The Necessity of Creeds in the Life of the Church

Prince George's Conference on Reformed Theology 2022

 

Speakers

Craig Carter
J.V. Fesko
 

Date

September 23-24, 2022

Location

Greenbelt Baptist Church
101 Greenhill Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

 


Schedule l Speaker Biographies l Hotel Information

 

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Conference Description

September 23-24, 2022, the first-ever Prince George’s Conference on Reformed Theology will be devoted to the theme of The Necessity of Creeds in the Life of the Church. Craig Carter and J.V. Fesko, along with local pastor Chris Spano, will devote five sessions to the need for and importance of creeds (with a specific focus on the Creed of Nicea, the Nicene Creed, and the Definition of Chalcedon) in local churches.

A popular cliché parroted among many evangelical Christians today is that they have no creed but the Bible, an explicit claim that there is no need for creeds or confessions in the life of the Church or as part of a Christian’s spiritual walk. Yet creeds have been an inescapable part of the life of Christ’s Church since the time of the Apostles! Paul writes to the Romans, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).

“Creed,” from the Latin credo, means “I believe.” Not belief in the modern, vague, and mystic sense – mere belief for belief’s sake. It is the very heart of Christian belief: God, as revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ, and illuminated to us by the Holy Spirit and through the Scriptures. Who we believe in and what we believe about Him matters, and Christians have cherished the importance of this for millennia, formalizing their faith in creeds.

Sadly, the Church today has lost sight of why creeds matter; she has lost sight of her need for creeds. And this is to her detriment. Join us this September as we rediscover the beauty and necessity of creeds in the life of the Church.


Schedule   

Friday, September 23, 2022

6:00 PM  Registration
7:00 PM  The Necessity of Creeds in the Life of the Church, J.V. Fesko

Saturday, September 24, 2022

8:00 AM  Late registration and continental breakfast
9:00 AM  The Necessity of the First Nicene Creed, Chris Spano
10:15 AM  The Necessity of the Second Nicene Creed, Craig Carter
11:15 AM  The Necessity of the Definition of Chalcedon, Craig Carter
12:00 PM  Lunch @ local restaurants
2:00 PM  Question & Answer Session
3:15 PM  The Uses, Abuses, and Limits of Creeds in the Life of the Church, J.V. Fesko
4:00 PM  Closing & Benediction


Speaker Biographies

Craig Carter retired from teaching and was appointed Research Professor of Theology at Tyndale University in Toronto, Ontario at the end of 2020. He continues as Theologian in Residence at Westney Heights Baptist Church in Ajax, Ontario, where he has served since 2008. Craig is the author of several books including Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis, and Contemplating God with the Great Tradition: Recovering Trinitarian Classical Theism. An ordained minister in the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches of Canada, Craig is married to Bonnie and they have three adult children and five grandchildren. To relax he likes gardening, camping, hiking, canoeing and reading historical novels. 
J.V. Fesko is professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. An ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, he served as pastor of Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church from 2004 - 2009 when he was called to serve as academic dean and professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California until June of 2019. John has written several books, including The Need for Creeds Today: Confessional Faith in a Faithless AgeReforming Apologetics, and Arminius and the Reformed Tradition: Grace and the Doctrine of Salvation. John and his wife, Anneke, have three children and reside in a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi.

Hotel Information

Sonesta Select
6301 Golden Triangle Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770
$109/night (reserve by 9/2)
Call 301-441-3311 and mention Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals for the block rate.

Cambria Hotel College Park
8321 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
$149/night (reserve by 8/26)
Call 301-595-2600 and mention Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals for the block rate, or click here to reserve your room online.

 

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