Walking with God by Faith
Topic: Hebrews Scripture: Hebrews 11:5–11:6
First Reading: Genesis 5:1-32
Second Reading: Jude 1:1-25
Sermon Text: Hebrews 11:5-6
In describing the Church, the Belgic Confession (1561) says in Article 27:
We believe and confess one single catholic or universal church—a holy congregation and gathering of true Christian believers, awaiting their entire salvation in Jesus Christ, being washed by his blood, and sanctified and sealed by the Holy Spirit. This church has existed from the beginning of the world and will last until the end, as appears from the fact that Christ is eternal King who cannot be without subjects. And this holy church is preserved by God against the rage of the whole world, even though for a time it may appear very small to human eyes—as though it were snuffed out. For example, during the very dangerous time of Ahab the Lord preserved for himself seven thousand who did not bend their knees to Baal (1 Kings 19:18). And so this holy church is not confined, bound, or limited to a certain place or certain people. But it is spread and dispersed throughout the entire world, though still joined and united in heart and will, in one and the same Spirit, by the power of faith.