scripture union statement of beliefs

 

As part of the Scripture Union family throughout the world, the Scripture Union of South Africa proclaims the following historic truths of the Christian faith:

God and the human race

We hold that the Lord our God is one: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that He fulfils His sovereign purposes ‑ in creation, revelation, redemption, judgement, and the coming of His kingdom ‑ by calling out from the world a people, united to Himself and to each other in love.

We acknowledge that though God made us in His own likeness and image, conferring on us dignity and worth and enabling us to respond to Himself; we now are members of a fallen race; we have sinned and come short of His glory.

We believe that the Father has shown us His holy love in giving Jesus Christ, His only Son, for us, while through our sinfulness and guilt, we were subject to His wrath and condemnation; and has shown His grace when they place their trust in His Son.

We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and God; as truly human, born of the virgin Mary; as Servant, sinless, full of grace and truth; as only Mediator and Saviour, dying on the cross in our place, representing us to God, redeeming us from the grip, guilt and punishment of sin; as Victor over Satan and all his forces, rising from death with a glorious body, being taken up to be with His Father, one day returning personally in glory and judgement to establish His kingdom.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgement; who makes the death of Christ effective to sinners, declaring that they must turn to Christ in repentance, and directing their trust towards the Lord Jesus Christ; who through the new birth makes us partake in the life of the risen Christ, and who is present within all believers, illuminating their minds to grasp the truth of Scripture, producing in them His fruit, granting to them His gifts, and empowering them for service in the world.

The Scriptures

We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are God‑breathed, since their writers spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit; hence are fully trustworthy in all that they affirm; and are our highest authority for faith and life.

The Church and its Mission

We recognise the Church as the body of Christ held together and growing up in Him; both as a total fellowship throughout the world and as the local congregation in which believers gather.

We acknowledge the commission of Christ to proclaim the Good News to all people, making them disciples, and teaching them to obey Him; and

We acknowledge the command of Christ to love our neighbours, resulting in service to the church and society in seeking reconciliation for all with God and their fellows, in proclaiming liberty from every kind of oppression; and in spreading Christ’s justice in an unjust world …  until He comes again!

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