What I believe…
In the beginning, Our God created life. As part of his creation, we were created to be in communion with God and one another. Because God loved us, he did not force us to reciprocate his love. We chose to reject the love and communion which God gave to us in exchange for our own self-serving wills, called sin. As a result, our sin has destroyed the relationship we were created to have – communion with God and one another. But God, in his rich grace, mercy, and love, still pursued a relationship with us. God began this pursuit by redeeming the people of Israel from which God himself would come from, in the flesh, as the Son, Jesus the Messiah. In Jesus, God has sought to restore the communion that our sin destroyed by removing the sin through the death of Jesus on the cross. Though buried among the dead, God raised Jesus from death assuring the world that in Jesus the Messiah was true life, eternal life that could never be destroyed again.
By faith we accepted God’s gift of redemption, repented of our sins and surrendered our life in the waters of baptism to Jesus who is our Lord and Savior. In turn, God has made us his people, the church, along with everyone else who follows Jesus as Lord and Savior. We are the church where communion with God and one another is a reality – the new reality – once again. God has left us his Spirit as both a promise of our salvation and the source of God’s power in us as we live out this new reality. We wait for the day when Jesus will come again as he promised. In the meantime, because we belong to a new reality and life, we live out this story as a proclamation to the world that in Jesus the Messiah, God is victorious over all sin, darkness, and death.
This is what I believe. It is the story that I believe scripture to be telling, the story that’s been passed down throughout Christian history. It is the story I am trying to be a part of, to participate in and lead others to participate in as well.
No, this is not a creed or confession and I would never want it to be either. Could I be wrong? Sure, just as much as anyone.
So I continue to be a student of scripture, continue to listen to the voices of Christianity’s past and present in hopes that God will use me to pass on what has been passed on to me.
This is what I believe!