Statement concerning Nature, Faith and Order of URC


With the whole Christian Church
the United Reformed Church believes in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
            The living God, the only God,
            ever to be praised.

The life of faith to which we are called
is the Spirit's gift
through the Word, the Sacraments,
and our Christian life together.
            We acknowledge the gift
            and answer the call,
            giving thanks for the means of grace.

The highest authority
for what we believe and do
is God's Word in the Bible
alive for his people today
through the help of the Spirit.
            We respond to this Word,
            whose servants we are
            with all God's people
            through the years.

We accept with thanksgiving to God
the witness to the catholic faith
in the Apostles' and Nicene creeds.
We acknowledge the declarations
made in our own tradition
by Congregationalists, Presbyterians
and Churches of Christ
in which they stated the faith
and sought to make its implications clear.
            Faith alive and active:
            gift of an eternal source,
            renewed for every generation.

We conduct our life together
according to the Basis of Union
in which we give expression to our faith
in forms which we believe contain
the essential elements of the Church's life,
both catholic and reformed;
but we affirm our right and readiness,
if the need arises,
to change the Basis of Union
and to make new statements of faith
in ever new obedience to the Living Christ.
Our crucified and risen Lord,
leads us in our faith
and brings it to perfection.

Held together in the Body of Christ
through the freedom of the Spirit,
we rejoice in the diversity of the Spirit's gifts
and uphold the rights of personal conviction.
For the sake of faith and fellowship
it shall be for the Church to decide
when differences of conviction
hurt our unity and peace.
            We commit ourselves
            to speak the truth in love
            and grow together
            in the peace of Christ.

We believe that
Christ gives his Church a government
distinct from the government of the state.
In things that affect obedience to God
the Church is not subordinate to the state,
but must serve the Lord Jesus Christ,
its only King and Head.
Civil authorities are called
to serve God's will of justice and peace for all humanity,
and to respect the rights of conscience and belief.
            While we ourselves
            are servants in the world
            as citizens of God's eternal kingdom.

We affirm our intention
to go on praying and working,
with all our fellow Christians
for the visible unity of the Church
in the way Christ chooses,
so that people and nations
may be led to love and serve God
and praise him more and more for ever.
            Source, Guide and Goal
            of all that is:
            to him be eternal glory. Amen.