Faith Statement

What is written below is common in Protestant circles; a “faith statement” to show where an individual / organization stands on various issues. Although I still believe that what I wrote, if I were asked for a faith statement today I would point to the Creeds of the Church, which can be found here and here. My statement below is valid inasmuch as it coheres with what the Church teaches.

I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth. (Genesis 1:1) All of Creation is the work of His hands; and all of it was created through Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-3) We were created to bear His image and are entrusted with the care of the Father’s creation. (Genesis 1:27-28) This same Father God created, enacted and sustains a plan for us and for our salvation through Abraham, our spiritual father. (Genesis 12:3, Romans 4:16)

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord. This Jesus became flesh, the ultimate expression of the love the Father bears for all the world. (John 3:16) He was conceived by the Holy Spirit; and He was born of the Virgin Mary, with whom all Christians rejoice. (Luke 1:26-55) Jesus chose a humble, lowly life though by birth He inherited the kingship and promises made to David. (II Samuel 7:12-13) More than that, Jesus Christ was and is “light of light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father.” (The Nicene Creed)

Jesus suffered the world’s cruelest form of torture under Pontius Pilate. He was crucified, died, and was buried. (Matthew 27) He descended to the dead. Yet the grave could not hold Him; for on the third day he rose from the dead and later ascended into heaven. (Mark 16) Now he is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead. (Revelation 20:11-15)

I believe in the Holy Spirit, which fills and animates the Church, the Body of Christ, bound by faith to Him as His bride. (Acts 5:32, II Corinthians 11:2) Through the Church, Christians are members of a universal communion of saints, who live even beyond the call of the grave to praise Him and lift prayers before God’s throne. (Revelation 4:10-11, 5:8) Christ, through the forgiveness of sins and the resurrection of the dead, grants to us this life everlasting. (I Corinthians 6:9-11)

All these truths are attested to in the infallible Bible, God’s revelation to us; and also in the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed, ecumenical creeds of the Church; and so with them I say, “Amen.”

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