The best way for you to learn about our beliefs is to join in with us as we seek to be a part of unfolding the kingdom of God in our present context, realizing that we are a part of a greater narrative traveling from the past to the future. God's will, His plan for mankind, is still unfolding. We are called to active participation in God's story through listening and faithful obedience to the role He has for each of us. We believe that you would get a much clearer understanding of our beliefs from the inside.
We affirm historic Christian orthodoxy (conventional teachings in the Christian faith) and one of the earliest and most universally accepted of Christian creeds, The Apostles’ Creed.
The Apostles Creed (ca. AD 215)
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. AMEN.
We desire to be a listening people
We are a community with a generous orthodoxy seeking theological dialogue with one another and purposefully leaving space for the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit will teach, guide, and convict us as we humbly seek. We come from various traditions and backgrounds but we are enamored by Jesus and long to follow Him more fully with our lives. (John 16:13-15)
We desire to be a thankful people
We realize that we are not deserving of restoration nor second chances but we believe in a God who forgives. We are thankful that this forgiveness does not depend on our faithfulness or our effort. We believe that forgiveness is offered through the work of Christ and He is the one who liberates and reconciles us back to Himself. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:1)
We desire to be a humble people
We do not want to be haughty or prideful. We believe that grace is offered to all and it is a gift from a benevolent and generous God. This grace is for all races, all tribes, and all groups. (Romans 3:24-25, Titus 2:11-14, Ephesians 2:8)
We desire to be a loving people
We believe that God is full of love; a love without end. We are first loved to love. We want our love for Christ and for others to be demonstrated through action. We want to love others by serving our families, our neighbors, our friends, and our enemies. We want to show love first at home, in the place where we represent a local expression of the body of Christ, and to the uttermost parts of the world. (Luke 10:27, Matthew 5:43-44)
We desire to be a expectant people
We believe that God continues to work in the midst of our daily lives. We do not fully understand the suffering in our world, however we are hopeful that God does not slumber nor sleep but is involved and active within creation. We also expect that God will eventually make all things right and will judge justly. We expect to see Jesus again in full glory. We expect to live eternally with Christ through faith and trust in Him. (Psalm 121, I Peter 2:23, Acts 1:10-11)
We desire to be a missional people
As we expectantly wait and hope, we are called to live lives that may become messy as we become involved with people and the world around us. We are called to lay down our agendas, our dreams, our goals, and our plans to follow the One who has captured us with love and grace. (Genesis 12:1-2, John 20:21)
We desire to be a replicating people
We believe we are called to make disciples. We hope to see new people begin following Jesus and for those following Christ to grow in maturity. We also seek to be a church intentional about birthing new churches. (Matthew 28:18-20)
We desire to glorify God in all we do
We believe that all we do should be for God's ultimate glory. We believe that we exist to bring honor and glory to God. (I Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:23)