What We Believe at Murphys First Congregational Church
WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
We believe that our differences add to our richness and strength. We are not a creedal or dogmatic church, yet there is unity in our fellowship under God.
We believe in God as creator, God who seeks in holy love to save people from aimlessness and separation. Our faith is shaped by the understanding that God came in Jesus to share our human experience.
We strongly uphold the worth and dignity of individuals and seek to be an inclusive fellowship, breaking down human-made walls that divide.
As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, we share the basic beliefs of that denomination, which are summarized in the following Statement of Faith.
We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:
You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image, and set before each one the ways of life and death.
You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.
You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, 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.
You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you.