This article explains the character of the blessing given to those who make a profession of faith. It discusses the scriptural background of the blessing, that it is the Lord's gift of his help, protection, love, and peace.
This article discusses what it means to forsake the world and crucify our old nature, a formulation found in the Continental liturgical form for profession of faith. The article considers passages like 1 John 2:15-17 and Romans 12:2.
This article discusses the third question in the Continental liturgical form for profession of faith, "Do you declare that you love the Lord God and that it is your heartfelt desire to serve him according to his Word?" It shows the difference between slavery and loving service, and how thankfulness is essential to the Christian life.
This article discusses what it means to "seek your life outside of yourself in Jesus Christ," a formulation found in the Continental liturgical form for profession of faith. The author explains the exclusivity of the Christian profession of Christ as Lord.
This article explains the background to the phrase in the Continental liturgical form for profession of faith that calls for agreement with the doctrine "taught in this Christian church." The article states that the church is to be found where the teaching of Scripture is maintained. It provides a synopsis of the debate in the sixteenth century regarding this very matter, between Catholics and Protestants.
This article considers the first question in the liturgical form for profession of faith used in the Continental tradition, "Do you wholeheartedly believe the doctrine of the Word of God, summarized in the confession and taught here in this Christian church?" It explains that "doctrine" is the teaching of the Lord, and how it is as important as lifestyle.
This article shows how the sovereign, electing love of God is found already in the opening address spoken at the occasion of a profession of faith: "Beloved in our Lord Jesus Christ." It explains how this address is really first given at our baptism. It stresses the need for a prompt profession as a response to baptism.
This article discusses the character of one's profession of faith. It shows that this is a public matter, with biblical precedents. It also explains how the Reformed practice is different from confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church. It emphasizes that profession of faith is a response to God's gracious work in our life.
This article discusses the topic of public profession of faith, especially as it is outlined in the Continental Reformed "Form for Profession of Faith." The article considers what is profession of faith, the connection between profession and baptism, profession and Lord's Supper, and the path toward profession (by means of education). It discusses when to make profession of faith, and what should follow such a profession.
This article shows that for the covenant children, public profession of faith means an acceptance of the covenant, a confession of personal commitment to Christ and of the Reformed understanding of the apostles’ doctrine, and a formal acceptance of the authority of Christ in his church.
This article shows that just like in the Old Testament it was circumcision that made one a part of God’s people, baptism in the New Testament makes one a member of God’s church. Public profession of faith is a vow of commitment to our Lord as a result of his covenant grace and faithfulness to us, and not a qualification for church membership.
How should discipline be administered to members of the church who are baptized but have yet to make profession of faith? This article considers the church-historical practice from the Reformation onward, drawing lessons for today.
Young people are ready to make profession of faith when they come to the conclusion that the doctrine of the church is in agreement with God's word. This way of thinking has a bearing on the way catechism is taught. Catechism classes ought to embrace the three forms of unity as expressing the doctrine taught by the church. This article also explores the link between baptism, profession of faith and the Lord's Supper.