What We Believe
The message of the Gospel is central to everything that happens at the Cromarty Parish Church. That means we look at life through the “lens of Scripture” and recognize that the Bible tells a single story of mankind’s creation, fall, and redemption. Redemption meant to give us a sense of hope in the face of both our own mortality as well as the stress of life’s ups-and-downs. But that sense of hope didn’t come cheaply, because it was paid for solely and freely by Christ’s sacrificial death, resurrection, and ascension.
It’s knowing the cost of that redemptive hope that makes us who we are and shapes what we believe, and then how we put those beliefs into practice by being absolutely dependent on Christ and actively pursuing our relationship with God so that the Gospel is expressed in every aspect of lives and not simply on Sunday.
Tenets of our Faith:
We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is love.
We praise God the Father: who created the universe and keeps it in being. He has made us his sons and daughters to share his joy, living together in justice and peace, caring for his world and for each other.
We proclaim Jesus Christ, God the Son: born of Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became one of us, sharing our life and our death. He made known God’s compassion and mercy, giving hope and declaring forgiveness of sin, offering healing and wholeness for all. By his death on the cross and by his resurrection, he has triumphed over evil. Jesus is Lord of life and of all creation.
We trust God the Holy Spirit: who unites us to Christ and gives life to the Church; who brings us to repentance and assures us of forgiveness. The Spirit guides us in our understanding of the bible, renews us in the sacraments, and calls us to serve God in the world.
We rejoice in the gift of eternal life: we have sure and certain hope of resurrection through Christ, and we look for his coming again to judge the world. Then all things will be made new; and creation will rejoice in worshipping the Father, through the Son, in the power of the Spirit, one God, blessed for ever.
Church of Scotland, Statement of Christian Faith