Sunday, April 08, 2012

Christ is Risen Indeed!

Christ is risen Indeed! The celebration of the most joyous day of the Christian calendar begins with these words at worship services throughout the world. Jesus has overcome death, and on the picture to the right painted by Flemish painter Gerard Seghers at about the time the Pilgrims came to America, Jesus holds his resurrection banner aloft, looking quite European.

We have been looking at what Chistians believe and statements of faith for the past few days of Holy Week. The following statement of faith is often used in Congregational and UCC churches:

Statement of Faith

We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, goodness and love, and in Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord and Savior, who for us and our salvation lived, died, and rose again and lives evermore; and in the Holy Spirit who takes the things of Christ and reveals them to us, renewing, comforting, and inspiring the souls of men.

We are united in striving to know the will of God as taught in the Holy Scriptures and in our purpose to walk in the ways of the Lord made known or to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church of Christ to proclaim the gospel to all mankind, exalting the worship of the one true God and laboring for the progress of knowledge, the promotion of justice, the reign of peace, and the realization of human brotherhood. Depending as our fathers did, upon the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, we work and pray for the transformation of the world into the Kingdom of God; and we look with faith for the triumph of righteousness and the life everlasting.


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