Why study creeds, confessions and catechisms when we already have the Bible? Well the answer is simple, in order to encapsulate the most important truths of our common salvation, our deposit of faith (Jude 3). The Bible is God’s Self-revelation to man; the creeds and statements of faith are man’s answer to God. [1]  Merely believing a list of Christian doctrinal statements won’t save us, but when combined with faith, doctrinal statements stand to frame our Christian faith. They are a summation of sound biblical truth as revealed in the Word of God.Why are so many Christians today failing to provide an adequate answer to errant views at best and heretical views at worst? Isn’t it because they think that doctrine doesn’t matter, and hey, why can’t we just love Jesus? Yes, my friends I hope we truly love Jesus as he has already loved us, but the question shouldn’t be merely, can’t we just love Jesus, rather the question we should ask is this. Who is Jesus? According to Mormon theology, Jesus is the spirit brother of Satan; according to Jehovah’s witnesses’ theology he is merely the archangel Michael; and according to Islam, Jesus is only a prophet, not God the Son. What the Church most desperately needs today is sound biblical teaching and preaching that is deliberately Trinitarian, highly theocentric, and urgently evangelistic. The following compilation of the Creeds and statements of faith, which the Church has believed and taught for the past twenty centuries, represent a prescription for her didactic needs.

[1]  Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom, 3.