STATEMENT OF FAITH
of the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary
We believe that the Bible is
the holy, inspired Word of God, given to us by the Holy Spirit through
human agency. It bears witness to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
and is the sole, infallible standard for faith and practice:
search the Scriptures ... these are they which testify of me"
What the Scriptures teach and instruct us to do is also relevant for our
Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for ever"
We believe in the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit - one God, who has manifested
Himself to mankind as three Persons, each bearing witness to each other:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and
we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth" (John 1:1,14).
In keeping with the Apostles' Creed, we believe that God's plan of salvation
is fulfilled in our Lord Jesus Christ,
"I have glorified you on the earth. I have finished the work which
you have given me to do. And now, O Father, glorify me together with
yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world was"
"When he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into
all truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever
he hears he will speak; and he will tell you things to come"
"Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried ... descended
into hell ... rose again from the dead ... ascended into heaven, And
sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he
shall come to judge the quick and the dead."
Man's need for salvation is expressed by
the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Church at Rome:
"... For there is no difference; for all have sinned and
fall short of the glory of God" (Romans
In the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, God
has made provision for our salvation:
"The wages of sin is death" (Romans
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting
life" (John 3:16).
We believe that the true Church consists of all those who acknowledge
Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and who serve Him in spirit and
in truth, and that this is the fellowship of all believers. They are His
"Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name
under heaven given among men by which we must be saved"
"…being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that
is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth to be a propitiation by his blood,
through faith …" (Romans 3:24-25).
"He is the head of the body"
We believe that it is the duty of every Christian to proclaim in word
and deed the saving message of our Lord Jesus Christ, in accordance with
"As the body is one and has many members, but all the members of
that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one
Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- whether Jews or Greeks,
whether slaves or free -- and have all been made to drink into one Spirit"
(1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you."
The ministry and calling of every Christian
"... love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, and with all your mind ... And ... love your neighbour as
yourself" (Matthew 22:37,39).
This includes witnessing to the Lord and living out His commandments in
Translated from the German. Bible
quotations are taken from the Holy Bible -- Revised Authorized Version.