What do we believe?

It would be easy to quote some short simple statement of faith, but that would cheapen the depth and breadth of the faith we share. Some thing are central, and these we declare without hesitation.

  • We know God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, known generally as Trinity.
  • Jesus, the unique Son of God became flesh (John 1) and lived among us, revealing God to us as never before.
  • Jesus died on a Roman cross, and this has secured our salvation.  By faith in Jesus we are made right with God.
  • Just as we have been included in Jesus’ death, so also his resurrection (Romans 6).
  • The Holy Spirit is poured out on all who have put their faith in Jesus.
  • The church is the body of Jesus Christ in this world.  The Uniting Church in Australia is one small part of that body.  The unity of Jesus’ body (the church) is a fact, but we have unending difficulty in living out that unity.
  • The Holy Spirit diversely gifts Jesus’ people, and calls them into many ministries and missions in the world in His Name.

The Uniting Church in Australia has a summary, guiding document called “The Basis of Union”, and key to our beliefs are paragraphs 3 and 4.  Northside Mackay & Seaforth Uniting Church affirm these statements.

Para 3. Built upon the one Lord Jesus Christ

The Uniting Church acknowledges that the faith and unity of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church are built upon the one Lord Jesus Christ. The Church preaches Christ the risen crucified One and confesses him as Lord to the glory of God the Father. In Jesus Christ “God was reconciling the world to himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19 RSV). In love for the world, God gave the Son to take away the world’s sin.

Jesus of Nazareth announced the sovereign grace of God whereby the poor in spirit could receive God’s love. Jesus himself, in his life and death, made the response of humility, obedience and trust which God had long sought in vain. In raising him to live and reign, God confirmed and completed the witness which Jesus bore to God on earth, reasserted claim over the whole of creation, pardoned sinners, and made in Jesus a representative beginning of a new order of righteousness and love. To God in Christ all people are called to respond in faith. To this end God has sent forth the Spirit that people may trust God as their Father, and acknowledge Jesus as Lord. The whole work of salvation is effected by the sovereign grace of God alone.

The Church as the fellowship of the Holy Spirit confesses Jesus as Lord over its own life; it also confesses that Jesus is Head over all things, the beginning of a new creation, of a new humanity. God in Christ has given to all people in the Church the Holy Spirit as a pledge and foretaste of that coming reconciliation and renewal which is the end in view for the whole creation. The Church’s call is to serve that end: to be a fellowship of reconciliation, a body within which the diverse gifts of its members are used for the building up of the whole, an instrument through which Christ may work and bear witness to himself. The Church lives between the time of Christ’s death and resurrection and the final consummation of all things which Christ will bring; the Church is a pilgrim people, always on the way towards a promised goal; here the Church does not have a continuing city but seeks one to come. On the way Christ feeds the Church with Word and Sacraments, and it has the gift of the Spirit in order that it may not lose the way.

Para 4. Christ rules and renews the church

The Uniting Church acknowledges that the Church is able to live and endure through the changes of history only because its Lord comes, addresses, and deals with people in and through the news of his completed work. Christ who is present when he is preached among people is the Word of God who acquits the guilty, who gives life to the dead and who brings into being what otherwise could not exist. Through human witness in word and action, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ reaches out to command people’s attention and awaken faith; he calls people into the fellowship of his sufferings, to be the disciples of a crucified Lord; in his own strange way Christ constitutes, rules and renews them as his Church.

Look around this website

For more information on what we believe, look around this website.  There is plenty here to make it clear; we have no desire to be ambiguous about what we believe.

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