What We Believe

The booklet entitled “About the United Church of Christ…a guide to more effective church membership” states the United Church of Christ believes in:

AUTHORITY of the SCRIPTURES – The Bible is the ultimate rule of faith and practice.

DOCTRINAL FREEDOM – Different covenants and confessions of faith are accepted in different congregations.

CHRISTIAN UNITY – All Christians are brothers and sisters in Christ and must help each other.

THE TRINITY – Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit are one God.

GOD – Acting in love, God is ever active in the world.

JESUS CHRIST – In Christ, the only head of the church, God has come, conquering sin and reconciling the world to Divine Love.

THE HOLY SPIRIT – God sent the Holy Spirit as the Eternal One’s continuing presence and activity in the world.

THE CHURCH – The church consists of a group of people united in Christ through worship, work and witness.

SALVATION – Forgiveness, grace and eternal life are promised to all who have faith.

BEARING WITNESS – Member must be disciples, in word and in deed – the strength of their faith.

REDEFINING FAITH – Each generation is responsible for rethinking its beliefs, as God’s word unfolds and conditions change.

SERVING OTHERS – The mission of the church is to work for justice for all and to

establish God’s rule in the world.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty,

   creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

   and born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate;

   he was crucified, died, and was buried.

He went to the dead.

On the third day he rose again,

   entered into heaven,

   and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

   the holy catholic church,

   the communion of saints,

   the forgiveness of sins,

   the resurrection of the body,

   and the life eternal.  Amen

            

 

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