BELIEFS

Statement of Faith

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through Him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

He came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

He suffered death and was buried.

On the third day He rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and His kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Community Ethos

Great Love has drawn us and by faith we have taken a step through a new door into the Kingdom of God.  We cross the threshold and find ourselves in an entirely different culture of sacrificial love where our very nature has been uprooted and rebirthed.

 

We embrace the daily struggle of setting aside the centrality of our own desires and train our eyes and wills to notice and engage with the needs of others as the utmost honor, privilege, and joy.

 

We create an inward chamber where we abide with the Holy Spirit, relying on His voice above all others to guide, counsel, teach, and console our hearts.  We expect to have the tangible things of this world fade from our line of vision and take courage when the unseen world begins to unfold in such a way that it captures our attention.

 

We recognize the tension and disruption of our new nature as it displaces the old, and we walk in rest and submission to the recreating work that is taking place deep within our beings.  With eyes and hearts that are still becoming accustomed to living in this new culture, we rely wholly on His direction, authority, care, justice, mercy, and powerful intervention on our behalf.  We begin to make sense of the whole of our existence through the perspective and reality of the unseen kingdom of God.

 

Because we recognize that, to set ourselves aside, love and serve freely, hear a still small voice within, trust in the unseen, make our hearts vulnerable to re-working, and to maintain a posture of rest and trust, we will need a company of friends.   Our attentions, efforts, and time are therefore devoted to others who have taken the step though the same door; extending to them the same grace and friendship we ourselves are in great need of.

 

Together we bind ourselves to the unity of our fellowship and commit to walk according to our transformed natures.  We are compelled to openly speak of the Father’s Love and the profound redemption of our lives, and invite others to cross the threshold of the door that is open before them.

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