This week, we continue our series on the PC(USA) Book of Confessions with a look at the Scots Confession. Last week, we explored our earliest, most elementary creed, The Apostles Creed. The Scots Confession puts a lot of meat on the bones of the the earlier creeds, and fleshes out what the sixteenth century Scottish church believed. John Knox, the father of Presbyterianism, was the primary author of this creed. It was written at the bequest of the Scottish Parliament as a counterpoint to catholicism and Papal rule during a time of great political and religious turmoil in Scotland. Many of our creeds were formed during bloody and contentious times, or as a result of great suffering and rebirth. There was a great deal at stake as our ancestors in the faith took to the task of articulating what we believe.
If you are interested in learning more about John Knox and the times of intrigue and peril (assassination, dueling foreign powers, arrest, and power plays), click here. Whether you choose to click or not to click, what I want you to remember is — during times of crisis, the reformed church takes time to rearticulate who it understands God to be and who we are in light of that understanding. (This seems so relevant to me during these crazy days.)
We will use the prophet Hosea as a launching point for exploring the creed. Hosea uses a metaphor of a marriage throughout his proclamation. The Scots Confession picks up on similar themes, using the words “cleave, faith, worship, and trust” to anchor us in a committed life of fidelity with God.
You can find more information on the confessions than we’ll be able to cover in worship in our Book of Confessions, which offers a handy preface to each document.
Scripture: Hosea 2:14-23
Reflection: “Leave it to Cleaver”
Confession of the Week: The Scots Confession
May you hold onto faith in these turbulent times and trust that God is holding on to you.