By Grace We Have Been Saved

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

The Catechism says that those who know Christ’s forgiveness are “to thank God for such deliverance” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 2). As a result, “With our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us, and that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Question and Answer 86).

By Grace We Have Been Saved


The proof of God’s amazing love is this:
While we were sinners, Christ died for us.
Because we have faith in him,
we dare to approach God with confidence,
trusting that God will forgive our sin
and cleanse us from every kind of wrong.
Let us confess our sins to almighty God.
—based on Romans 5:8; Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 1:8
[BCW, p 52[2],alt.,PD]
— Worship Sourcebook Edition Two

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Praise for God’s Grace
O God, wondrous in love for sinners, we give you thanks for saving grace. You do not hold against us our treacheries and neglects, but let them drop. You do not hold against us our conceit and indifference, but let them go. Forgiveness is your gift to us. Even our faith is your gift. We have been saved by grace through faith—and all this is your gift. Surely there is none like you, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

By Grace We Have Been Saved

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