WE CONFESS SCRIPTURE ALONE AS AUTHORITATIVE:

WE HOLD TO THE ECUMENICAL CREEDS AND THE REFORMED CONFESSIONS


John Knox Church in Ruston confesses with heart and mouth Scripture alone is the word of God. It is the truth for people to know God and enjoy him. Building on the scripture, we believe the teaching of the Bible is faithfully and accurately summarized in the ecumenical creeds of the historic church: Apostle's Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed. These creeds have been confessed by God's people around the world by every people and tongue for fifteen centuries.

Furthermore, we recognize that scripture is a divine text. While God gave it us to to rightly know him, we confess we are not infallible readers and interpreters. With that humility, we believe the Reformed Confessions accurately summarize the teaching of scripture to help us better know the triune God, how we are to live, and how we are to enjoy him. At John Knox we use the Westminster Confession, Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism. We also cherish some of the older confessions too:The Belgic ConfessionHeidelberg Catechism, and Canons of Dort.

Pastor Chris always jokes that since seven is the 'holy' number, he holds to the seven-forms of unity. That is the six above plus the Second Helvetic Confession.


Denomination

At John Knox we see that the church in the Old Testament and New Testament was intended to be a united church. Paul often stated that the churches are one body united around one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God (Eph 4:3). Also, when controversy or questions arise, the churches work together. We see this in Acts 15 and many, many times in church history. Therefore, we believe it prudent and biblical to be part of a denomination. To see our denominational affiliation see the Presbyterian Church in America's website.