Confessing the Faith Today: A Fresh Look at the Belgic Confession

Confessing the Faith Today: A Fresh Look at the Belgic Confession

by Allan J. Janssen

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Overview

With the understanding that confession is a witness to the gospel, Confessing the Faith Today investigates how a sixteenth-century Reformation confession, the Belgic Confession, can assist contemporary Christians testify to the truth of Gods gracious turn toward creation and do so in the context of the twenty-first century's competing claims. A close examination of the internal coherence of the Belgic Confession, along with an exploration of how that confession might engage contemporary life, offers fresh insight into how Christians might articulate what is at stake in the gospel. Janssen encourages the church to enter a conversation with the forebears of the faith, acknowledging the historical nature of not only the confession but of God's involvement in all creation.

""This fresh and lively reading of the Belgic Confession is doubly welcome. First, although the Belgic Confession is one of the great national confessions of the sixteenthcentury, very few commentaries on it have appeared over the past century. And second, Janssen not only explains the text of the Belgic Confession in its original context, but, more importantly, shows how it can still be confessed in our context today. On bothcounts he succeeds admirably.""
--Lyle D. Bierma, P. J. Zondervan Professor of the History of Christianity, Calvin Theological Seminary

""Janssen carefully follows the contours of this time-tested confessional treasure, from the way we know God generally through creation, to a particular and special knowledge of God through the one true son of God, Jesus Christ. But he doesn't end there because the Church of Jesus Christ doesn't end there. As reformed believers we play a role in our larger culture and Jannsen helps us see this! I will make this 'must-reading' for my students!""
--Timothy Brown, President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching, Western Theological Seminary

Allan J. Janssen, retired from the pastoral ministry in the Reformed Church in America, is an affiliate professor at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and a General Synod Professor of the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of several books, including Kingdom, Office and Church (2006).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498286244
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2016
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Allan J. Janssen, retired from the pastoral ministry in the Reformed Church in America, is an affiliate professor at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and a General Synod Professor of the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of several books, including Kingdom, Office and Church (2006).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Confessing a Particular God Articles 1, 8-11 20

3 Knowing God Articles 2-7 36

4 God's Good Creation Articles 12-15 48

5 Messiah Articles 16-21 65

6 The Rescue of the Human Articles 22-26 80

7 The Community of Faith Articles 27-32 93

8 Sacraments Articles 33-35 110

9 The Community of Faith and the Secular State Article 36 126

10 Last Judgment Article 37 141

Coda 151

Appendix: The Belgic Confession 155

Bibliography 209

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