Because of Scripture and the witness of the Church throughout the ages, I believe in the Triune, Sovereign and Almighty God who creates, redeems, sustains and in whom all things hold together (Col. 1:17).
In the midst of a broken and fearful world, the Church is called to be in union with Christ who is the hope of the creation. In Christ, the fullness of God was pleased to dwell and to walk among us. Through the incarnation, life, death and resurrection, Jesus shows us how to be fully human, reveals God’s love for this world, and shatters the power of evil, sin, oppression and death, ushering the hope of a new life.
The Church is called to be united with Christ by the power of the Spirit affirming the words of Paul to the Galatians, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). Through this union, we are a new creation and share in the mission of God to this world.
In a dying world, the Church has the holy calling to proclaim Christ and to demonstrate God’s love for all people. Empowered by the Spirit, we are to stand for and speak on behalf of those whose voices have been long silenced. The Spirit calls and moves the Church to break cycles of oppression and to embrace the blessing of ministry among the poor, the outcast and the marginalized. I believe the Church is God’s strong agent of transformation for a world riddled with suffering and injustice.
Our Reformed heritage calls the church to ministry rooted in the vitality of worship, the faithful proclamation of the Word and the right celebration of the Sacraments. In Baptism, our unity with Christ is established and we are bound to one another. In the Lord’s Supper, the Church throughout the ages is gathered and nurtured by the Spirit. The faithful preaching of the Word calls the Church to a deeper relationship with God and beckons us all to follow Christ into the world witnessing to God’s sufficient and infinite love.
I affirm the goodness of God and the glory that is to come (Ro. 8:18). I believe in a God who continually calls us home. I hope in a God to whom we shall return. I believe in a God who is at work bringing about a new creation; in a God who ushers a world where one day all people will indeed be equal; in a God who shapes a world where one day justice and peace will be established; world without end.
In the strong name of Jesus the Christ, and in the power of the Spirit, may this be so.
The Rev. Dr. Greg Stovell