The Book of Confessions

The Book of Confessions is a collection of historical statements, or creeds, that proclaim what the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) believes. It is volume I of our constitution, and not only reminds us of our past, but serves as a guide for our future. Despite the importance of the Confessions, all are subservient to the authority of the Bible. The Book of Confessions contains the following creeds and confessions:

    • The above creedal statements are found in The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); Part I: Book of Confessions; published by The Office of the General Assembly, Louisville, KY; © 1996. The Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds the copyright to the underlying text of the links located at this site. The texts are currently presented under a blanket permission granted to sessions, presbyteries, and synods of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by the publisher.

    • Hard copies should not be printed out but obtained instead for a nominal fee from Distribution Management Services (DMS), 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396 Phone: (800) 524-2612, or may be purchased from the PC(USA) web site, .

    • Wherever there are introductions and other comments made about the creeds, they rely heavily on Dr. Jack Rogers' book Presbyterian Creeds: A Guide to the Book of Confessions, which may be purchased in the bookstore on this site. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about the history, development, and meaning of the Creeds.

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