What We Believe

Our Statement of Faith

Believing that Jesus Christ is Lord as attested by Holy Scripture, we have been called together in His body to rejoice in His love, to know His peace, to strengthen and share our spiritual gifts, and to witness the Gospel in prayer, word and deed.

We, as the body of believers of St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ,
accept the following Belief Statements to be true:

We believe that there is one God, infinitely perfect and eternally existent in the persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.  1 Timothy 2:5

We affirm Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his miracles, his atoning death through his shed blood, his bodily resurrection, his Ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

We believe in the fullness of the Holy Spirit as the empowerment of the Christian to witness and serve.
“…But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

The Holy Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, preserved and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and practice. 
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.  2 Timothy 3:16

We affirm the importance of the sacraments of the church which are:
– baptism by water, and
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.   Matthew 28:19
– Holy Communion, which is the body and blood of Christ.
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26

Through faith we believe that our sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness  1 John 1:9

All people are included in God’s unconditional love and grace.  
I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.  Psalm 52:8b

The power of the Holy Spirit brings us into closer harmony with our Creator.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.  John 4:24

We affirm Christ Jesus as head of the Church.   
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  Colossians 1:18