So you think I should read about the doctrine of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church do you? Really?
Fewer than 1% are likely to take a serious look at one of the most fantastic encapsulations of God being at work in his creation. The Cumberland Presbyterian Confession of Faith (COF) begins with the gospel in miniature, that is, with John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
The Confession of Faith is a statement of what Cumberland Presbyterians believe. Most people that attend Cumberland Presbyterian worship have probably not read the Confession of Faith—at least not start to finish. Classes on the COF seldom draw a crowd.
What to do?
How about a homiletic rendering of the Confession of Faith?
Without a line-for-line review of the COF, this sermon series hits the essence of each topical section of the basic theology of Cumberland Presbyterians. Each article offers a chance for comments and discussion.
FIRST THINGS FIRST! The first thing that you will want to do is bookmark this page so you may come back to whenever you desire. You might also copy and paste the links below to a location that is easy to access.
Let's begin in the beginning:
1.00 GOD SPEAKS TO THE HUMAN FAMILY
2.00 THE HUMAN FAMILY BREAKS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
3.00 GOD ACTS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST TO RECONCILE THE WORLD
4.00 GOD ACTS THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT
5.00 GOD CREATES THE CHURCH FOR MISSION
6.00 CHRISTIANS LIVE AND WITNESS IN THE WORLD
7.00 GOD CONSUMMATES ALL LIFE AND HISTORY
For further consideration: Res Judicata
Read the entire Confession of Faith.
What is the purpose of the Confession of Faith?
It has a stated two-fold purpose. First, it is to provide a means whereby those who have been saved, redeemed, and reconciled by God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit understand and affirm their faith.
Next, it is to bear witness to God’s saving activity in such a way that those who have not been saved, redeemed, and reconciled might believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and experience salvation.
That’s mighty fancy language. Can you put it another way?
The Confession of Faith is an affirmation of ancient truth in contemporary language.
Does the COF have an organizing principle?
Yes. It is to testify to what God has done and is doing in the world to accomplish the redemption of his children by telling the story that the Bible tells the way the Bible tells it.
Does the COF have any impact on God’s people or the church?
There is a direct relationship between the church’s confession of faith and her life and witness as a people in covenant with God and each other. The faith of the church orders and shapes the life of the people of God—their mission, their government, their worship, and the orderly conduct of the church’s affairs.
Do Cumberland Presbyterians worship the COF?
No. We worship God.
Does the COF replace the Bible?
No. The COF should clarify many biblical accounts and make the reader hungry to read and understand more of God’s word.
Do all denominations have a Confession of Faith?
No. Different denominations observe different traditions in professing what they believe.