Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Formation, and Evangelism Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
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A couple of weeks ago I was at the “Equipping the Saints” event for John Calvin Presbytery, meeting in Springfield, Missouri. It was great to have the opportunity to preach for the ruling and teaching elders who came that day, and to lead two workshops on the Confessional church. That workshop discussed why we have these statements of faith that make up the Book of Confessions, how they guide our faith, and the breadth of contexts from which they come. We also spent some time digging into the Nicene Creed, the earliest of the confessions included in our book.
The weekend before last I was pleased to be a part of the installation of the Rev. Owen Stepp to be pastor at the Clairmont Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. As at all PC(USA) ordinations and installations, Owen was asked a series of questions. Here is the one I want to draw attention to:
Will you be instructed and led by [the] confessions [of the church] as you lead the people of God?
This question reminded me of another question that I ask whenever I have the chance to teach about these statements of faith that fill the Presbyterian Book of Confessions: are the confessions historic or contemporary?
Last week I was glad to visit Cascades Presbytery, which invited me to lead a pre-presbytery workshop on the Nicene Creed, to give a summary of that workshop during the actual presbytery meeting, and to preach. During the workshop, I gave some background to the Creed, which is the most widely used statement of faith throughout all branches of Christianity, and which was written in response to heretical claims that Jesus was not actually God, but rather a part of creation.