BUILT ON THE ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST

Paragraph 3 Basis of Union

3. BUILT UPON THE  ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST

                                 Paragraph 3 Basis of Union

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.


raising him to live and which God had long sought in vain. In humility, obedience and trust Jesus himself, in his life and death, made the response of God’s love.could receive poor in spirit whereby the grace of God Jesus of Nazareth announced the sovereign 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.

Lord Jesus Christ
ACC Theological Declaration
 
Reflection
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Reflection 
Theological Declaration ​
Lord Jesus Christ
 

THE ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST

 

In Basis of Union  Paragraph 3

 

LORD JESUS CHRIST IN THE ASSEMBLY OF CONFESSING CONGREGATIONS' THEOLOGICAL DECLARATION

PARAGRAPH 2. The one whom we confess


We confess Jesus Christ as Lord to the glory of God the Father. He is the incarnate Word of God, the second person of the Trinity, attested by the Spirit in prophetic and apostolic witness as Israel’s Messiah, and the one Lord and Saviour of the world. He fulfils God’s promises to Israel and, as Word and Sacrament, orders the life of the church for the sake
of all humankind.


In his life and death, Jesus Christ presented to his heavenly Father atonement for sin and the one complete, perfect offering of obedience and worship which the Father had always sought but which humankind had persistently failed to offer. He did this in our flesh and blood, and in our stead and on our behalf. Accordingly for our sake the Father, through the Spirit, raised him from the dead. The gospel is thus the word of new life for all humankind, whom the Son represented in his death and resurrection.


Therefore we rejoice in the triune God of love and confess anew the centrality of the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. We confess that God’s coming in Jesus Christ alone is the answer to human despair and futility. For God, in the risen, crucified One, has judged our human brokenness and alienation and rebellion against God; and has delivered us into the freedom and love of the Holy Trinity.  In Christ history is transformed and humankind forgiven. Therefore,  baptised into the life of Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, our lives are transformed.


We believe no human disorder lies outside the inclusive redemption completed in Christ through the sanctifying love of the triune God, who is the world’s future. What we and the creation shallbe has already taken place in Christ who is the consummation of all things. Only as people of Christ can we anticipate the future and proclaim the hope of Christ’s reconciliation to the world.


Therefore we reject any notion that Jesus Christ is one sage among others in human history, or that the Christian faith is simply one path among others to the ‘god behind all gods’.

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 her 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 she may not lose the way.

 

JESUS CHRIST AS LORD

Confessing Congregations Theological Declaration

 

We confess Jesus Christ as Lord to the glory of God the Father. He is the incarnate Word of God, the second person of the Trinity, attested by the Spirit in prophetic and apostolic witness as Israel’s Messiah, and the one Lord and Saviour of the world. He fulfils God’s promises to Israel and, as Word and Sacrament, orders the life of the church for the sake of all humankind.

In his life and death, Jesus Christ presented to his heavenly Father atonement for sin and the one complete, perfect offering of obedience and worship which the Father had always sought but which humankind had persistently failed to offer.

 

He did this in our flesh and blood, and in our stead and on our behalf. Accordingly for our sake the Father, through the Spirit, raised him from the dead. The gospel is thus the word of new life for all humankind, whom the Son represented in his death and resurrection.

Therefore we rejoice in the triune God of love and confess anew the centrality of the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.

We confess that God’s coming in Jesus Christ alone is the answer to human despair and futility. For God, in the risen, crucified One, has judged our human brokenness and alienation and rebellion against God; and has delivered us into the freedom and love of the Holy Trinity. In Christ history is transformed and humankind forgiven.

Therefore, baptised into the life of Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, our lives are transformed.

We believe no human disorder lies outside the inclusive redemption completed in Christ through the sanctifying love of the triune God, who is the world’s future. What we and the creation shall be has already taken place in Christ who is the consummation of all things. Only as people of Christ can we anticipate the future and proclaim the hope of Christ’s reconciliation to the world.

Questions for Discussion

Therefore we reject any notion that Jesus Christ is one sage among others in human history, or that the Christian faith is simply one path among others to the ‘god behind all gods’. 

 

Theological Declaration 

 

 

1. Do you think it is important to have some kind of formal

liturgical structure in regular services of worship?

 

Do the triangular symbols in

Uniting in Worship indicating ‘essential’ components of worship provide

a helpful guide?

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ADDRESS
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