What We Believe

If you prefer a creed, we like this one:

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator 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, died, and was buried; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at 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 holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

If you'd like something more personal, read this:

Life is right at the center of God’s purposes for this dead world of ours. But the way into this new world He is fashioning is quite similar to the way we got into the old world- we have to be born into it. A new world, a new creation, requires, of course, a new birth. How will the new world get people otherwise?

But this new world is being established in the midst of the old house- it is like a remodel project in a house, but with nobody moving out while the work is in progress. The end result will be a completely new house, and there is some debris in the meantime, and you can see aspects of the old house disappearing, and the shape of the new house is becoming clearer, and the whole thing is quite exciting!

Material from the old house can and usually does go into the new house, but in order for that to happen, it must be made new, it must be made alive. The old material has to become new material in order to go into the new house. This is the meaning of the new birth. And the transformation is no incidental or surface thing- it is not a matter of sanding, or painting, or carving. No, the dead stones are turned into living stones (1 Pet. 2:4-5), which affects everything about the stone, except the fact that it is stone. Stone, but stone that is alive now, which is not a trivial thing. So not only is this a remodel project, but it is one in which the house is in the process of becoming a living organism.

We have our traditions and our doctrines. We believe some things true and other things not. We teach the doctrines of grace. We are hopeful and optimistic about the future because of the victory of the gospel.  We like to sing old hymns and new songs, which means we want our music to be theologically rich, full of flavor, and joyfully satisfying.

Religious tradition without life is like putting make-up on a corpse. Doctrine without this same life is like spelling everything right on the tombstone. Without life, nothing matters. 

Jesus Christ wants those who believe and understand these things to assume the center. He prohibits us seizing the center — the kingdom of God is not like a coup. The new life inevitably has political results but is not achieved by political means. The experience of the new life will always be at the very center of God’s work in the world, because that’s how He works. This is just another way of saying that the center of gravity in this new world that God is making is a living, Christian center.

So we know what God’s plan for this world. It is life from the dead. He has told us this quite plainly. God’s plan is a resurrection plan. This means that if our plans are to line up with His, we have got to put the principle of new life right at the foundation of all we want to do. And that, by the grace of God’s Spirit, is what we are seeking to do.

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).*

*adapted from the work of a friend.