- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Reformed Fellowship, Inc.; First Edition edition (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979367751
- ISBN-13: 978-0979367755
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Heart and Mouth : An Exposition of the Belgic Confession Hardcover – 2008
The Belgic Confession is one of the oldest Reformed confessions, a landmark for churches around the world. Daniel Hyde presents a commentary that is accessible and thorough, a resource for laymen and for ministers. From the back cover: The Belgic Confession contains doctrine that is worth dying for, as its author and many adherents learned all too well. Opponents of the Belgic Confession have put its adherents to death because through this powerful document, the church speaks its prophetic biblical message to the world in which it exists. Yet because this confession of faith has been neglected for far too long in the Reformed churches, author Daniel Hyde offers a necessary, fresh exposition and application of its doctrine in the twenty-first century, with the hope of setting the Reformed churches on fire for their historic Christian, Protestant, and Reformed faith in the midst of a cold and lifeless world. The Belgic Confession is not a systematic theology but the historic and systematic confession of faith by the Reformed churches. With this commentary Danny Hyde has done the Reformed churches a great service by placing our confession in its historical, theological, and ecclesiastical contexts again. By reading it in the light of those contexts, he brings it to life for us in our time. Anyone wishing to understand better the Belgic Confession on its own terms and as it has been received by the Reformed churches must consult this intelligent work. -R. Scott Clark, Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California. It has been a long time since a Belgic Confession commentary of this caliber was last published in English. Biblical, historical, and erudite, Reverend Hyde helps the Confession speak freshly to our day. With Heart and Mouth will be warmly welcomed by pastors called to teach and preach the Belgic Confession. -Wes Bredenhof, Pastor, Langley Canadian Reformed Church, Langley, British Columbia.
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The Belgic Confession was written by Guy de Bres in 1561. De Bres was a pastor in the Netherlands who had previously studied in Geneva under John Calvin. De Bres' intent was to provide a systematic statement of belief, one that demonstrated that orthodox Protestant belief, particularly the theology we know today as Reformed, was thoroughly biblical and consistent with the belief system of the early church, and of no threat to the government. De Bres may have failed in his intended purpose, for he was martyred in 1567, a victim of the persecution he was seeking to end, but the confession he wrote continues to speak vibrantly today. Teaching the 21st century church the relevance of a 16th century confession is the purpose that underlies With Heart and Mouth: An Exposition of the Belgic Confession by Daniel R. Hyde (Grandville, MI: Reformed Fellowship, Inc., 2008).
Hyde takes a systematic, step-by-step approach in his discussion the Confession. He provides an introduction to the setting, theologically and politically, that led to its writing, and he then goes through each of the Confession's 37 Articles.Read more ›
I appreciated how the beliefs outlined in the Confession are supported by many references to passages in the bible so that I can see for myself that the interpreations are accurate. The history behind the Belgic Confession's articles reference many quotes from some key Protestant Reformed Christians which are filled with truth and I found these very interesting and enlightening. I also liked the way the book showed how the Confessions opposed false religious beliefs.
I will be able to use these bible referenes when speaking with people about my beliefs, and I will be able to explain why the Confessions were written this way or what the Reformers were facing at the time the Belgic was written.
I have read other books and commentaries on the Belgic Confession and this book is superior to the others because it is written in an easy-to-understand format and uses terms that even I, a novice, can understand.