Confession of Faith

If you’re looking for our beliefs, here is where you’ll find them. We say “confession” because we confess our beliefs, which means they aren’t just things we think; they are public pledges we make to God and each other.

We confess, with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world, and through two millennia, that Jesus of Nazareth is Lord. We worship a person, not a set of beliefs — our beliefs are simply helpful ways of pledging our commitment to him.

We trust the infallible witness of the Bible. It is our authority in all matters of faith and practice. We rely on it for guidance on how to live as a people called by God.

We honor the church’s earliest affirmations of faith (the Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds — see below) inasmuch as they are useful in interpreting the Bible. (For instance, these statements clarify the doctrine of the Trinity — a teaching we find indispensable to faithful discipleship.)

For further information about what we believe, please visit the webpage of the historical movement we affiliate with.

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Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

*This word “catholic” (with a lowercase c) is a general term for unity, not a specific reference to the Roman Catholic Church.