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Confessing The Faith And Confessions Of Faith

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The Reformed family has spawned many confessions of faith. Confessions of faith embody doctrinal propositions that the authors hold to be true. Formal confessions of faith are not the only means by which the Reformed have made and continue to make corporate confessional affirmations. Confessional documents have been used in a variety of ways within the Reformed family. Jesus Christ was a Saviour before he was teacher; he had done something redemptive, not simply peddled teachings. The Bible is to be interpreted in the light of its witness to God's work of reconciliation in Christ. The primary act of confessing has implications for worship. It stands as a corrective to any anthropocentric coddling of the saints. It encourages heartfelt rejoicing in God's act of redeeming grace. It is the wills of men, and not their views, that are the great obstacle to the Gospel. Hence the Cross. Thence the Gospel.

Keywords: Bible; confessions; faith; God; Gospel; Jesus Christ; Reformed family



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