A Methodist’s Confessions

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More Missing Than Stated?

I see more missing from this confession than I see stated. What about Christ being the Son of God, crucified for our sins, resurrected from the dead, and ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of God?

Doug Craven 34 days ago

personal not communal

This is a personal confession of faith and not a communal affirmation of faith. Communal affirmations are creeds hammered out by groups of persons trying to find common ground among many different viewpoints. What is listed as missing are some of the components of what is called The Apostles' Creed, a very old one which struggles to express both the humanity and divinity of Jesus. Personal creeds are one person's expression of what is most important to them. Such a confession is an experiential expression of faith. Why must a personal confession conform to doctrinal language? Doesn't Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's confession contain essential elements of a Jesus-follower? Doesn't he use the "trinitarian" format? In my own personal confession as a Christian I claim the name Emmanuel from Isaiah and Matthew. God with us. For me it not only fits the trinitarian formula but is inclusive of the many unending ways we experience God. I thank God that we no longer hold heresy trials for people who experience and express God in many different ways. I rejoice that Rev. Bryant has the freedom and courage to share his own personal confession.

Marcia R Dodd 32 days ago

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