What We Believe
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Our VISION STATEMENT
We gather as a congregation to love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus Christ.
We will love God…
- by worshiping Him with our whole hearts.
- by growing in our relationship with Him.
- by serving Him as we have been gifted by the Holy Spirit.
- by honoring and respecting the authority of His Word, the Bible.
We will love others…
- by gathering regularly for mutual encouragement.
- by treating each other with integrity and mutual respect.
- by helping each other with prayer, godly counsel and material support.
- by reaching out to others beyond our fellowship with the gospel message and deeds of compassion.
We will make disciples of Jesus Christ…
- by making our fellowship a welcoming environment for people who are not yet believers in Christ.
- by frequently inviting people to receive Christ as Savior and Lord.
- by supporting the proclamation of the gospel locally and throughout the world.
- by encouraging each other to be in at least one mentoring relationship or disciple-building group.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
This church acknowledges as its sole head, Jesus Christ, the son of God and the Savior of man. It acknowledges as brothers in Christ all who share this confession. It looks to the Word of God (the Scriptures), and to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world. It claims as its own the faith of the historic church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the church in each generation to make this faith its own. In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two Sacraments; Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion.
- We confess our faith in the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We confess that Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man. Because our sin and estrangement from God, at the Father’s bidding the Son of God took on flesh. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, He became like us in all things apart from sin. He died on the cross to atone for our sin and reconcile us to God and on the third day rose bodily from the dead. He is the sole head of the church, the Lord and Savior to us all, and will one day return in the glory, power, and judgment to usher in the kingdom of God in its fullness.
- We hold that the Bible is the written Word of God, the infallible rule of faith and practice of the church of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures have binding authority on all people. All other sources of knowing stand under the judgment of the Word of God.
- We affirm that the central content of the scriptures is the gospel of reconciliation and redemption through the atoning sacrifice of Christ and His glorious resurrection from the grave. The good news is that we are saved by the grace of God alone, the grace revealed and fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus Christ, which is received only by faith. Yet this faith does not remain alone but gives rise to works of piety, mercy, and justice. The Holy Spirit, who spoke through the prophets and apostles, calls us today, as in the past, to seek justice and peace for all races, tongues, and nations.
- We confess as our own, the faith embodied in the great ecumenical and reformation creeds and confessions, finding them in basic conformity with the teaching of the Holy Scriptures.
- We confess that the mission of the church is to bear witness to God’s law and gospel in our words and deeds. We are sent into the world as disciples of Christ to glorify God in every area of life and to bring all peoples into submission to the Lordship of Christ, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We seek to obey this commission in the full assurance that our Lord and Savior is with us always, even to the end of the age.
ASSOCIATION WITH THE CONSERVATIVE CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE
The United Church of Huntington is a member of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC). For more information about the CCCC, please visit their website at www.ccccusa.com.