We Believe

Here at Church Creek Presbyterian we affirm the doctrines in the historical creeds of Christendom – the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, and the Athanasian Creed.

Church Creek Presbyterian holds to The Westminster Confession of Faith and The Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms as an accurate summary of what the Bible teaches. Together, the Westminster Standards and the Three Forms of Unity (the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dordt, and the Heidelberg Catechism) guide worship. In addition, we govern ourselves by the Book of Church Order (BCO) prepared by our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America.

 

Westminster Confession of Faith

Westminster Confession
The Westminster Confession of Faith is the doctrinal Standard of the PCA. It was originally written by the Westminster Assembly in London 1643-1648, was adopted by the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) shortly thereafter. It was adopted by colonial Presbyterians in America in 1729 (with a few revisions) and adopted by the PCA in 1973.

 

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Completed in 1647 by the Westminster Assembly the Westminster Shorter Catechism continues to serve as part of the doctrinal standards of the PCA.

 

 


Heidelberg Catechism

Heidelberg Catechism
Tradition credits Zacharius Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus with being coauthors of the Heidelberg Catechism. It was approved by a synod in Heidelberg in January 1563. The Synod of Dort in 1618-1619 approved the Heidelberg Catechism, and it soon became the most ecumenical of the Reformed catechisms and confessions. The catechism has been translated into many European, Asian, and African languages and is the most widely used and most warmly praised catechism of the Reformation period.

 

Belgic Confession

Belgic Confession
The Belgic Confession is actually the personal confession of faith of one man, Guido de Bres. His primary purpose in writing his confession of faith was to distinguish the Reformed Christians in the Netherlands from the Anabaptists, who challenged the authority of the civil government. The confession was widely circulated among Reformed leaders, including John Calvin. As one of the official Standards of Unity (together with the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort), it has influenced the Reformed Church’s theological instruction, preaching, and teaching for centuries.

 

The Trinity Hymnal

Trinity Hymnal
The Trinity Hymnal was published in 1961 by Great Commission Publications in association with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). This hymnal contains 662 traditional hymn and Psalm settings, a collection of 67 additional gospel-styled songs for “informal occasions,” a selection of musical responses, and the complete Westminster Shorter Catechism and Confession of Faith.

 

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