From the earliest days of the church, Christians have written human summaries of their beliefs (doctrine) in brief statements. The following is a human attempt to summarize the central truths revealed in the Bible which we believe shows unity in Christ and helps to guard the church from error.
We believe that there is only one living and true God, who exists in three distinct persons: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three, the Trinity, are equal in essence and distinct in function.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19
The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to his purpose and pleasure. He has created humanity to bring him glory and honour through His grace. While He is transcendent, He is also actively involved in His creation, offering an eternal relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ.
Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6; 2:1-10
Jesus Christ is both the eternal Son of God and the virgin-born Son of man. Fully God, fully man, He surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. His sinless, sacrificial offering on the cross satisfied the Father’s justice, offering atonement for all humanity’s sins for all time. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His physical ascension, and His return to earth to establish His earthly kingdom.
John 1:14-18; I Corinthians 15; Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 20:11-15
The Holy Spirit
The third person of the Trinity executes the will of God in this world through humanity by leading, guiding, filling, teaching and convicting. The Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force but a person, displaying all the qualities of personhood (intellect, emotions and will). Upon conversion, He equips believers by giving them gifts to be used for the good of the church that will bear fruit throughout their yielded lives.
John 16:5-16; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2:10; John 3:1-8; Ephesians 1:1; Galatians 5:16-25
We were created in the image of God and are destined to enjoy an intimate relationship with God, fulfilling His will here on earth. Sin entered into the world because of Adam and Eve’s willful sin, and has infected all of humanity. Our inherent sinful nature, received from our father Adam, separates us from God, leaving us spiritually dead and destined for physical death and an eternity removed from God.
Genesis 1-3; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3; Romans 5; Ephesians 2:1-3
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that His death, burial and resurrection were the only sacrifice sufficient to offer mankind atonement for its sins. While salvation is available to all, it is only experienced by those who respond to His gracious gift with faith apart from works.
We who respond are regenerated and baptised by the Holy Spirit, becoming children of God, given a new nature and placed within the universal body of Christ, making us eternally secure in Him. As a result of our new relationship with God through His Son Jesus, we are now called to a life of submission to the Holy Spirit, manifesting spiritual fruit, and doing God’s preordained good works.
John 14:6; Titus 3:4-7; Acts 4:12; John 1:12; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:10-12; I John 5:11-13; Galatians 3:26; John 3:16
We believe that every word in the original writings is inspired by God and is without error. The Word of God reveals God’s nature and will to all mankind, and because of this it is the foundation of faith and practice. We affirm that, while Scripture is accurate in all matters, it was never given to be an end in and of itself, but rather as a means to a relationship with God. The teaching of Scripture has a preeminent positions in our church because of this authority.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12; John 17:17
All who place their faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ are part of the universal body of believers known as the church. This placement requires the association of the believer with other followers of Christ in a local assembly.
The purpose of the local church is to lead people to Christ and to bring them to maturity in Christ. The members of the local church should live in humble submission to other Spirit-led believers and to the God appointed leaders of the church.
UCC is an autonomous local assembly led by Jesus Christ, who gives direction through a body of appointed elders.
Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 12-14; Matthew 28-18-20; Ephesians 2:19-22; I Thessalonians 4:15-17
We believe that the next great event in human history will be the return of Jesus Christ for His children. This is the blessed hope of all followers of Jesus Christ. While the return is a prophetic truth of Scripture, we acknowledge that the believer should not passively await this event, but should labour with all his might in the power of the Spirit to fulfill His will in our lives through righteous living, evangelism and discipleship.
After the return of Christ, those who have accepted God’s gracious gift of salvation will worship God forever in heaven. Those who do not will spend an eternity separated from Him in hell.
Matthew 24:36; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; John 14:1-3; Matthew 24-25