UCC DECLARATION OF FAITH

 

SCRIPTURES

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired

by God and inerrant in the original writing. They are the final authority in faith

and life.  (I Tim. 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20-21)

 

THE TRINITY

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy

Spirit - Each being of the same essence and actively involved in creation and

redemption. (Genesis 1:1,2; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:18-19; John 1:1-3; II Cor. 13:14;

Eph. 1:2-6; Col. 1:15-16; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 1:1-3)

 

GOD THE FATHER

We believe that the Father is the first person of the Trinity.  He is the planner,

sustainer, and director of the world.  He is the author of salvation and the father

of His people. (I Chron. 29:11-12; Psalms 100:3; Daniel 2:21; Daniel 4:34-35;

Ephesians 1:3-6; Hebrews 12:5-9)

 

GOD THE SON

We believe that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity is the eternal Son

of God and the virgin born son of Mary.  He lived a sinless life, died on the Cross

as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world, rose bodily from the grave

and ascended into Heaven where he now intercedes on behalf of all believers

and will personally return visibly to establish his worldwide kingdom.  (Matt.

1:18; John 1:1-18; Romans 1:4; Romans 6:4-10; II Cor. 5:17-21; Titus 2:13;

Hebrews 4:14-16; I Peter 2:21-24)

 

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, is God who

executes the divine will and reveals Jesus Christ.  The Spirit was active in the

creation of the universe, the inspiration of the Scripture, the virgin birth of Jesus

Christ and the redemption of mankind.  The Spirit baptizes, indwells, and gifts

every believer. (Gen. 1:2; Matt. 1:18; John 3:5-7; John 16:7-9; I Cor. 3:16-17; I Cor

6:19; I Cor. 12:4-13; Gal. 3:27-29; I Peter 4:10-11; II Peter 1:20-21)

 

MAN

We believe that man was created in the image of God but through choice and

sinful inheritance, became separated from God, under his righteous judgment

and in need of personal redemption.  Every man will face judgment, the

unbeliever will be committed to eternal conscious punishment in hell.  The

believer will enter the eternal state of glory with God. (Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 3:1-19;

Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Revelations 20-22)

 

SATAN

We believe that Satan is a created being who is the declared enemy of God and

man.  He was judged and defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

yet he still seeks to replace God and to destroy mankind.  He will be condemned

to everlasting punishment at the final judgment. (Gen. 3:1-7; John 12:31; II Cor.

11:13-15; Eph. 6:12; Col. 2:13-15; I Peter 5:8; Rev. 12:9-10; Rev. 2:10)

 

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is based on the elective grace of God and was

purchased by Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection, which is to be

proclaimed to all men. This salvation is received by grace through the gift of

faith apart from any human effort and results in the believer’s eternal security.

(John 1:12; John 3:16; John 10:27-29; Rom. 5:8-19; Rom. 8:28-30; Rom. 10:8-13;

Eph. 1:4-5; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:5-6)

 

JUSTIFICATION

Those that God, by His Holy Spirit, supernaturally and effectively calls to

newness of life, He also freely justifies. This He does not by making them

righteous, but by pardoning their sins and by counting and accepting them as

righteous. This acceptance is not for anything worthy that is in them, or done by

them, but for Christ’s sake alone. It is not achieved by faith itself, the act of

believing, or any other obedience from them that can be called a righteous act;

but only by crediting Christ’s active obedience to the whole law, and His passive

obedience in death for their complete and only righteousness. Christ and His

righteousness are therefore received by faith alone. No man has faith by himself;

it is the gift of God. This faith is the sole instrument of justification; yet it is

never alone in the person justified but is always accompanied with all other

saving graces. It is not a dead faith, but always produces fruit as the believer

undergoes the process of sanctification. (Romans 3:21-31, 4:5-8, 5:17-19;

Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; Philippians 3:8-9; James 2:14-26)

 

THE CHURCH

We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately baptized

by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the Church. The members of this

body are directed to associate with local assemblies for the purpose of worship,

fellowship, discipleship evangelism and missions. (Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:18-20;

Acts 1:8; Acts 2:41-47; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 2:19-22; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 10:25)

 

THE SACRAMENTS

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ has ordained two sacramental

observances for His church, namely Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These are

signs and confirmations of the saving grace of God in the work of his son Jesus

Christ. These do not of themselves accomplish the salvation of the participant,

though they are the ordinary means by which the atoning grace of Christ is

indicated and confirmed. These sacraments are commanded by Christ to be

observed by his Church and are to be given their rightful place in the worship

services of UCC. 

*We believe that Christ is in no way present corporeally (physically or bodily) in

the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, but that he is present spiritually and that the

believer truly partakes of him by faith. (1 Cor. 10:16)

*We believe that only those who have made a credible profession of faith in the

person and work of Jesus Christ may be considered members of the covenant

community and are therefore the only proper recipients of the sacrament of

baptism. (Matt. 28:19)

 

ESCHATOLOGY

We believe in the future return of Jesus Christ personally, bodily, and visibly to

establish His kingdom, resurrect the dead, and execute the final judgment of all

people, followed by the creation of a new heaven and a new earth. (Titus 2:13;

Rev. 19:11-19; Rev. 20:11-14; Rev. 21,22)