The main teachings of the Bible have been summarized in documents called Creeds and Confessions. Of the many creeds that have appeared throughout the history of the Christian church, we have chosen to adopt six as our own. Three of these creeds have come to us from the time of the early church, namely the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Three more have come to us from the time of the Reformation of the 16th century, namely the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.
We consider these Creeds and Confessions to be faithful summaries of the Word of God. As human documents, however, they possess human authority. Only the Word possesses divine authority. The contents of our Creeds and Confessions are always subject to and to be tested by the standard of the Word.