United Reformed Church of Sunnyside

Our Beliefs

Why Creeds and Confessions?

As Christians, the truths of the Bible are very important, both to God and to us. As Christians who are also Reformed, we believe that these truths are faithfully reflected in particular creeds and confessions.

The word "creed" comes from the Latin credo and simply means "I believe," a concept that Christians can hardly question. Our response to the gospel is one of faith (belief), since the gospel consists of promises from God to us. Creeds are written in such a manner that the Christian may take them upon their lips and "confess with their mouths" those things they believe in their hearts (Romans 10:9).

The truth is: every Christian, every church, has a creed. Even "no creed but Christ" or "no creed but the Bible" are, ironically, creeds! So the question is NOT "should we have creeds and confessions?" but "WHICH creeds and confessions should we use?" As a Reformed congregation, we confess the historic, biblical truths of the Protestant Reformation as contained in the "Three Forms of Unity," i.e., the Belgic Confession (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), and the Canons of Dort (1618-19). We also confess three important creeds that the Christian church has confessed for nearly two millenia, namely the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.

First of all, these documents give us unity in the teachings of God's Word. We're not united around one man's "views" or several "schools of thought." Furthermore, these documents also protect us from being "carried about by every wind of doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14). Far from usurping the absolute priority and authority of the Word of God, our confessions serve to boost and highlight this priority, directing our wandering minds and hearts back to the Scriptures and its infallible teachings all of our days.

We take great joy in what we believe as Christians who are Reformed in our confession, and we invite you to share in this joy with us!

Creeds (click to expand)

The Three Forms of Unity (PDF)