Creeds and ConfessionsWe unite in faith with other Christians

We subscribe to the historic Christian Creeds and the confessions of the Reformation: the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort, commonly called the Three Forms of Unity, as our subordinate standards. They are a faithful, systematic expression and summary of the truths of God’s Holy Word.

“What, then, is necessary for a Christian to believe?” asks the Heidelberg Catechism. “All that is promised us in the gospel, which the articles of our catholic, undoubted Christian faith teach us in summary,” is the reply. Though this creed was not penned by the Apostles, it summarizes the Bible’s teaching with simplicity, brevity, and beauty. Originally used as a baptismal formula in the second century, it reached its present form in the sixth. It gives a concise expression of the fundamentals of historic Christianity.

              I believe in God the Father Almighty,
              Maker of heaven and earth.

              And in Jesus Christ,
              His only-begotten Son, our Lord:
              who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
              born of the virgin Mary,
              suffered under Pontius Pilate,
              was crucified, dead, and buried;
              He descended into hell;
              the third day He rose from the dead;
              He ascended into heaven,
              and sits at the right hand of
              God the Father Almighty;
              from there He shall come to judge
              the living and the dead.

              I believe in theHoly Spirit,
              the holy, catholic Church,
              the communion of saints,
              the forgiveness of sins,
              the resurrection of the body,
              and the life everlasting.

              Amen.