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What we believe

Important Beliefs

six:eight is a ministry of the United Church of Christ (UCC) a mainline congregation with roots in the Congregationalist, Christian and German Evangelical and Reformed Traditions.

In the UCC, we have a strong tradition of covenant theology and freedom of conscience. Covenant theology means that the church as a community is held together not based on everybody believing the same thing, but on people coming together in agreement that we want to be/God calls us to be a community. The covenant among the people of a congregation is based on God’s covenant with us – a gift of relationship that God freely offers us. Freedom of conscience is the recognition that each person has the right and responsibility to work out their beliefs for themselves.

So, with that in mind, this is the UCC Statement of Faith. It’s not a creed in the sense that if you don’t believe some part of it, you’re not “in.” It’s more like the top of the bell curve for the UCC – most of us can say, “Yes, I believe most of those things,” but there are plenty of outliers, too, and that is just fine.

 

United Church of Christ Statement of Faith—adapted by Robert V. Moss

We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:

God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.

God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.

God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table,to join him in his passion and victory.

God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God.

Amen.