Our Beliefs… (and their implications)

We believe:

-the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative Word. Breathed by our Creator to give us life and hope.

-Jesus Christ is God’s Son, sent to redeem us and bring us back into an intimate relationship with our Creator.

-We, humans, are created in God’s image, and therefore have inherent value that cannot be taken away.

-Repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us.

-God wants all people to come to the knowledge of the truth, so that they can know Him and live in the eternal fullness that He offers to us through Jesus.

-He sent the Holy Spirit to fulfill His last commandment through us, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.

-Suffering, poverty, and injustice exist in our world as a result of sin (or rather, a lack of obedience to what God asks of us).

-He created us to be in relationship with Him (love Him) and to be in relationship with one another (love one another)… in perfect unity, forever.

-He gives us free will, all of us humans make mistakes, and the result is an imperfect world, and the consequences are terrible things like abuse, hatred, jealousy, greed, murder, lust, etc.

-Despite our imperfections and our sinfulness, our Creator still wants to be with us and makes a way for our lives to be redeemed and transformed.

-He invites all of us to be part of making this world a better place while we are here, finding true freedom through the sacrifice of Jesus, living selflessly by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, led by the voice of Father God – to bring His Kingdom to earth, and to be in communion for eternity.

The Implications:

Because we believe that the Bible is God-breathed, we look to Scripture in every aspect of our life. We allow it to challenge us, and we do our best to follow after the life of Jesus. The truth we find in the Word has transformed us, and continues to each and every day.

Since we believe that Jesus came to save us from our sins and set us free, we practice a life of listening to God’s voice and relating to Him in a personal way.

If God created us in His image (Father, Son, Spirit), that means we were created to be communal, relational beings. It also means that we all have unique characteristics, gifts, passions, and equal value.

The revelation of His grace naturally impulses us to respond to Him in a life of surrendered obedience and trust, because we know that His plans our greater than our own. We love because of His love. It’s the most natural thing we can do.

Since we’ve come to know Him and discovered the freedom and beauty that comes through being transformed by His grace and love, we are passionate about other people coming to have the same thing. There’s nothing like glimpsing the beauty of who He is, in all His goodness and all His glory. We want it for us, and we want it for everyone who doesn’t know Him yet.

He left us with the task of making Him known to all Nations, and we can’t do it unless we know Him first. So we dedicate our lives to knowing Him, and to sharing Him with anyone who wants to hear. We are passionate about making Him known in places where nobody has heard.

We want to see an end to injustice, suffering, and poverty – both in the physical and in the spiritual. We believe that God provided us with enough resources to do both. He is big enough to meet every spiritual need, and He gives all the natural resources (food, water, human hands) to meet every physical need.

When we truly know Him, we can’t hold back our love for Him. And when we are full of His love, we can’t help but share it with others. We long to live lives that bring about true peace, unity, and selfless, unconditional love.

It wouldn’t be true love if He didn’t give us the option of turning Him down. Choosing to receive His love is the first step towards a world with less evil, less darkness, and more light, more hope.

We screw up every single day, and He still calls out our name. We learn more about a life of repentance and turning away from anything that separates us from Him, and we keep walking as He picks us up and leads us down the narrow path that leads to life.

We can’t do it alone. He gives all of us a part in it. He made us to be one, multi-talented, interdependent, international, multicultural, multi-aged, body of imperfect people transformed by His love to go out and show the world who He is – each with our own unique gifts, stories, and experiences. The hands, fingers, eyes, ears, toes, legs, nose, etc. of Jesus. Not one is greater than another. Nor can the whole body function without every part.


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