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The Church of Scotland Statement of Faith
The Apostle's Creed
The Nicene Creed
From Philippians Ch2
From 1 Corinthians Ch15
Martin Luther - 1
Martin Luther - 2
Martin Luther - 3
From Ephesians Ch4
From Revelations Ch4
From Revelations Ch4

A statement of Christian Faith - by the Church of Scotland

This statement of Faith was authorised for use in worship and teaching by the General Assembly in 1992.

A Statement of Christian Faith

We believe in one God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
God is love.
We praise God the Father: who created the universe and keeps it in being.
He has made us His sons and daughters
to share his joy,
living together in justice and peace,
caring for His world and for each other.

We proclaim Jesus Christ, God the Son:
born of Mary,
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
He became one of us,
sharing our life and our death.
he made known God's compassion and mercy,
giving hope and declaring forgiveness of sin,
offering healing and wholeness to all.
By His death on the cross and by His resurrection,
He has triumphed over evil.
Jesus is Lord of life and of all creation.

We trust God the Holy Spirit:
who unites us to Christ
and gives life to the church;
who brings us to repentance
and assures us of forgiveness.
The Spirit guides us
in our understanding of the Bible,
renews us in the sacraments,
and calls us to serve God in the world.

We rejoice in the gift of eternal life:
we have sure and certain hope of
resurrection through Christ,
and we look for His coming again
to judge the world.
Then all things will be made new;
and creation will rejoice
in worshipping the Father,
through the Son,
in the power of the Spirit,
One God, blessed for ever.
Amen.





The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.
(The Apostles' Creed).





The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Amen.
(The Nicene Creed).





Philippians 2:6-11

Leader: We proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Congregation: Though he was divine, he did not cling to equality with God, but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave, he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself, and was obedient unto death - even the death of the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high, and given him the name above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.
(Philippians 2:6-11).





1 Corinthians 15:3-7

Leader: Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Congregation: Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day in accordance with the scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe.
Amen.
(1 Corinthians 15:3-7).





Martin Luther - 1

Leader: We proclaim our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Men: I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord.
He is truly God - he has always been the Son of the Father.
Women: He is also a real human being, the Virgin Mary's son.
Men: Jesus rescued me when I was lost and sentenced to death.
Women: He set me free from all my sins, from death, and from the power of the devil.
Men: It cost him more than gold or silver; it cost him his life.
Women: Even though he was holy and innocent, he suffered and died for me.
All: Jesus did this so that I can belong to him, and he can rule over me as my king.
I can live under him and serve him, innocent and happy forever, just as he was raised to life, and lives and rules forever.
This is certainly true.
(from Martin Luther's Small Catechism).





Martin Luther - 2

Leader:We share what we believe about the Holy Spirit:

Men: I believe that on my own I can never come to Jesus Christ my Lord, or believe in him, no matter how hard I try.
But the Holy Spirit has called me to Jesus by the good news about him.
The Spirit has led me to know and trust Jesus, made me holy, and kept me in the Christian faith.
In the same way the Holy Spirit creates the Christian church all over the world.
Women: The Spirit calls people to Jesus, brings them together into the church, leads them to know and trust Jesus, makes them holy, and keeps them with Jesus in the Christian faith.
Men: In the Christian church the Spirit keeps on forgiving all my sins and the sins of everyone who believes in Jesus.
Women: At the end of time the Spirit will raise me to life, together with all who have died, and will give me and all others who believe in Christ eternal life.
All: This is certainly true.
(from Martin Luther's Small Catechism).





Martin Luther - 3

Leader: We share what we hold true about the nature of faith.

Congregation: Faith comes from hearing the good news of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:17).
Faith kills the old sinful self, makes us entirely different people in heart, spirit, mind, and all our powers, and brings the Holy Spirit with it.
Oh, faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, so that it is impossible for it not to be constantly doing what is good.
Likewise, faith does not ask if good works are to be done, but before one can ask, faith has already done them and is constantly active.
(Martin Luther as quoted by the Lutheran Confessions).
Faith is created and perfected by Jesus.
(Hebrews 12:2).





Ephesians 4:4-13

Leader:We share our faith with each other:

Men: There is one body, one Spirit, one hope in God's call:
Women: one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
Men: There is one God, Father of all, over all and in all:
Women: to whom Christ ascended on high.
Men: And through his Spirit he gives us gifts:
Women: some are apostles, some are his prophets.
Men: Evangelists, pastors and teachers he gives us:
Women: so we can minister together
Men: to build up his body:
Women: to be mature in the fulness of Christ.
(Ephesians 4:4-13).





Revelation 4

Leader: We say together in faith: Congregation: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.
We believe in God the Father, who created all things:
for by his will they were created and have their being.
We believe in God the Son, who was slain:
for with his blood, he purchased us for God, from every tribe and language, from every people and nation.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit - the Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come!'
Even so come, Lord Jesus!
Amen.
(Revelation 4:8,11; 5:9; 22:17).





Philippians 2:6-11

Leader:Let us declare our faith in God:
Congregation: We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.
(Ephesians 3).







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