A Brief Statement of Faith

  • A Brief Statement of Faith

    In life and death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    The love of God, And the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one
    triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

    We believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:

    preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives,
    teaching by word and deed and blessing the children,
    healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted,
    eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners,
    and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

    Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering
    the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God
    raised Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of
    sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

    We believe in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created
    the world good and makes everyone equally in God's image male and female, of
    every race and people, to live as one community.

    But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God's commandments,
    we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth,
    exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our
    care. We deserve God's condemnation.

    Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love,
    the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of
    the earth.

    Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of
    bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like
    a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to
    welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

    We believe in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
    The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept
    ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers
    in the one body of Christ, the church.

    The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life
    in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us
    in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of
    salvation, and calls us all to be members of the church.

    In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without
    ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask
    idolatries in church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
    and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

    In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our
    daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God's new
    heaven and new earth, praying, Come, Lord Jesus!

    With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in
    death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.