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As the Scripture Union family throughout the world, we accept and proclaim the historic truths of the Christian faith, including the following:
God and the human raceWe 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 peopleunited to himself and to each other in love.We acknowledge that though God made usin his own likeness and image,conferring on us dignity and worth,and enabling us to respond to him,we are members of a fallen race;we have sinned and come short of his glory.
We believe that the Fatherhas shown us his holy lovein 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 graceby putting sinners right with himselfwhen 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 his forces,rising from death with a glorious body,being taken up to be with his Father,one day returning personally in glory and judgementto establish His Kingdom.
We believe in the Holy Spiritwho convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgement;who makes the death of Christ effective to sinners, declaring that theymust turn to Christ in repentance,and directing their trust toward the Lord Jesus Christ;who through the new birth makes us partakein the life of the risen Christ,and who is present within all believers,illuminating their minds to the grasp of Scripture,producing in them his fruit,granting them His gifts, andempowering them for witness in the world.
The ScripturesWe believe that the Old and New Testament Scripturesare God-breathed, since their writers spoke from Godas they were moved by the Holy Spirit;hence they are fully trustworthy in all that they affirm,and are our highest authority for faith and life.
The Church and its MissionWe recognise the Churchas the body of Christ held together and growing in him;both as a total fellowship throughout the world, andas the local congregation in which believers gather.
We acknowledge the commission of Christto proclaim the Good News to all people,making them disciples, andteaching them to obey Him.
We acknowledge the command of Christto 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; andin spreading Christ's justice in an unjust world...
...until he comes again.
This statement was adopted by the Scripture Union International Council at Harare, Zimbabwe in May 1985.
LifestyleWe believe that the Bible calls us to a distinctive lifestyle of discipleship . Our ministry requires us to demonstrate that, especiall y as we are likely to influence others. Such a lifestyle includes regular Bible reading and prayer and active involvement in a local church. It is marked by a selfless attitude to money, possessions, time, work, leisure, social action and relationships. It demonstrates moral standards including an acceptance that the only appropriate place for a sexual relationship is within a marriage between a man and a woman.
Whilst we recognise that as fallen people we often fall short of this ideal, we believe that grace and forgiveness are always available to those who repent. We nevertheless expect that all working with us will be committed to work towards achieving such a lifestyle with God’s help.
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