The congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are blessed to have a Book of Confessions as the first part of our Constitution. The Book represents a rich spiritual tradition that has nurtured and inspired many people. The eleven Creeds, Confessions, Declaration, and Catechisms represented the vision of Reformed believers witnessing to their faith in various times and places as the church struggled to be faithful to God’s grace in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures.
The eleven documents affirmed the great Protestant watchwords, “grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone”. None of the eleven said everything that might have been said about the grace and truth of God at work to rescue a fallen world from its bondage to the powers of sin and death. But when read together in dialogue with the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, in dependence upon the illumination of the Holy Spirit, the church has been Reformed and always in the process of being Reformed. CONTINUE READING: http://www.ecclesio.com/2013/10/why-the-confession-of-belhar-jerry-tankersley