PIF Thoughts (in progress) #5

I believe in one God…

who is alive and at work in the world in every time and place;

who eternally exists in three persons: with unity in diversity, with intimate community, with self- giving love.

I believe in the sovereignty, goodness, faithfulness, love and grace of the Triune God.

I believe in God, the “Abba”…

who is our loving parent and the creator of the universe;

who called the world into being by the Word and inspired us to life by the Spirit;

who claimed Jesus as “Beloved” at his baptism and transfiguration;

who cares for humankind like a hen tends to her chicks, like a nursing mother to her child.

I believe in God the Son…

who is Jesus Christ, Word and Wisdom of God, the kenotic incarnation of God;

who was conceived of God the Spirit and born into flesh by a woman;

who is eternally divine and took on the particularity of the finite world;

who lived a life of prayer;

who restored individuals to wholeness;

who preached a message of justice and reconciliation;

who, through obedience to God and faithfulness to humankind, reconciles us to God;

who is resurrected by God through the power of the Holy Spirit.

I believe in God the Spirit… 

who moved over the waters and is the breath of life for God’s creation;

who inspired the words of the prophets and prays in us with sighs too deep for words;

who effected the conception and the resurrection of Jesus;

who is the agent in justification and sanctification;

who beckons the hearts of God’s children to relationship and vocation.

I believe in one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church…

which seeks to be faithful in practice and prophetic in voice in the example of its head and Lord: Jesus Christ;

which is the gift of God and is the covenant community of the people of God;

which praises God with word, song, prayer and acts of justice and compassion.

I believe that all human beings…

are completely beloved, having their origin in the will of God;

are created in God’s image: intended to be unified in diversity, to have intimate community, to share self-giving love;

are completely broken and live in a broken world;

are too often devoted to that which is created instead of the Creator;

are redeemed through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

I believe that Scripture…

should be seriously and reverently exegeted;

contains the gospel of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ;

has been faithfully interpreted by the tradition in its creeds and confessions;

chronicles the story of God’s action with and faithfulness to God’s covenant people;

is the authoritative witness to the definitive revelation of God in Jesus Christ.

I believe that the Christian life…

begins with opening our arms, turning our face upwards and receiving God’s grace as it rains down upon us;

is living in communion with Jesus Christ as a grateful response to God’s grace;

is being part of the covenant community of the people of God;

is doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God.


NOTE: I’m working on updating my Personal Information Form (or PIF), which is the standardized form that Presbyterian Church (USA) pastors fill out when they are looking for new ministry positions. As I do so, I am reading and writing a lot of things about the church, ministry, and myself. Since not all of these things will eventually wind up in the final version of my PIF, I thought I’d share some of it here. Thanks for letting me indulge.



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About MargaretAnne

Preacher, Writer, Aunt, Composter, Sew-er, Crafter, Dog-lover, World-traveler, Artist, Canner, Cook, Pray-er, Sister, Retreat-leader, Reader, Daughter.

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