THE APOSTLE'S CREED
We view the faith expressed in the Apostle’s Creed as illuminating the essentials of the Christian faith:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from where he shall come 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 everlasting. Amen.
THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST
It is Jesus Christ who is at the heart of our gathered life together. It is Jesus Christ to whom the whole of Scripture points us. It is Jesus Christ who redeems us, making us new and making us right with God. It is Jesus Christ who calls us together for worship, for ministry, and for life.
THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the authoritative witness to Jesus Christ. There we find guidance for our life and mission as a church. In the Scriptures, we discover God, for there God makes himself known to us. In the Scriptures, God speaks to us by his Spirit, answering with authority our every question about himself, about humanity, and about the life God has for us. It is in the Scriptures that we find our final authority for all of life and faith.
RELATIONAL QUALITY OF THE LIFE OF FAITH
God calls us into a relationship with Himself, through faith in Jesus Christ. He sends his Spirit to live in us, to gift us, empower us, and guide us for life and ministry. It is in relationship that we live out the Christian life together. God places us into a relationship of loving acceptance and caring service with each other and sends us into the world with grace and compassion.