Good discussion yesterday about statements of faith. Maybe there is room for new kinds of statements: ones that include an emphasis on right action and not just right belief, ones that move beyond cut-and-dry statements that seem tidy and dead. I love this attempt at a narrative statement of faith from Crowded House (found via Trevin Wax):
We are a people longing eagerly for the future
We are waiting for the arrival of a new heaven and earth, which God will bring about through his transforming power. A day is coming when Christ will come again to establish his reign of justice and freedom. He will create the home of righteousness which his people crave, banishing forever sin, Satan and death.
In renewed bodies in a renewed creation, we will live as God‚Äôs people in unbroken relationship with God and each other. At the centre of everything will be the one God, eternally self-existent as God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the creator and sustainer of all that is. His character is constant and his purposes unchanging. He will be all our glory. This will be life as it was meant to be lived ‚Äì life in all its glorious and satisfying fulness.
We are a people formed decisively in the past
From before the creation of the world, God the Father chose us and blessed us in his Son, Jesus. We depend entirely upon the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, our King and Rescuer. Jesus is God-in-the-flesh, who shares our humanity, having been born of Mary. She conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit while she was still a virgin.