The single most important thing about a church is what it believes. The only reason this church exists, the only reason we are gathered together today is because this statement is true – because what we believe matters. What we believe, in fact, is a matter of life and death.
Some Christians are opposed to statements of faith. Christian revelation, Jesus, they say, is too great to be reduced to mere mechanical formulas. In one sense this is true. No statement of faith can perfectly plumb the depths of God’s knowledge and purposes. And yet the good news of Jesus Christ is nonetheless about news, about truths, propositional truths about God, ourselves, Christ, and these truths must be understood, believed, and lived out if we are to have any hope in this life and the life to come. And so what we want to accomplish in the next two weeks is to consider what it is that we as a church believe.