concerning the issue of marriage stems from the fact that I started in the ministry as a pre-marriage and marriage counselor.

But I can tell you that many churches have more support for divorce recovery than for couples preparing for marriage or those who are already married. I’m not against divorce recovery in any way. I believe it’s necessary. But if we had better pre-marriage and marriage ministry in the churches, we wouldn’t need as much divorce recovery.

Also, I don’t believe any church should marry a couple that hasn’t gone through pre-marital preparation. A couple that hasn’t been properly prepared is set up for failure. It’s the church’s responsibility to set the standard and give people the training they need. Much of this can be done by lay leaders in a small group setting or as marriage mentors assigned to pre-married and newly married couples.

At MarriageToday, we have created many resources specifically designed to equip the local church. I realize that a lot of pastors who have a heart for marriage don’t feel that they are qualified to teach or counsel on a wide variety of issues. I understand that. It’s exactly why we do what we do at MarriageToday. We specialize in marriage and love to come alongside the local church to equip them.

lifelong love affairHow difficult is it to get troubled couples to begin to be hopeful again?

It totally depends on how teachable they are.  All of us begin in marriage relatively ignorant and unexperienced. The difference between those who struggle chronically and ultimately fail is they will not turn to God and get the help they need.

I have had family members, neighbors, and good friends divorce without ever asking me for help. They may have been embarrassed or just felt that their problems were beyond help. But I have also seen thousands of crisis marriages resurrected over the years because they turned to God and were teachable.

The happiest couples I have ever seen are marriage seminar groupies that come to all of our seminars. Some of them have been married for over fifty years—and they’re still coming to seminars to build their marriages. There has never been more help available for people wanting to succeed in marriage. The key is to be humble and teachable and admit that we need constant help and encouragement in marriage. No one is the exception.

If a couple is coming to a MarriageToday seminar in a last-ditch effort to save a troubled marriage, what kind of advice would you give them to prepare for the experience?

Just to come and don’t let anything keep them away. The act of attending a marriage seminar says so many things about a couple. First of all, it says they’re fighting for their marriage. It also says they’re humble and willing to get help.  Finally, it says that there’s still an ember of love burning in their relationship.

We have seen thousands of divorces cancelled and marriages miraculously healed at our seminars. I believe when a couple attends and just gets into the atmosphere of God’s Word and power—anything is possible.

Would you like to transform your marriage by attending a MarriageToday event? Register now for the Lifelong Love Affair Seminar & Simulcast February 8–9, 2013. Watch the simulcast with your spouse, or make an event of it with your small group or church. If you’re near Southlake, TX, register to attend the event at Gateway Church. Let MarriageToday help strengthen your relationship. Register now.

Pastors: 5 Ways Logos 5 Is the Assistant You Need

Time is running out to take advantage of introductory discounts on Logos 5. Upgrade by the end of the day on February 4 (PST) and save up to 20%! These savings are on top of the discounts you’ll get for Logos 5 books you already own. Upgrade with a 12- to18-month payment plan, and start 2013 with the world’s most powerful Bible software.

Pastoral ministry is demanding

Pastoral work can be as tough as it is rewarding. Between church services, Bible studies, visitations, community involvement, board meetings, and any number of emergencies, it can be hard to find time with your own loved ones.

Here are five ways to redeem your time by making Logos 5 your pastoral assistant.

1. Logos will do your research

It’s one thing to have hundreds, if not thousands, of books in your library. If you have to rely on your memory in order to locate pertinent information, you’ve already lost valuable time (and information). But what if you were able to tell your assistant to go through your library and pull together everything on grace or 2 Corinthians 12:8–9? Logos 5 can do that for you—in seconds! You can even get important background information, genealogies, images, and more. Think about all the time you could save in research alone.

Not only will Logos help you do your research faster—with its new and enhanced features, you’ll go so much deeper in your studies.

2. Logos will help you build better sermons

Imagine sticking your head out of your office, giving your assistant a topic or Scripture and—in moments—getting back a list of relevant sermon ideas, preaching themes, and sermon outlines delivered. With Logos 5’s new Sermon Starter Guide, that’s exactly what you get. Not only that, but you’ll be directed to an archive of sermons, so you can see how your topic has been covered by other preachers. Take Logos’ outlines, export them to a word processor, and craft a sermon that fits your audience perfectly.

3. Logos will expand your reach

Logos doesn’t just help you do research and write incredible sermons. It helps you connect with your community. When you combine Logos 5 with Faithlife.com, you can share life outside of your weekly gathering. Share your thoughts on Scripture passages, read insights from your community, create reading plans, share important documents, and more.

4. Logos will keep your devotions on track

Not only are pastors responsible for feeding their flocks, they still have to keep up on their personal disciplines. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have your assistant remind you where you are in your personal Bible reading, or who you need to pray for? Logos 5 can take care of that. You can set up reading plans for your Bible reading—or, for that matter, any other book in your Logos library—and stay up to date. And we’re not talking about just pre-crafted reading plans. You can create the reading plan that works for you.

Logos will also make sure you don’t miss anyone in your prayers. Craft prayer lists and see reminders every time you open Logos 5.

And you can work on your memorization with the Scripture Memory Tool. Logos 5 will run you through exercises to help you memorize passages faster.

5. Logos will help build smart presentations

Seamlessly export information, infographics, and images from Logos 5 into your presentations. When you use Proclaim church presentation software, it’s easy to create presentations that anyone on your staff (with internet access) can access and contribute to from anywhere. Logos 5 doesn’t just collect your information for you—it lets you easily share that information with the people who need to see it!

These are just a few of the ways that Logos 5 will help you do more while saving you valuable time. Are you a pastor using Logos 5? Leave us a comment and let us know how it’s helping you!

It’s time to upgrade

There’s still time to save on your upgrade to Logos 5, but don’t wait much longer. Monday (February 4) is the last day to upgrade with an introductory discount.

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Add the Pastorum 2012 Sessions to Your Logos Library

The Pastorum Live conference 2012 brought together 21 evangelical scholars, some of whom have published academic commentaries, monographs, and biblical-language grammars. Now you’ll be able to purchase all 21 sessions to watch whenever you’d like.

Not only will you receive video of the Pastorum Live 2012 sessions—you’ll also receive the transcribed text from each session. All of the content from Pastorum 2012 will now be searchable in your Logos library. You’ll be able to highlight, take notes, and pull key points into your sermons and presentations.

Topics include:

  • “Preaching from Old Testament Narratives” by John Walton
  • “Reading the Bible to Equip the Church for Its Mission” by Mike Goheen
  • “Structure and Meaning: Discovering Meaning in the Structure of the Text” by Mark Futato
  • “The Sermon on the Mount as Gospel” by Scot McKnight
  • “How Greek Can Make Your Life Easier—Really” by Sean McDonough
  • And many more

Don’t miss this opportunity to get all 21 sessions for just over $1 each! Time is running out to pre-order, so get yours now.

Why Every Single Endorsement Matters

Randy AlcornWe believe that Bible study is the center of the Christian life. It’s our privilege to equip pastors, students, missionaries, teachers, and the church at large with tools that make Bible study easier and more accessible.

That’s why each endorsement we receive, whether from well- or lesser-known ministry leaders or from home users, is important to us. Each confirms that we’re on track toward providing the church with the best Bible-study tools.

Here are a few of our most recent endorsements:

“I am absolutely thrilled with Logos 5 and the new enhancements it brings, especially searching for phrases. Overall, the program responds even more quickly, and using my Platinum Library, I could hardly believe that a search for ‘metanoia’ (the Greek word for “repentance”) yielded 424 results in 0.26 seconds and that a search for the phrase ‘dead to sin’ yielded 523 results in 2.27 seconds. And from there, once I’m reading one of the sources, I can click on a cross-reference within my library and, voilà, there it is on my screen. . . . All in all, Logos 5 is a remarkable and practical software system, beckoning me to deeper study and greater fruitfulness in the Lord’s service. Best of all, I can do this kind of study at 35,000 feet while traveling to India!”—Michael L. Brown, PhD, author, professor, and national radio host

“Logos 5 is an incredible tool that instantly connects me with everything and everyone I need to get the Word out, from its Timeline to smart searches to social sharing.”—Kirk Cameron, producer of Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure and star of the international hit Fireproof.

“It’s a simple truth that I forget far too often—to know God, we have to know His Word. . . . Reading the Bible in a year helps me do just that. It keeps me organized, disciplined, and reading parts of the Bible I wouldn’t otherwise choose to read on a normal basis. The Bible is a delicious feast, and reading it all the way through makes sure you aren’t leaving anything on your plate. You’ll miss some days, that’s for sure, and that’s fine—use Faithlife’s Read the Bible in a Year plan to bring yourself closer to your Maker and His Word.”—Jefferson Bethke, Christian blogger and spoken-word poet

“Logos Bible Software is an extraordinary tool for both the Bible teacher and the Bible student…. Its extensive and expandable library of resources, ingenious search capabilities, and user-friendly interface make Logos 5 an indispensable and delightful aid for every user. You won’t be disappointed!”—Ray Comfort, founder & president of Living Waters

“As an historian, I can attest that knowing the facts and how to get them fast is crucial—if you’re going to stand for truth and against the attacks on our faith and heritage—and Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool gets you exactly where you need to go. . . . History is all about being able to accurately make the connections, and so is Logos 5. Its Bible Facts connects every person, place, thing and event, from which you can select and pull up quick summaries and links to more information—including relationships, maps, photos, key passages and more—that appear with just a click. And with every event tied to an exhaustive 6,000-plus-year Timeline, you can virtually see history unfolding on the screen before your very eyes.”—David Barton, founder and president of Wallbuilders

We’d love to hear about your experiences with Logos 5, too. Leave us a comment and tell us how it’s helping you do better Bible study.

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Win Logos 5, an iPad Mini, and Books by Eric Metaxas!

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” —Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Bonhoeffer Tour, featuring New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas, begins February 8 in Williamsville, NY. To kick off this nationwide tour, Logos has partnered with Thomas Nelson, GototheHub.com, and Food for the Hungry to give you the chance to win Logos 5 Gold, an iPad Mini, and Vyrso editions of Metaxas’ Bonhoeffer and Seven Men!

iPadminiDietrich Bonhoeffer, a committed pacifist, left his native Germany in 1939 to avoid conscription, which would have entailed swearing an oath to Hitler and fighting in his army. He came to think of that decision as a sort of flight; after just four weeks, he returned to Germany on the last steamer to make the crossing. There he contributed bravely to the resistance; eventually captured, he was hanged on April 9, 1945. Bonhoeffer presents this remarkably orthodox theologian’s profound moral courage and extraordinary faith.

Seven Men profiles Bonhoeffer, George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson. Metaxas asks: What does it look like to—as a leader, father, brother, husband, coach, counselor, change agent, or wise man—be a true role model?

Pick up Bonhoeffer and pre-order Seven Men today!

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Celebrate the 450th Birthday of the Heidelberg Catechism

Heidelberg Catechism

Today we’re celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the most important and enduring confessions to emerge out of the Reformation.

History of the Catechism

The Catechism was commissioned in 1562 by Frederick III, the elector prince of the Rhineland Palatinate. According to the original preface to the Catechism, published in 1563, Frederick had at least “three objectives for the Heidelberg Catechism: that is serve

  1. As a catechetical tool for teaching the children,
  2. As a preaching guide for instructing the common people in the churches, and
  3. As a form for confessional unity among several Protestant factions.”*

Work on the Heidelberg Catechism was begun by Casper Olevianus, but largely completed by Zacharias Ursinus, whom scholars now credit as the primary author. Frederick III sent the Catechism to the publisher on January 19, 1563—450 years ago today.

How the Heidelberg Catechism is structured

The Heidelberg Catechism is divided into three sections:

  1. The misery or sin of humanity
  2. God’s redemption
  3. Our gratitude

Within this framework, the Catechism covers the law, our need for salvation, the Trinity, justification, the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and numerous other themes.

Because it addresses in compact form such a broad range of doctrinal and practical issues, it has played a key part in the formation of belief and worship in Reformed Christianity. In the early seventeenth century, it became one of the three forms of unity in the Dutch Reformed Church. In the mid–seventeenth century, the Westminster Assembly used the Heidelberg Catechism to develop its own catechism, which is now known as the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Celebrate the 450th anniversary!

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, we’re making two collections of works on the Heidelberg Catechism available for pre-order.

The first collection contains two volumes from the Text and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought series published by Baker, both written by Lylie Bierma:

  • A Firm Foundation: An Aid to Interpreting the Heidelberg Catechism
  • An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology

The second collection, which is on Community Pricing, contains several classic works on the Heidelberg Catechism from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In addition to these collections, you can also pick up several works on the Heidelberg Catechism already available in Logos, including Ursinus’ Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism.

Explore the roots of Christian Reformed doctrine—come see our Heidelberg resources.

*Bierma, Lyle, “The Purpose and Authorship of the Heidelberg Catechism,” An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2005), p. 51.