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The Heidelberg Catechism: A Study Guide Paperback – January 1, 1994
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"G.I. Williamson has once again done the church an invaluable service. . . . In simple and clear language he has opened up the wealth of the Catechism for all to see. G.I.'s long experience as a teacher of catechism has given him the expertise and wisdom that make his study guides so successful.... The value of the Heidelberg Catechism is not restricted to any one age of people, but insofar as it maps the saving doctrines of the Scriptures, it will continue to be used with profit the world over." --R. Dean Anderson, Jr., from the forward
". . . biblical, clear, well illustrated . . . . an excellent guide for preachers, teachers, parents, and students." --Thomas Vanden Heuvel, The Outlook
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G. I. Williamson (BD, Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary) has served congregations of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, the Reformed Churches of New Zealand, and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He is author of study guides to the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Shorter Catechism, as well as editor of Ordained Servant, a journal for elders and deacons.
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Now that I am getting deeper in my study of the Heidelberg Catechism, I have also picked up a study guide on Heidelberg by Williamson entitled (surprise) The Heidelberg Catechism: A Study Guide. Many times, as I read what he says, I hear a person with questions that come from a more conservative hermaneutical perspective than I, and from a different generation than I. Nevertheless, I find his discussion on each week of questions and answers helpful because he helps me see things from my church people's perspective (who are also from a more mature generation), and it helps me read the text with fresh eyes. There are times when I disagree with Williamson, but I appreciate his willingness to stay rooted in his Orthodox Presbyterian tradition.
Each chapter has commentary on the questions and answers to be studied on each week. They also questions on the lesson, and questions for further study on the biblical and theological issues that the week's questions bring up. Williamson is thorough!
No matter what perspective you come from, I think if you want to study the Heidelberg Catechism, you need to The Heidelberg Catechism: A Study Guide by Williamson on your desk. It is the standard in the English language on studying the document.
G.I. Williams is a man of the Westminster Standards (the most clinical of Reformed teaching and training resources) and in this book he shines light on the true nature of man, the true nature of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit within the body of Christ, His Church.
G.I. has a unique style that was born out of many years of ministry in the Orthodox Presbyterian Churches of America and also out of his missionary activities within the Reformed Churches of New Zealand. He taught from the Heidelberg catechism and he has counseled several generations of young and old believers - it shows. This book is to the point, it is not exhaustive, but it is clearly illustrative of the hope and joy that believers share in Jesus Christ. If you are hungry for knowledge rooted in the infallible Word of God this book will not disappoint you.