Faith is meant to be professed, shouted from the mountain tops (Matthew 5:14). It is a faith which is passed along from one generation to the next (1 Corinthians 11:23 ; 15:1-2). It is delivered and received. We Christians today want to confess the same faith which the early Church confessed. To do that, we must look to the original teachings (i.e. the prophetic and apostolic writings of the Old and new Testaments) and test all “new” teachings we hear against what has already been delivered and received in Scripture (John 5:39 ; Acts 17:11). Another way to think of the word “confess” is that in our confession of faith we are saying the same things God has already said in His Word.