What We Believe

We recognize that many denominations, cultures, and subtleties exist within the larger Christian tradition– in fact, such a diversity in theological perspective exists even in our own panel of contributors here at FLP. Thus this page seeks only to lay a very basic theological foundation for those wondering what underpins our writing.  

Our goal is not to isolate any denomination or perspective through claiming that one interpretation or understanding of the Bible superior or inferior, but rather to frame the basic tenets which we view as the unifying foundation for many that make up the global community of Christians. You may wish to use this statement as a clarification of our doctrinal assumptions or as a resource for a better understanding of the fundamental concepts of the Christian tradition.

  • We believe in the Bible as the central, inspired, and holy text of the Christian faith. It is a vehicle through which God conveys truth and moral instruction, and which contains all things necessary for salvation. We maintain that God created the universe–including human beings, which he made in his image, rendering each person inherently valuable.
  • We uphold a view of Jesus Christ consistent with both the Nicene and Apostle’s Creeds (found below).
  • We believe that Jesus’ life and actions are an example for the way that we should live, and that all Christians form a global community (the body of Christ) that God often uses to interact with the world.  Finally, we believe that God communicates in many ways with believers through the the Holy Spirit– part of the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) as expressed in the foundational creeds of the church.

The Creeds

In the Christian tradition, creeds are often used as a statement of belief or recited as an act of faith.  We provide two creeds for your reference which reflect the beliefs of the authors of this blog.

(taken from The Book of Common Prayer 1979; Church Publishing, NY):

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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