Creeds and Confessions

At Veritas Church, we value sound doctrine. Without sound doctrine, how will we deal with the troubles of this life, how will we organize ourselves as a church, how will we view children, and politics, and the family, and work, and dating, and decision making, and entertainment, and finances, and marriage, and education? The following is a survey of what we believe and teach as a church.

 Creeds

A creed is a brief statement of Christian belief. Everyone has creeds and confessions – They are either private or public. Those without creeds and confessions have creeds and confessions in the sense that they have beliefs about what the Bible teaches.   We just write them down. Our entire church (members that is) agrees on the doctrine articulated in the following creeds:

Historical Creeds

Contemporary Creed

Veritas Church Doctrinal Statement

 

  Confessions

A confession is a summary of what the Bible teaches. Our elders agree on even more than the doctrine articulated in the aforementioned creeds and statements. As elders are responsible for shepherding and teaching a flock, it’s imperative that they are drawing from the same theological well, and so we must agree on far more.

Confession of Faith

Our elders hold to the London Baptist Confession of 1689 as one of the most accurate expressions of what the Bible teaches.  We openly and publicly promote this confession, as we want to be open and public about what we believe. This way our doctrine can be examined and evaluated and tested. When a church does not claim to hold to a confession they simply avoid their doctrine being known, evaluated, or scrutinized. As well, holding to a historic confession helps bring us into continuity with the historic church. We are standing on the shoulders of godly men and women who have gone before us.

  Church Constitution

Our Church Constitution describes how we apply our beliefs to our daily life as a church. It provides the framework for us to fulfill the biblical mandate concerning an orderly church life as a fellowship of God’s people.

Constitution Benefits

  1. Definition – the constitution defines and declares how to conduct life together as a people of God.
  2. Predictability – the constitution states what we are to expect of one another – from both our leaders and members.
  3. Continuity – the constitution provides a means to maintain the unity between what we believe and what we practice in our congregational life.

To recover the old, authentic, biblical gospel, and to bring our preaching and practice back into line with it, is perhaps our most pressing present need.

J.I. Packer

True Christianity requires more than sound doctrine, but it is nothing without it.

J.D. Greer

We have made little or no impression on the world, for the very reason that gospel doctrine has made a correspondingly light impression on us.

Sinclair Ferguson

Right thinking (good doctrine) about what the Bible teaches about God and man and salvation really matters. Bad theology dishonors God and hurts people. Churches that sever the root of church may flourish for a season, but they will wither eventually, or turn into something besides a Christian church.

John Piper