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Scotland United Church of Christ
Merge with Jesus  |  Scotland, South Dakota
The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; Who was
conceived by the Holy Spirit,
* born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and
buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again
from the dead; He ascended into heaven and is seated on
the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He
shall come to judge the living
** and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
* the Universal Christian Church,***
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

* or "Holy Ghost"    ** or "quick"    **** "catholic"
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The meaning of the Apostles Creed is explained, line by line, in two historic documents that help ground our
faith: the
Heidelberg Catechism and the German Congregational Catechism.

Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism was written in 1563 as a summary of Reformed faith in Heidelberg, Germany.  It
teaches the articles of faith, based on Scripture, through a series of 129 questions and answers relating to
the Apostles Creed, the Sacraments, the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer.  
Read it here.

German Congregational Catechism

The Congregational Catechism was composed by the German Congregational Church in the United States in
1904 to teach the articles of faith.  The
Congregational Catechism brings together truths from the Heidelberg
Catechism
and Luther's Small Catechism, through a series of 135 questions and answers to teach about the
Bible, the Ten Commandments, Apostles Creed, the Sacraments and the Lord's Prayer.  
Read it here.

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Beliefs
Core truths that ground our faith in the real world.
We affirm that our living faith heritage has deep roots dating back to the Bible, which were affirmed by
the Early Church in the Apostles Creed, reaffirmed in the insights of the Protestant Reformers as summarized
in the
Heidelberg Catechism, and given a fresh voice by churches in our contemporary age.

The Bible

The foundation of our belief is the Bible, the inspired Word of God, which is the final authority on all
matters on which it speaks.

God, Sin and Salvation

As the Bible teaches, there is one God, Creator of the universe, who has made Himself known to the world
in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God created humans to live in  fellowship with Him, but  they
chose to sinfully go their own way creating  a way of life filled with sin, alienation and destruction.  As a result,
we need God's saving grace to merge our lives back into fellowship with Him.  God provides that grace freely
through the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  

To receive God's saving grace all one has to do is merge one's life with Jesus: accepting His love and
forgiveness, personally making Him one's Lord and Savior and making God the numero uno  (#1) of one's life.

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Our real life, Bible based, contemporary faith is summarized in the ancient text of the Apostles Creed, written
between A.D. 150 and 350 by the Early Church.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We affirm with evangelical Christians across the globe that
Jesus instituted two sacraments: water Baptism and the
Lord's Supper.  These play a central role in our life together
as an authentic Christian community.  

We celebrate both infant baptism and believer's baptism by
sprinkling or immersion.

The Lord's Supper is celebrated on the last Sunday of each
month and on other special occasions.
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