The Uniting Church’s beliefs are drawn from the Bible and from the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. The church also takes heed of the Reformation Witness in the Scots Confession of Faith (1560), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647), the Savoy Declaration (1658) and of the preaching of John Wesley in his Forty-four Sermons (1793). It affirms the place of ongoing theological, literary, historical and scientific study. The church’s foundational document, the Basis of Union, brings together aspects of these writings and traditions and sets out the church’s way of living and being.