Belhar Confession: Creeds

We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and cares for his Church by his Word and his Spirit, as He has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end.

We believe in one holy, universal Christian Church, the communion of saints called from the entire human family.

We believe that Christ's work of reconciliation is made manifest in the Church as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and with one another. That unity is, therefore, both a gift and an obligation for the Church of Jesus Christ. This unity of the people of God must be manifested and be active in a variety of ways:

in that we love one another;

that we experience, practice and pursue community with one another;

that we are obligated to give ourselves willingly and joyfully to be of benefit and blessing to one another;

that we share one faith, have one calling, are of one soul and one mind;

have one God and Father, are filled with one Spirit,

are baptized with one baptism, eat of one bread and drink of one cup, confess one Name;

are obedient to one Lord, work for one cause, and share one hope.

To the one and only God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be the honor and the glory for ever and ever.

--Colts Neck Reformed Church

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We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and cares for his Church by his Word and his Spirit.

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God has done this since the beginning of the world and will continue to do so to the end.

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We believe in one holy, universal Christian Church, the communion of saints called from the entire human family.

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We believe that Christ's work of reconciliation is made manifest in the Church as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and with one another.

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Therefore, we believe that unity is a gift to the Church of Jesus Christ.

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Therefore we believe that unity is an obligation for the Church of Jesus Christ.

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Through the working of God's Spirit Christ's reconciliation is a force that binds us together now.

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Through the working of God's Spirit Christ's reconciliation is at the same time a reality that must be earnestly pursued and sought, a reality that we, the people of God must continually be encouraged to build up.

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We believe that unity must become visible so that the world may believe that separation, enmity and hatred between people and groups is sin.

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These are sins that Christ has already conquered.

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They have no place in the Church and must be resisted.

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The unity of the people of God must be manifested and be active in a variety of ways.

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We show it in our love for one another.

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It is evident as we enjoy, practice and pursue community with one another.

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Our unity appears as we obey Christ's call to give ourselves willingly and joyfully to one another for mutual benefit and blessing.

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We share one faith, have one calling, are of one soul and one mind.

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We have one God and Father, are filled with one Spirit, are baptised with one baptism, eat of one bread and drink of one cup, confess one Name, are obedient to one Lord, work for one cause, and share one hope.

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Together we come to know the height and the breadth and the depth of the love of Christ.

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Together we are built up to the stature of Christ, to the new humanity.

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Together we acknowledge and bear one another's burdens, thereby fulfilling the law of Christ.

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We need one another.

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We need to build one another up, admonishing and comforting one another.

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We also suffer with one another for the sake of righteousness.

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We pray together.

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We serve God together in this world.

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Together we fight against all which may threaten or hinder our unity.

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Jesus is Lord.
To the one and only God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be the honour and the glory for ever and ever.