Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2009’

Parts of Worship

The Scriptural Elements of Public Worship (From the Directory of Worship for the RCUS, 1998) GOD’S PART AND OUR PART Since a service of public worship is in its essence a meeting of God with his people, the parts of the service are of two kinds: those which are performed on behalf of God, and those which are performed by …

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Importance of Confessions – 2011

Introduction THE UNITY of the Reformed Church in the U.S. (RCUS) consists to a large extent in its faithful adherence to a common faith and doctrine. The denomination affirms the great creeds of the early church—the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds—which define historic Christianity. It also subscribes to key doctrinal statements of the Protestant Reformation—the Belgic Confession (1561), the Heidelberg …

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Subordinate Standards

Why the RCUS has subordinate confessional standards When asked, “What does the Bible teach?” or “How do you interpret it?” we respond with a unified voice by referring to the historic creeds and confessions of the Reformed church which summarize the message of Scripture. The RCUS does not, however, make its confessional statements equal to, or elevated above, Scripture, for …

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Primary Standard

The Bible is Our Primary Standard and Final Authority We are a church that believes in the Bible, studies the Bible, preaches and teaches the Bible, and seeks to obey the Bible. The Bible is central to all that we are and do. In it God speaks to us today concerning every area of life and thought. In a day …

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The Apostles’ Creed “What, then, is necessary for a Christian to believe?” asks the Heidelberg Catechism. “All that is promised us in the gospel, which the articles of our catholic, undoubted Christian faith teach us in summary,” is the reply. Though this creed was not penned by the Apostles, it summarizes their teaching with simplicity, brevity, and beauty. Originally used …

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