the Word, or Son of God, which was made very man.
Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from everlasting of the
Father, the very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father,
took man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance:
so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and
manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided,
is one Christ, very God and very man, who truly suffered, was
dead, and buried, to reconcile His Father to us, and to be a sacrifice,
not only for original guilt, but also for all actual sins of men.
the going down of Christ into Hell.
Christ died for us, and was buried, so also is it to be believed that
went down into Hell.
the Resurrection of Christ.
did truly rise again from death, and took again His body, with flesh,
and all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature,
He ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until He return to judge all
men at the last day.
Works before Justification.
done before the grace of Christ and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus
Christ, neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or (as the
authors say) deserve grace of congruity: yea, rather for that they are
not done as God hath willed and commanded them to be done, we doubt not
but they have the nature of sin.
Christ alone without Sin.
in the truth of our nature was made like unto us in all things, sin
except, from which He was clearly void, both in His flesh and in His
He came to be the lamb without spot, Who by sacrifice of Himself once
should take away the sins of the world: and sin, as S. John saith, was
not in Him. But all we the rest, although baptized and born again in
yet offend in many things: and if we say we have no sin, we deceive
and the truth is not in us.
obtaining eternal salvation only by the name of Christ.
also are to be had accursed that presume to say that every man shall be
saved by the law or sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to
frame his life according to that law and the light of nature. For Holy
Scripture doth set out to us only the name of Jesus Christ, whereby men
must be saved.
Deity and Humanity of Christ
Christ as the second Person of the Godhead is eternally one with God
Father of Whose Person and glory He is the accurate expression. To
man He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, so
that two whole and perfect natures, the nature of God and the nature of
man, were united in one Person; truly God and truly man.
Atonement for the Sin of Man
order to redeem mankind from the guilt, penalty and power of sin, Jesus
Christ became man and died a sacrificial death as our representative
By His resurrection, God's acceptance of His atoning death was
This atonement is sufficient for the whole world but effective only in
those who receive it. The sinner is justified and reconciled to God,
through any personal merit but solely on the basis of God's gracious
of salvation in Jesus Christ received through faith.
the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God; we believe in His
birth, in His sinless life, in
miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily
in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His constant
and in His imminent return;
the person and work of the Holy Spirit with His fruits and gifts
in the Church
AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those
who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit,
the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.
Lord Jesus Christ
Christ, the Son of God, is our Lord and Saviour and we worship Him in
and truth. He's alive and He's awesome! It is our desire to serve Him
all our might. We are not special people, only people who love a
God. The God we serve has an incredible love for every person on Planet
Earth and it is His sacrificial love for every person that is our
and pattern for living.
believe that Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly God. He is Jesus, that
is, the Savior and Christ, the Lord's Anointed, a Son not created of
substance, as is the case with us, but a Son begotten of the very
of the Father before all time, and thus consubstantial with the Father.
He is also truly man, like us in every respect, except sin. The denial
either of His divinity or of His humanity constitutes a denial of His
and of our salvation. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father. The
of the Church about the procession of the Holy Spirit was confirmed by
the Second Ecumenical Council, which added to the Creed the following
"And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who
from the Father." The Church is the holy institution founded by our
Jesus Christ for the salvation of men, bearing his holy sanction and
and composed of men having one and the same faith, and partaking of the
same sacraments. It is divided into the clergy and laity. The clergy
their descent by uninterrupted succession from the Apostles and through
them from our Lord Jesus Christ. The Church is ONE because our Lord
Christ founded not many, but only one Church; HOLY because her aim, the
sanctification and salvation of her members through the sacraments, is
holy; CATHOLIC because she is above local limitations; and APOSTOLIC
she was "built upon the foundation of the Apostles, Jesus Christ
being the cornerstone" (Eph. 2:20). The Head of the Church is our Lord,
Christ, The Only Saviour Of Man
Saviour of men, the Lord Jesus Christ, conceived of the Holy Spirit,
of the virgin Mary, very God and very man. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18;
confess Jesus Christ
Lord and God;
truly human, born of the virgin Mary;
Servant, sinless, full of grace and truth;
only Mediator and Saviour, dying on the cross in our place,
us to God, redeeming us from the grip, guilt and
Victor over Satan and all his forces,
from death with a glorious body, being taken up to be with his
one day returning personally in glory and judgement to establish
BUILT UPON THE ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Uniting Church acknowledges that the faith and unity of the Holy
and Apostolic Church are built upon the one Lord Jesus Christ. The
preaches Christ the risen crucified One and confesses him as Lord to
glory of God the Father. In Jesus Christ "God was reconciling the world
to himself" (2 Corinthians 5:19 RSV). In love for the world, God gave
Son to take away the world's sin.
of Nazareth announced the sovereign grace of God whereby the poor in
could receive God's love. Jesus himself, in his life and death, made
response of humility, obedience and trust which God had long sought in
vain. In raising him to live and reign, God confirmed and completed the
witness which Jesus bore to God on earth, reasserted claim over the
of creation, pardoned sinners, and made in Jesus a representative
of a new order of righteousness and love. To God in Christ all people
called to respond in faith. To this end God has sent forth the Spirit
people may trust God as their Father, and acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
whole work of salvation is effected by the sovereign grace of God alone.
Church as the fellowship of the Holy Spirit confesses Jesus as Lord
its own life; it also confesses that Jesus is Head over all things, the
beginning of a new creation, of a new humanity. God in Christ has given
to all people in the Church the Holy Spirit as a pledge and foretaste
that coming reconciliation and renewal which is the end in view for the
whole creation. The Church's call is to serve that end: to be a
of reconciliation, a body within which the diverse gifts of its members
are used for the building up of the whole, an instrument through which
Christ may work and bear witness to himself. The Church lives between
time of Christ's death and resurrection and the final consummation of
things which Christ will bring; the Church is a pilgrim people, always
on the way towards a promised goal; here the Church does not have a
city but seeks one to come. On the way Christ feeds the Church with
and Sacraments, and it has the gift of the Spirit in order that it may
not lose the way.
VIII. Of Christ the Mediator.
It pleased God, in his eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord
his only-begotten Son, to be the Mediator between God and men, the
priest, and king; the head and Savior of the Church, the heir or all
and judge of the world; unto whom he did, from all eternity, give a
to be his seed, and to be by him in time redeemed, called, justified,
The Son of God, the second Person in the Trinity, being very and
God, of one substance, and equal with the Father, did, when the
of time was come, take upon him man's nature, with all the essential
and common infirmities thereof; yet without sin: being conceived by he
power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, of her
So that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures, the Godhead and the
were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion,
or confusion. Which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ,
only Mediator between God and man.
The Lord Jesus in his human nature thus united to the divine, was
and anointed with the Holy Spirit above measure; having in him all the
treasures of wisdom and knowledge, in whom it pleased the Father that
fullness should dwell: to the end that being holy, harmless, undefiled,
and full of grace and truth, he might be thoroughly furnished to
the office of a Mediator and Surety. Which office he took not unto
but was thereunto called by his Father; who put
power and judgment into his hand, and gave him commandment to execute
This office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake, which, that he
might discharge, he was made under the law, and did perfectly fulfill
endured most grievous torments immediately in his soul, and most
sufferings in his body; was crucified and died; was buried, and
under the power of death, yet saw no corruption. On the third day he
from the dead, with the same body in which he suffered; with which also
he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of his
making intercession; and shall return to judge men and angels, at the
of the world.
The Lord Jesus, by his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself,
he through the eternal Spirit once offered up unto God, hath fully
the justice of his Father; and purchased not only reconciliation, but
everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for all those whom
Father hath given unto him.
Although the work of redemption was not actually wrought by Christ till
after his incarnation, yet the virtue, efficacy, and benefits thereof
communicated into the elect, in all ages successively from the
of the world, in and by those promises, types, and sacrifices wherein
was revealed, and signified to be the seed of the woman, which should
head, and the Lamb slain from the beginning of the world, being
and today the same and for ever.
Christ, in the work of mediation, acteth according to both natures; by
each nature doing that which is proper to itself; yet by reason of the
unity of the person, that which is proper to one nature is sometimes,
Scripture, attributed to the person denominated by the other nature.
To all those for whom Christ hath purchased redemption, he doth
and effectually apply and communicate the same; making intercession for
them, and revealing unto them, in and by the Word, the mysteries of
effectually persuading them by his Spirit to believe and obey; and
their hearts by his Word and Spirit; overcoming all their enemies by
almighty power and wisdon, in such manner and ways as are most
to his wonderful and unsearchable dispensation.
XIV. Of Saving Faith.
The grace of faith, whereby the elect are enabled to believe to the
of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts;
is ordinarily wrought by the ministry of the Word: by which also, and
the administration of the sacraments, and prayer, it is increased and
By this faith, a Christian believeth to be true whatesoever is revealed
in the Word, for the authority of god himself speaking therein; and
differently, upon that which each particular passage thereof
yielding obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and
embracing the promises of God for this life, and that which is to come.
But the principle acts of saving faith are, accepting, receiving, and
upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life,
by virtue of the covenant of grace.
This faith is different in degrees, weak or strong; may be often and
ways assailed and weakened, but gets the victory; growing up in many to
the attainment of a full assurance through Christ, who is both the
and finisher of our faith.