Creeds, Confessions, & Catechisms

Creeds, Confessions, & Catechisms

As a congregation of the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA), we confess Jesus Christ as the only Savior and the Sovereign Lord over all of life, and are fully committed to the Bible in its entirety as the Word of God written, without error in all its parts, and to its teaching as set forth in the historic Reformed standards (the Three Forms of Unity) and in the Ecumenical Creeds.

The Three Forms of Unity

The “Three Forms of Unity” is a collective name for the ‘Belgic’ Confession of Faith, the Canons of Dort, and the Heidelberg Catechism, which are accepted as official statements of doctrine by many of the Reformed churches, including the URCNA.

The Ecumenical Creeds

The Ecumenical Creeds refer to the creeds formulated in early centuries of the Christian church. A creed is a summary or statement of what one believes. The word originates from the Latin credo meaning, “I Believe.” The Ecumenical Creeds are The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Athanasian Creed. These creeds briefly define the main points of doctrine of the historic, Christian faith. They are called “ecumenical” because they have been accepted by churches across Christian denominations as orthodox statements of the Christian faith.