Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms

We are committed to Scripture and to the systematic exposition of biblical truth known as the Reformed faith. Our systematic theology has been and remains an outworking of the theological documents known as the Westminster Standards. In addition to the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, our church treasures the rich and harmonious diversity of creeds and confessions within the historic Reformed tradition. In particular, it recognizes that the system of doctrine contained in Scripture is also confessed in the Three Forms of Unity (the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort).

What If “No Creed but the Bible” Is Unbiblical?

In his book The Creedal Imperative Carl Trueman writes:
“Christians are not divided between those who have creeds and confessions and those who do not; rather, they are divided between those who have public creeds and confessions which are written down and exist as public documents, subject to public scrutiny, evaluation, and critique; and those who have private creeds and confessions which are often improvised, unwritten, and thus not open to public scrutiny, not susceptible to evaluation and, crucially and ironically, not subject to testing by scripture to see whether they are true or not”.

Recently, Kevin DeYoung wrote:  “Not long ago one of my friends asked what’s one book I wish everyone in my church would read. Many suggestions came to mind. In the future, this will be one of them. With this book, confessional churches will better understand what they are and why they exist. Non-confessional churches may develop a hankering for catechisms and confessions. Trueman argues cogently and persuasively for the importance of doctrine, definition, and delineation in the life of the church”.

What difference does it make what denomination you are a part of?

In his blog on The Westminster Confession – Chapter 31,  William VanDoodewaard asks “Does the doctrine of the church really matter? Isn’t it of far less importance than the gospel, personal piety, or mission? So what if your congregation is Independent, Congregationalist, Presbyterian, or Episcopalian? What difference does it make? Our confession is that God’s Word provides answers to these questions”.
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Good Reading

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
Timothy Keller
Nov 2014
Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me
Kevin DeYoung
Apr 2014
ESV Gospel Transformation Bible
Sept 2013