Tattoos for the Soul: Why We Need Confessions of Faith [Joe Thorn | DesiringGod.org]

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Hand of Pastor Joe Thorn
Hand of Pastor Joe Thorn
Pastor Joe Thorn
Pastor Joe Thorn

Pastor Joe Thorn on the value of confessions of faith:

…Because I love God, I love his word. And because I love God and his word, I love theology. And because I love theology, I love confessions of faith. To know God is to believe who he has revealed himself to be in Christ, to rest in his grace, and to obey him in faith. In all of this, we are dependent on the Holy Scripture, and are compelled to affirm and articulate the truths revealed therein. This is where confessions of faith play a vital role in the spiritual health of the Christian and the local church…

Even with the growing interest in Calvinism among evangelicals in recent years, too often the resurging interest in doctrine has not led to a robust understanding of Reformed theology or an embrace of Reformed confessions.

In my own context, I occasionally hear some Baptists say things like, “We need no creed but the Bible.” While I affirm their belief in the supremacy and sufficiency of the Scripture, such a sentiment ignores the purpose and use of confessions. And by the way, such a statement is itself a confession.

Proper confessions of faith, like Westminster, or the 1689 Baptist Confession, serve four purposes: clarity, unity, charity, and safety…

Read the explanation of those four purposes in “Tattoos for the Soul: Why We Need Confessions of Faith”

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