Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 21
Well: we weren't, and neither is the Heidelberg Catechism. Rather, Heidelberg says, we affirm that Jesus Christ "gathers, protects and preserves for himself a community chosen for eternal life and united in true faith," and that we ourselves are now, and always will be, living members of it. In that sense, the catholicity and holiness of the Church is an enormously comforting doctrine, like so many features of the Creed. By being in the one Church, we are united, gathered, protected and preserved by Jesus. Safe, forever.]
Q54. What do you believe
concerning “the holy catholic church”?
A54. I believe that the Son of God
through his Spirit and Word,
out of the entire human race,
from the beginning of the world to its end,
gathers, protects, and preserves for himself
a community chosen for eternal life
and united in true faith.
And of this community I am and always will be
a living member.