God's story

 

We believe in the story of the Bible - God's true story, the story of everything that is, and of everyone who lives.

We believe in the God who made the world to be good, and made people in it to be his children.  But the story tells us that human beings have turned against God, rejecting his love and his rule, becoming subject to his judgement.  The story tells us that the broken world we see around us is the result.

But we believe in the God who didn't leave his rebellious children or his broken world, but sent his own eternal Son into the world as one of us.  Jesus of Nazareth lived a perfect human life, and died in our place, taking on himself the consequences of our wrongdoing.  The story tells us that three days after he died on a Roman cross, he appeared to his followers again, alive, risen from the dead.  It was the turning point of history.

We believe that Jesus is still alive today, and that his resurrection invites us into a new life with him, restored to God's family.  The story becomes the story of the church, the people gathered by God and filled with his Holy Spirit.  Churches of people who have come to see this story as their story, and who look forward to their own resurrection on the day when Jesus changes the world.

The Nicene Creed

Historically, Christians have summarised their beliefs in creeds and confessions.  At Cowley Church Community, we gather around the ancient Nicene Creed as a reliable summary of the Bible’s message.

 

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.