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Why have Creeds, Confessions, Testimonies, and Declarations? Isn’t the Bible Enough?

Yes, the Bible is enough containing all we need to know to be saved. But as Len VanderZee wrote in the September 2015 Banner Editorial, “From the earliest days, our Christian ancestors understood that we need theological keys to open up the treasures of the Bible. We can’t understand it apart from such keys as the Trinity, the humanity and divinity of Christ, providence, atonement, and divine sovereignty. Of course, these doctrines are derived from Scripture, but, in turn, they provide the keys to unlocking its truths.”


Three creeds adopted by the worldwide church centuries ago summarize the most important tenets of our faith. 

Apostles’ Creed

Athanasian Creed

Nicene Creed

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