Statement of Faith

United Church of Christ

(Adapted by the First Congregational Church, UCC, Columbus)

 

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, Father to our Lord Jesus Christ and our God, and to whose deeds we testify:

 

God calls the worlds into being,

        creates us in the divine image,

        and sets before us the ways of life and death.

 

God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

 

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,

        God has come to us

        and shared our common lot,

        conquering sin and death

        and reconciling the world to the Creator.

 

The Holy Spirit has descended upon us,

        creating and renewing the Church of Jesus Christ,

        binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

 

God calls us into the Church

        to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,

        to be servants in the service of others,

        to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of             evil,

        to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table,

        to join him in his passion and victory.

 

God promises to all who witness in faith,

        forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace,

        courage in the struggle for justice and peace,

        God’s holy presence in trial and rejoicing,

        and eternal life in that dominion which has no end.

 

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God. Amen.

 

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