The Helvetic Confession’s High View of Preaching

“The preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God. Wherefore when this Word of God is now preached … we believe that the very Word of God is proclaimed, and received by the faithful … and that now the Word itself which is preached is to be regarded, not the minister that preaches….”

—The Second Helvetic Confession (Chapter I)

“Concerning the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven which the Lord gave to the apostles … all properly called ministers possess and exercise the keys or the use of them when they proclaim the Gospel; that is, when they teach, exhort, comfort, rebuke, and keep in discipline the people committed to their trust. For in this way they open the Kingdom of Heaven to the obedient and shut it to the disobedient. … Christ’s ministers discharge the office of an ambassador in Christ’s name, as if God himself through ministers exhorted the people to be reconciled to God. … Therefore, they excercise the keys when they persuade [men] to believe and repent. Thus they reconcile men to God. Thus they remit sins.”

—The Second Helvetic Confession (Chapter XIV)

“Ministers, therefore, rightly and effectually absolve when they preach the Gospel of Christ and thereby the remission of sins, which is promised to each one who believes, … and when they testify that it pertains to each one peculiarly. … The remission of sins in the blood of Christ is to be diligently proclaimed, and that each one is to be admonished that the forgiveness of sins pertains to him.”

—The Second Helvetic Confession (Chapter XIV)

CrossWay Milwaukee Baptism Class

The following is a playlist of videos working through CrossWay’s Baptism Class material (updated 11/2020). More videos will be added to the playlist as the class proceeds. 


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The consistent pattern throughout the New Testament is that those who believe in Jesus get baptized. In this way, baptism serves as something of an identifier of those who follow Jesus and have been united to Him by faith. This online video series covers the material from our Baptism Class. If you are a professing believer who has not yet been baptized, we highly encourage you to join us for this class to learn more about baptism and consider taking this step. This class is required at CrossWay for those seeking to be baptized and join the church through baptism.