“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” -Ecclesiastes 1:9
The documents listed below represent statements of faith from critical turning points in the life of the Church. The truths pointed out in each of these were borne out of particular “issues” of their days. Since, as Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “there is nothing new under the sun”, and since we are seeing the same discussions and debates dividing the Church today, and since these articles are based on Scripture, we believe these confessions and this creed are applicable to our lives today.
The Apostle’s Creed
represents the way in which the ancient church defined its faith in a Gentile world rich in competing philosophies and religions, much like today. The Apostles’ Creed was not written by the apostles; it is the culmination of several centuries of reflection on the meaning of the Christian faith. The ancient church used this creed to identify believers, to instruct new converts, and to provide a unifying confession of faith for worship and liturgy.
The Heidelberg Catechism
(1563) was originally conceived as a teaching instrument to promote religious unity…in Christ! Written after the Reformation, it is a personalized confession of faith, supported solely by Scripture.
The Belgic Confession
(1561) was written during a time when there was a need for a clear and comprehensive statement which differentiated the Reformed faith from the Catholic belief as well as from Anabaptist teachings.
The Canons of Dort
(1618-19) came from an international synod of Reformed people held in Dordrecht, Netherlands in 1618-19. While this synod accomplished many other things as well, one of its main purposes was to adjudicate a theological controversy (Arminianism) concerning the way in which believers receive the benefit of Christ.