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Statement of Faith Tim Harrison I believe in the Triune God; God who is Three and One; distinct, and yet in perfect unity of person and purpose. I believe in God the Father; the Sovereign; the Creator; Fountain of Patience, Grace, Justice and Mercy; The Holy One; the Captive-rescuer; the God of Israel. I believe in Jesus Christ; the Savior; the fullest expression of God’s grace and love; Lord before whom every knee will bow and tongue confess; the Messiah; the Good Shepherd; the Word made flesh; the Redeemer; fully God and fully human; the Resurrected One; the One whose stripes have made us whole; the Lamb without blemish; the Bridegroom of the Church. I trust in Jesus’ righteousness and atoning sacrifice for all humankind, and for me. I believe that Christ’s sacrifice restores our relationship with God and with one another. I believe in the Holy Spirit; in perfect unity with the Father and the Son; the Gift- giver; the Spirit who calls, convicts, convinces and comforts; the Breath of Life for the sacraments; the Originator of Faith. I believe the Church is a community, called-out to proclaim the Good News through word and action. I affirm the Church “reformed and always reforming,” according to the Word of God and the call of the Spirit. I affirm two sacraments given by Christ: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. I believe Baptism is a sign and a seal. It signifies the washing of sin, participation in Christ’s death and resurrection, and rebirth in the Holy Spirit. Baptism begins a journey of sanctification and a life of joyful ministry. Baptism gives us a new name and identity. In baptism, I believe the Holy Spirit seals these same realities. All the baptized are commissioned and equipped for God’s joyful and gracious ministry of reconciliation. I believe the Lord’s Supper invites us to proclaim and share in the benefits of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, while giving us a foretaste of a future heavenly banquet. In the Lord’s Supper, the faithful are spiritually nourished to do that which God calls them to do. I believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the authoritative and infallible Word of God. Scripture is God-breathed and Spirit-illumined. I believe Scripture is to be read and preached with understanding, faith and reverence. I believe in the Second Coming of Christ and the resurrection of the dead.
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