The rite of ordination commences the following morning with the candidate's confessions of faith
, immediately prior to the eucharistic liturgy, The call to prayer and laying-on of hands occur after the Trisagion hymn and before the proclamation of assigned readings and responsorial psalmody.
40) For, in assenting to the Agreement, the participating churches "in loyalty to the confessions of faith
which bind them" declare that "the doctrinal condemnations expressed in the confessional documents no longer apply to the contemporary doctrinal position of the assenting churches"; and that "they accord each other table and pulpit fellowship; this includes the mutual recognition of ordination and the freedom to provide for intercelebration.
But they did draft confessions of faith
and formulas of concord.
The new edition, Creeds and Confessions of Faith
in the Christian Tradition, comprises three volumes of documents, but the editors have wisely added a fourth, Credo, a remarkable study of the role of creeds over the whole history of Christianity.
The purpose of the Reformed confessions of faith
was not to draw up new formulations of the faith but, rather, to give a theological exposition of the creeds and thus provide an articulation for the journey.
As General Baptists engaged in various internal theological disputes over the Trinity and other doctrines, the Arminian approach to salvation moved from confessions of faith
to strangely warmed hearts due to the Wesleyan revivals of the eighteenth century, evidenced in Dan Taylor and the New Baptist Connection.
On the minus side are its omission of the creedal formulas of 1 Thessalonians from the study of confessions of faith
(28-31), its failure to distinguish the literary genre of 2 Timothy from that of 1 Timothy and Titus (31-34), and its affirmation of the centrality of the "cross" rather than the death of Jesus in Mark (103).
This kind of solid proclamation of baptism is also the only approach which offers good prospects for the dialogue within the Reformation sphere between the so-called baptizing churches and communities -- especially the Baptists -- and those churches which administer baptism on the basis of the Reformation confessions of faith
, even without a personal confession by the baptizand.
Confessions of faith
serve two principal purposes: exhibiting the faith of the church and providing standards of agreement for the use of office-holders and members.
Associations also participated together in common causes, such as issuing confessions of faith
and working for religious liberty.
creeds are not tests for orthodoxy but "reminders" of the identity of the Christian faith, and confessional theology must be an open enterprise whose goal is to work toward formulating new confessions of faith
In fact, to read Baptist confessions of faith
, formal and informal, is to recognize a surprising degree of continuity in theology and praxis.