The Belgic Confession (). by Various. 1. That there is One The sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures, to be the only rule of faith. We believe that those Holy. The oldest of the doctrinal standards of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America is the Confession of Faith, popularly known as the. The oldest doctrinal standards of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregations is the Confession of Faith, most commonly known as the Belgic Confession.

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A document written by a pastor in hiding who was eventually captured by authorities and executed. A book whose contents were so challenging to the powers of the day that the only way to get it into the hands of the ruler without imperiling the author was to toss the book over a castle wall to be discovered by members of the government.

A document so clear and so articulate that it was quickly adopted as one of the standards of the Reformed fwith, first for the churches of the Netherlands and then wherever these churches spread around the world.


The Belgic Confession of Faith

The text is the Belgic Confession. His confession, originally written in French and first published inwas rapidly translated into Dutch and German and officially accepted at the Synod of Emden as confedsion foundational confession of faith for Dutch Reformed churches. The Catholic political authorities in the Netherlands captured De Bres and hanged him as a rebel in The Belgic Confession clearly has a powerful early history.

But does it have any lasting significance for belgiv churches today?

Belgic Confession – Wikipedia

Is it more than a historical document established as one of the three confessional standards of the Christian Reformed Church? In what ways can the Belgic Confession still speak to us? First, it can be a teaching and discussion tool.

Last, the Belgic Confession can be a resource for personal reflection. We cannot expect confessions and creeds to do all these things on their own.

We also must remember the historical context that shaped the text. ColumnsFaith MattersStudy Questions. In what ways does the Belgic Confession still speak to us today?


A text so popular that it went through 11 editions in three languages in just five years. Discussion Questions How does reading about the powerful early history of the Belgic Confession influence your appreciation for the confession?

Belgic Confession of Faith: Overview

What is one of your favorite passages or article from the Belgic Confession? How does that passage speak to you?

What do you think is the purpose of having confessions? Why is that important? What might be some healthy or unhealthy ways to use the confession?

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