Creeds and confessions are important as the historic documents, composed and adopted by churches to give authoritative expression to their theological beliefs.
Summary statements of the Christian faith find their origins in both the precepts and principles of the New Testament. In the early church, general consensus on the content of faith was, by the fourth century, formalized into specific forms of words adopted by the church and given a general authority, most particularly in the Nicene Creed (325/81) and its elaboration by the ecumenical councils. In the Reformation, Catholicism and Protestantism defined themselves through both the early church creedal tradition and by the production of more elaborate and comprehensive confessions and catechisms. While more recent centuries have seen less confessional production, and many contemporary Protestant churches have either abandoned strict adherence to their confessions or adopted brief statements of faith of their composition, the rich heritage of creeds and confessions still offers much of vital importance to the health and well-being of the contemporary church.
A 17th-century confession offers compelling truth for people facing 21st-century crises.
Confessions of faith should function as guardrails, not straightjackets.
Same song, thousandth stanza. Unsound doctrine kills.
Recently in Lithuania, a former prosperity gospel denomination and a Reformed denomination signed identical statements of faith. Here’s how they got there.
A quick look (in about 90 seconds) at the origin of the Apostles Creed
Everyone has a creed, even those who say they don’t. Refusing to confess your theology publicly results in restriction, not freedom.
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“No creed but the Bible” is a terrible creed.
Christ’s descent pushes us to recognize that Jesus doesn’t simply know what it’s like to die. He knows what it’s like to be dead.
To be biblical, you must also be creedal.
The creeds remind us of the central faith that binds all believers together.
I have become convinced of the need to train new believers in these vital, historic elements of the Christian faith.
Contrary to popular understanding, the Assembly members were not a static group, theologically.
The Catechism does talk about our obligations as Christians, but the main theme is grace.