The Heidelberg Catechism

Lord's Day 9

Question & Answer 26

Q: What do you believe when you say, "I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth"?

A: That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who out of nothing created heaven and earth
and everything in them,1
who still upholds and rules them
by his eternal counsel and providence,2
is my God and Father
because of Christ his Son.3
I trust him so much that I do not doubt
he will provide
whatever I need
for body and soul,4
and he will turn to my good
whatever adversity he sends me
in this sad world.5
He is able to do this because he is almighty God;6
he desires to do this because he is a faithful Father.7

1 Gen. 1 & 2; Ex. 20:11; Ps. 33:6; Isa. 44:24; Acts 4:24; 14:15
2 Ps. 104; Matt. 6:30; 10:29; Eph. 1:11
3 John 1:12-13; Rom. 8:15-16; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:5
4 Ps. 55:22; Matt. 6:25-26; Luke 12:22-31
5 Rom. 8:28
6 Gen. 18:14; Rom. 8:31-39
7 Matt. 7:9-11