Bridging the gap between those who resist any use of creeds and those who uphold creeds above scripture, this article proposes a healthy way of viewing creeds. The author maintains that creeds should be viewed historically (unifying the church of all times and places) and doctrinally (identifying the cores of the Christian faith). Having this perspective on the creeds, however, does not mean that confessions cannot ever be improved or changed.
This article links the need for creeds to the biblical call to confess Christ individually and corporately, the work of the Spirit in guiding the church in the truth, and the call to the church to uphold biblical doctrine. Confessions are important for the unity of the church, defense of the faith, resolving disputes, catechetical use, and pastoral care. The author calls the church to intentionally use the creeds.
Struggling to incorporate the Christian creeds into the congregation's life and worship? This article suggests five ways to incorporate the creeds into the worship service.
What is the relationship between theological expression and the creedal character of the gospel? In what sense is the gospel a creed? This essay defends the thesis that the theology of Paul is given a structure as a creed. This creed remained constant and unchanging. The author illustrates it from the way Paul defends the gospel in Colossians, in particular Colossians 1 and Colossians 2.
In order for true unity and ecumenicity to exist within the churches, there needs to be a convincing confession of faith. This article looks at the role confessions and creeds play in shaping such unity of churches. Attention is given to the need for confessions, the problems and challenges of adopting confessions, and the method for formulating them.
Creeds and doctrines of the church have been developing since the start of the church, and there is no reason they should not continue to be developed. However, the article contends that those who intend to come with such developments must understand that the creeds and doctrines we already have are a result of centuries of reflection. Whatever creed must be made, should reflect the truth of Scripture. The article also includes some critical analysis of modern forms of creeds and confessions.