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Theology

When we put to words what we believe about God, what comes out first is that God is writing a story of hope and redemption for all the world. This story is a movement from creation to new creation, and God has given us a role to play in the restoration of our relationships with God, each other, ourselves, and the world.

When the story began, we were crafted with care in the image of a loving God who is utterly for us and always with us. Because we are loved and welcomed as we are, we’re freed to become a community of refuge that is heartfelt, hopeful, and honest. Make no mistake – we don’t have it all figured out. We’re living in the same community and asking the same questions. We, like you, have fears, doubts and scars. But as we share the ups & downs of life together, we are learning to live in tune with the “good news” that God is setting all things right.

We believe God’s Kingdom is intersecting earth, and with it comes tangible hope, peace, and justice. We desire to boldly announce this Kingdom in word and action, shaping our lives around Jesus, who shows us how to love God and our neighbors.

Jesus, after all, is the perfect picture of the invisible God. So it is as as we take each step on the pathway to become more like Jesus that we find real hope, healing and wholeness in our lives. We are becoming more like the people we were made to be in the first place (people created in the image of God). As we are changed, we are empowered to bring change, in a world that does not yet fully know how beautiful God’s story really is.

Orthodoxy & Orthopraxis

We believe that orthodoxy (right thought/doctrine) is vitally important to building a strong foundation in a relationship with Jesus. Orthopraxis (right action) is just as important. When what we believe actually sinks in to the deepest places of our hearts, then it will inspire us to put our faith into tangible action.

We affirm the ancient creeds that have for centuries informed the Church (universal) of basic Christian belief. The following is the Nicene Creed which originated in 325AD at the first ecumenical council of Nicaea:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy catholic (meaning “global”) and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.