The Christian's Confessions and Living as Christ's Church
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The Christian's Confessions and Living as Christ's Church

What is your only comfort in life and in death? What is the chief end of man? What, then, must a Christian believe? These are familiar questions to those who have had the privilege of being under the influence of a family or church that welcomes the heritage of confessional Christianity. Every believer has a confession or they could not be a Christian: If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom.10:9) But Christian confession means more than an expression toward personal salvation; it is a body of doctrinal truth, an orderly understanding of what Scripture teaches about God, creation, providence, man, sin, Christ, law, grace and everything else that has to do with pleasing God in this life and the next. And every Christian doctrine has a history, often hard fought and at a cost, including martyrdom. The 450 year old Heidelberg Catechism has stayed in continual use, as has the Westminster Assembly documents and their Congregational and Baptist versions. Indeed, we who profess the reformed faith stand on venerable, broad shoulders.

But we also are or should be members of a local church. How should our church life flesh out what we confess? What is the spirit and behavior of a congregation that reflects such glorious truth, toward one another and toward those outside who so desperately need what we have been privileged to hear and believe?

Please join us for this year's conference, which will address the importance of knowing what we believe and practicing it, individually and as churches. Please also tell others about the conference. Perhaps you can offer to bring someone who should be introduced to the humbling pleasures of what we call the reformed faith.

 
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