Confession

Of

Faith

 

 

1984

 

"For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life."

(Gospel of John 3:16)  

 

 

Outline Of The Confession Of Faith, 1984

 

 

1.00 God Speaks to the Human Family

  • The Living God,

  • The Holy Scriptures,

  • God's Will,

  • Creation, Providence,

  • The Law of God

 

2.00 The Human Family Breaks Relationship with God

  • Human Freedom,

  • The Abuse of Freedom

 

3.00 God Acts Through Jesus Christ to Reconcile the World

  • God's Covenant,

  • Christ the Savior

 

4.00 God Acts Through the Holy Spirit

  • The Call and Work of the Holy Spirit,

  • Repentance and Confession,

  • Saving Faith,

  • Justification,

  • Regeneration and Adoption,

  • Sanctification and Growth in Grace,

  • Preservation of Believers,

  • Christian Assurance

 

5.00 God Creates the Church for Mission

  • The Church,

  • Christian Communion,

  • Christian Worship,

  • Sacraments,

  • Baptism,

  • The Lord's Supper,

  • The Church in Mission,

  • Church Government,

  • Church Judicatories

 

6.00 Christians Live and Witness in the World

  • Christian Freedom,

  • Good Works,

  • Christian Stewardship,

  • Marriage and the Family,

  • The Lord's Day,

  • Lawful Oaths and Vows,

  • Civil Government

 

7.00 God Consummates All Life and History

  • Death and Resurrection,

  • Judgment and Consummation

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1.00 GOD SPEAKS TO THE HUMAN FAMILY

 

The Living God

1.01 We believe in the only true and living God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; who is holy love, eternal, unchangeable in being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

 

1.02 The one living God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity, speaks through the holy scriptures, the events of nature and history, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, but uniquely in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

 

1.03 By word and action God invites persons into a covenant relationship. God promises to be faithful to the covenant and to make all who believe his people. All who respond with trust and commitment to God's invitation find the promise sure and rejoice in being members of God's people, the covenant community.

The Holy Scriptures

 

1.04 God's words and actions in creation, providence, judgment, and redemption are witnessed to by the covenant community in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. *

 

1.05 God inspired persons of the covenant community to write the scriptures.  In and through the scriptures God speaks about creation, sin, judgment, salvation, the church and the growth of believers. The scriptures are the infallible rule of faith and practice, the authoritative guide for Christian living.

 

1.06 God's word spoken in and through the scriptures should be understood in the light of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The authority of the scriptures is founded on the truth contained in them and the voice of God speaking through them.

 

1.07 In order to understand God's word spoken in and through the scriptures, persons must have the illumination of God's own Spirit. Moreover, they should study the writings of the Bible in their historical settings, compare scripture with scripture, listen to the witness of the church throughout the centuries, and share insights with others in the covenant community.

 

Old Testament

New Testament

 

6.32 God gives the message and ministry of reconciliation to the church. The church, corporately and through her individual members, seeks to promote reconciliation, love, and justice among all persons, classes, races, and nations.

 

7.00 GOD CONSUMMATES ALL LIFE AND HISTORY

 

Death and Resurrection

7.01 Death is both a spiritual and physical reality. Therefore the church has the privilege and duty to proclaim that in Jesus Christ, God acts to redeem persons from bondage to death both in spirit and body.

 

7.02 Those who have been regenerated in Christ live with joyful and confident expectation that after death their redemption will be complete in the resurrection of the body.

 

7.03 As in regeneration the whole person is resurrected to new life in Christ, so in the resurrection of the dead the whole person is raised to live in and enjoy the presence of God forever.

 

7.04 Believers are assured of having passed from the death of sin into life with God. They confidently await full redemption without fear of judgment. Thanks be to God who gives this victory through the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Judgment and Consummation

7.05 The judgment of God is both present and future. Persons experience God's judgment in many forms, including broken relationships with God and others, the guilt and consequences of their own actions, and the sense of anxiety that comes from lack of confidence in God's faithfulness and the purpose of life.

 

7.06 God's judgment is experienced in history in the freedom of persons and nations to choose to engage in such evils as war, civil strife, slavery, oppression, destruction of natural resources, and political and economic exploitation. God abhors all such acts which cause needless suffering and death.

 

7.07 God's judgment transcends this life, ever standing against all human attempts to deny dependence on God and to live without repentance, faith, and love. Those who reject God's salvation in Jesus Christ remain alienated from God and in hopeless bondage to sin and death, which is hell.

 

7.08 In the consummation of history, at the coming of Jesus Christ, the kingdoms of the world shall become the kingdom of the Lord and of the Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.

 

 

 

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