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The Belgic Confession

From time to time CCRC takes a look at the important documents in the history of the Reformed church tradition. These documents define significant features of the Reformed approach to the Bible, influencing how we read it. They also have had an effect on how the worldwide Reformed community has tried to live a Christian life in the face of challenges. The Belgic Confession’s chief author was Guido de Brès, a preacher of the Reformed churches of the Netherlands, who died a martyr to the faith in the year 1567. (Two things: That's him in prison in the picture and "Confession" doesn't mean confessing to believing or doing something wrong--more like just telling or making a case for what you believe.) During the sixteenth century the churches in the Netherlands were exposed to terrible persecution by the Roman Catholic government. To protest against this cruel oppression, and to prove to the persecutors that the members of the Reformed faith were not rebels, but law-abiding citizens who professed true Christian beliefs, de Brès prepared this Confession in the year 1561. In the following year a copy was sent to King Philip II, together with a letter in which the Reformed declared that they were ready to obey the government in all lawful things, but that they would “offer their backs to stripes, their tongues to knives, their mouths to gags, and their whole bodies to the fire,” rather than deny the truth expressed in this Confession. Pretty fearful stuff and, thankfully, we don't know suffering like that for practicing our Christian faith in Canada. But there's something about tough, challenging times that helps people get to the truth of the matter and we can learn a lot today from Christians who are imprisoned or otherwise punished for believing the Bible. What you'll find in the Confession and in our sermon series is a powerful walk through those Biblical truths.

September 9, 2018

The King of Kings

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: John 18:28–28:40

August 26, 2018

Lord’s Supper and Self-Examination

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Lord's Supper, Creeds and Confessions Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:17–11:34

August 19, 2018

Spiritual Bread for Spiritual Life

Pastor: Betsy DeVries Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Lord's Supper, Creeds and Confessions Passage: John 6:25–6:40, John 6:53–6:59

August 12, 2018

Baptizing Believers and Their Children But Once

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Genesis 17:1–17:14, Colossians 2:8–2:15

July 30, 2018

Baptism’s Symbolism

Pastor: Betsy DeVries Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Baptism Passage: Colossians 2:9–2:15

July 22, 2018

The Fount of Blood and Water

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: John 19:28–19:37

July 15, 2018

Faithful Resistance

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Galatians 5:13–6:10

July 8, 2018

Elections, Nominations, Authority, and Equality

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Hebrews 13:7–13:17

June 24, 2018

Church Shopping: Who Do You See?

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Acts 14:21–14:30

June 17, 2018

Church Shopping? What do you See?

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Amos 5:21–5:24, Galatians 5:16–6:5, Matthew 28:16–28:20

June 10, 2018

Church Shopping? What Do You Hear?

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Jeremiah 23:16–23:32, Romans 10:12–10:15

June 3, 2018

Obligations of Church Membership?

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: The Body of Christ Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:12–12:31

May 27, 2018

One, Holy, Universal Church

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: 1 Peter 2:4–2:12

February 4, 2018

A Greater Order of Priest

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Hebrews 7:1–7:28

January 21, 2018

A Just and Merciful God

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: John 3:1–3:21

January 7, 2018

The Two Natures of Christ

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Colossians 1:15–1:23

December 17, 2017

On the Incarnation

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Incarnation Passage: Revelation 12:1–12:9, Revelation 12:13–12:17

August 27, 2017

Who Do You Say I Am?

Pastor: Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Matthew 16:13–16:20

August 20, 2017

A Defining Christian Teaching

Pastor: Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: John 17:1–17:26

July 16, 2017

The Authority of the Bible

Pastor: Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: 2 Timothy 3:10–3:17

July 9, 2017

The Written Word of God

Pastor: Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: 2 Peter 1:1 –1 :21

June 18, 2017

Confessing God

Pastor: Series: The Belgic Confession Topic: Creeds and Confessions