A Surprising But Godly Use Of The Reformed Confessions

As a pastor, I am frequently asked about the best resources available for growth in the Christian faith. We live in a time when there is no shortage of devotional books to help with personal and family piety. Part of the challenge is that Christians are culturally conditioned as consumers to think that the newest and bestselling devotional to hit the market will be the long-awaited answer for improving their Christian walk. This mindset is so deeply embedded in the modern churchgoer that people often render as obsolete the best resources they already have.

Tending to the means of grace in public worship every Lord’s Day should be at the top of the list for anyone wanting to improve their personal and family piety. Further, people who are committed to spend more time in Bible reading and prayer will be helped greatly in sanctification. There is one resource, however, that is overlooked when it comes to growth in the Christian faith: the church confessions.

Knowing and studying church confessions is of great value for our piety as well. But we have been told that people who use confessions trust in them too much. For many, the result has been an avoidance of confessions and catechisms altogether. Further, we have been told that the church’s old confessions and catechisms are lifeless dogmas of the church that work against achieving authentic spiritual life. Nothing is further from the truth. The Reformed confessions greatly aid the vitality of the Christian life that people are often looking for everywhere else.

Using the Confessions Devotionally

With this in mind, we have to appreciate some of the important ways the Reformed confessions and catechisms help us with personal and family piety.

First, the confessions help us to know God and ourselves so that we might properly acknowledge the Lord. Our approach to God can be compromised in family and corporate worship if we have a faulty doctrine of God and man. This has serious consequences for Christian piety. The confessions are a great resource for remedying this problem in preserving a proper knowledge of God. Consider the Belgic Confession, Article 1 in what we believe about God: Read more»

Chris Gordon | ”How The Confessions Help With Sanctification” | March 31, 2022


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