What We Believe

Overview

A Brief Statement of Faith [1991]

Other Confessional Statements of the PCUSA

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Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.

The Brief Statement of Faith is distinctive in several respects. Unlike the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, which move directly from Jesus’ birth to his death, the statement emphasizes the significance of Jesus’ ministry in Judea and Galilee. The statement emphasizes gender-inclusiveness. It underscores the role of both men and women in God’s covenant, uses feminine as well as masculine imagery of God, and affirms the ordination of both women and men. The statement also expresses concern for the integrity of God’s creation.

Affirming at its beginning that “In life and in death we belong to God” and, at its end, “that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord,” the statement concludes liturgically with the church’s familiar doxology of praise and thanksgiving.


The Text:


In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.


We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed and blessing the children,
healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners,
and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,
Jesus was crucified,
suffering the depths of human pain
and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised this Jesus from the dead,
vindicating his sinless life,
breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to life eternal.

We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba Father.
In sovereign love God created the world good
and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female,
of every race and people, to live as one community.
But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.
Ignoring God’s commandments,
we violate the image of God in others and ourselves,
accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature,
and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.
We deserve God’s condemnation.
Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.
In everlasting love,
the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people
to bless all families of the earth.
Hearing their cry,
God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage.
Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant.
Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child,
like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home,
God is faithful still.

We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,
and binds us together with all believers
in the one body of Christ, the church.
The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
engages us through the Word proclaimed,
claims us in the waters of baptism,
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.
In a broken and fear world the Spirit give us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
In gratitude to God,
empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live joyful and holy lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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The Nicene Creed, ca AD 325-381, The Apostles’ Creed, ca AD 180-750 [this is the Affirmation of Faith used most often in worship], The Scots’ Confession, 1560, The Heidelberg Catechism, 1563, The Second Helvetic Confession, 1566, The Westminster Confession of Faith, 1646, The Shorter Catechism, 1649, The Longer Catechism, 1649, The Theological Declaration of Barmen, 1934, and The Confession of 1967.

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