A Letter from Robin Boisvert
When our church began in the 1970's we were young, idealistic, full of zeal and had the best of intentions. But we looked with disdain upon the traditional church and its institutions. We were among a new breed who would bring back New Testament Christianity!
We intentionally looked beyond tradition and back to the early chapters of Acts to pattern our church life and emphasized such values as fellowship, servanthood, generosity and discipleship. All well and good. But neglecting two thousand years of church history in which sincere believers labored to apply the truths of Scripture was not wise.
Especially was this the case with regard to the church's doctrinal beliefs. Creeds and confessions were formulated to fence out error and heresy and to instruct the faithful. We do well to stand in the tradition of believers who gave us such statements as the Apostles' Creed and the Westminster Confession Yet many of us are largely ignorant of these rich documents.
Now available in our bookstore (in the Theology section) is the volume, "Ecumenical and Reformed Creeds and Confessions." It's not a scintillating title, I'll admit, but it contains the wisdom of the ages mined from Scripture. In this handy volume you'll find, besides the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed (which formulates the doctrine of the Trinity and is accepted by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Churches), the Heidelberg Catechism, the Westminster Confession of Faith and other statements of historic orthodox Christianity.
Friends, we must stand with our brothers and sisters who throughout history have kept "the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). I encourage you to get this book, read it and carry on the tradition of gospel faithfulness.