What We Believe

As an interdenominational church, Christ The Liberator has thee major documents which inform our worship and our community engagement: the Bible, the Confession of 2021, and the Church Covenant. These three documents give us our theological identity.  We believe the Bible is a unique self-revelation of God. It is inspired of God, written by human authors in a specific time with a specific context. The Creed of 2021 and the Church Covenant serve as the foundational documents which summarize this church's understanding of the Christian story from the Bible (just like the Apostles' Creed and the Nicaean Creed). Below you will find both the Creed of 2021 and the Church Covenant, so feel free to read them to get a better idea of who we are!

The Confession of 2021

We believe in one Triune God—revealed to humanity as Creator, Redeemer, and Holy Sustainer— who called forth the universe and established nature and its laws. In loving justice, this God has guided history and dispersed covenants upon humanity seeking to be in eternal relationship with creation which has been declared good. However, humankind broke this tender God's heart by rejecting God's decrees of love and justice while also turning to idols of power, wealth, domination, and self-worship, allowing sin and death to enter creation. God, refusing to abandon creation, made perfect their display of affection by sending prophets and sages to call people back to the paths of righteousness. In the fullness of time, this good God put on the flesh of humanity and came down to dwell within creation in the person of Jesus Christ.

        

We believe in Jesus Christ, fully God and fully human, who was born of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit; who looked with compassion upon the crowds healing their sick and feeding their hungry; who wrestled with unjust systems poisoned by institutional sin; who rejected a world where the weak and poor were used by the powerful and wealthy. This same Jesus would be arrested, beaten by police, convicted as a criminal, and sentenced to death as a traitor for daring to speak truth to power and for using radical love to challenge a system that led to death. But, even for these atrocities heaped upon him, Jesus still taught compassion and peace, forgiving the world which clamored for his death. Having been laid in a borrowed tomb, Jesus again broke down walls by turning female disciples into evangelists who proclaimed his triumph over sin and death by his glorious resurrection. Having experienced the fullness of humanity, Jesus ascended into heaven where He is seated beside the throne of God, forever making intercession for all of creation in the wonderous expectation that the universe will be restored at His second coming and judgment through His never-failing love and justice. 

        

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, who blew into creation in the beginning, stirring life and guiding the mouths of prophets. Having been promised by Jesus, the Holy Spirit serves as a comforter, guide, and rouser until the second coming of our Lord. The Spirit guides the church by giving inspiration and imparting wisdom. This Holy Spirit seals us in the sacrament of baptism, uniting all Christians in the One Holy catholic and Apostolic faith while also embracing and showering love upon all humankind regardless of creed. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that the church boldly proclaims the lordship of Jesus, that the church sees through sins' many and varied disguises, and that the church embraces the outcast and downtrodden.

        

We believe in the Communion of Saints, members of the Church past, present, and yet to come. This sanctified communion worships and magnifies God forever. Through the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, Christ invites us, at the behest of the Father, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, to sit at table with bread and wine—the body and blood of our Lord— to be united forever with these members of grace. At the resurrection of the dead, this great cloud of witnesses will testify to the goodness of God and give glory and eternal praise forever.

        

We believe in the forgiveness of sin and rehabilitation of the guilty. Though sin blinds and destroys the relationships humans have with each other and with God, we are assured that people can change. Christ has promised grace for expungement of past wrongs through God's acts of kindness, no matter how great or small, for any who confess and repent. Following this example, we optimistically embrace all, remembering that Christ has commanded the church to visit the prisoner in the prophetic witness to love and restoration.

 

We believe in God's Kingdom of peace and truth, which will be established on earth where lions will lay down with lambs and kings and beggars dine at the same tables. In anxious anticipation of this glorious revelation's manifestation, we work for justice on earth, as it is in heaven, knowing that there is coming a day when the world will be restored to perfection, as it was in the beginning.

        

We believe that racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, and all those things contrary to God and the Law of Love are to be disavowed as they are contrary to the Gospel of Liberty. We condemn, callout, and admonish the institutionalization of sin, and the objectification of people as these things are contrary to God’s Law of Love.

 

To these things do We testify and bear witness unto. Glory be to God: Creator, Redeemer, and Holy Sustainer. World without end. Amen.

 

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The Church Covenant 

Love is the doctrine of this church, service is its law, and hope is its prayer. To dwell together in peace, to seek knowledge in freedom, to serve human need, to seek truth with humility, to the end that all souls shall grow in harmony with the Divine. Thus, in the spirit of Jesus our Christ, do we unite for the worship of God and the supporting of each other in this covenant faith community.          -Unitarian Universalist Association

Denominational Affiliations

To further our mission in the world, we have partnered with various Christian associations, councils, and denominations. Click on the icons below to learn more about these groups. Currently, the Church is in talks with a few different groups, and the church website will be updated as Christ The Liberator is added to their rosters.

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Reformed Lutheran Church of America

Association of Welcome & Affirming Baptists

North Carolina Council of Churches