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2018. Spring. Week 2. Part 1

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Bernard Ayoola

on 22 January 2018

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Sixteenth Century Lowlands or Netherlands
Reformed "Accent"

How would the trials & struggles of life affect my faith in God and my interpretation of God's Word?
Belgic Confession:
Week 2, pt. 1
Guido de Bres (1552-1567)
1522: Born in Mons, Southwestern Belgium
Student of John Calvin and Theodore Beza
C. 1559-1561: Served as a traveling Reformed preacher, preaching in Germany and Geneva and the Low Countries.
1561: Bres prepared the Belgic Confession
1562: The BC was sent to King Philip II
1566: BC text was revised at Antwerp Synod
1567: De Bres was martyred at Valenciennes
1618-19: Text revised and adopted at Synod of Dort
"The readiness of de Bres to establish the sanity and balance of Reformed principles is largely due to his fear of being tared with the same brush applied to Anabaptists" (Plantinga, A Place to Stand, 38)
Distinctive Features
Reformed Accent
We believe that this good God,
after creating all things,
did not abandon them to chance or fortune
but leads and governs them
in such a way that nothing happens in this world
without God's orderly arrangement ...
Dear Catherine ...
...If the Lord had wished us to live together longer, He could easily have caused it so to be. But such was not His pleasure. Let His good will be done then, and let that suffice for all reason. Moreover, consider that I have not fallen into the hands of my enemies by chance, but by the providence of my God, which guides and governs all things small as well as great ...
Yours, Guido de Bres
The [Belgic] Confession is recognized as one of the best official summaries of Reformed doctrine (Our Faith, 25)
Image used by permission: Fresheneesz - en:Image:The Low Countries.png, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1785585

The Belgic Confession is a highly Calvinistic document that breathes the spirit of courage in persecution. It must be understood in its context of persecution in the Netherlands
(Plantinga, A Place to Stand, 39)
to demonstrate that the Reformed faith was in accord with the teaching of Scripture.
to persuade rulers/readers that the Reformed faith was consistent with the historic faith of the Christian church
to distinguish the Reformed faith from that of the Anabaptists.
not written to address any particular doctrinal error
presents a comprehensive statement of the Christian and Reformed faith
Art. 13: The Doctrine of God's Providence
... This doctrine gives us unspeakable comfort since it teaches us that nothing can happen to us by chance but only by the arrangement of our gracious heavenly Father, who watches over us with fatherly care, sustaining all creatures under his lordship ...

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