Thus recognizing the unity of the Church of Christ in all the world, and knowing that we are but one branch of Christ’s people, while adhering to our own particular faith and order, we extend to all believers the hand of Christian fellowship, upon the basis of those great fundamental truths in which all Christians should agree. With them
we confess our faith in God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the only living and true God; in Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word, who is exalted to be our Redeemer and King; and in the Holy Comforter, who is present in the Church to regenerate and sanctify the soul.
With the whole Church, we confess the common sinfulness and ruin of our race, and acknowledge that it is only through the work accomplished by the life and expiatory death of Christ that believers in him are justified before God, receive the remission of sins, and through the presence and grace of the Holy Comforter are delivered from the power of sin, and perfected in holiness.
We believe also in the organized and visible Church, in the ministry of the Word, in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, in the resurrection of the body, and in the final judgment, the issues of which are eternal life and everlasting punishment.
We receive these truths on the testimony of God, given through prophets and apostles, and in the life, the miracles, the death, and the resurrection, of his Son, our Divine Redeemer,–a testimony preserved for the Church in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, which were composed by holy men as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Affirming now our belief that those who thus hold ‘one faith, one Lord, one baptism,’ together constitute the one Catholic Church, the several households of which, though called by different names, are the one body of Christ; and that these members of his body are sacredly bound to keep ‘the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace,’ we declare that we will cooperate with all who hold these truths. With them we will carry the gospel into every part of this land, and with them we will go into all the world and ‘preach the gospel to every creature.’ May He to whom ‘all power is given in heaven and on earth’ fulfil the promise which is all our hope: ‘Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.’
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