Statement of Faith
We are a part of the historic Judeo-Christian Church and our foundational vision and beliefs seek to be rooted in scripture and the history of the Church. Therefore we hold to the most basic beliefs of the church found in the The Apostles’ Creed:
“We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontias Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
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.”
On the Christian family tree we are a part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and are committed to a Reformed perspective on all of life. One of the key tenets of the Reformed tradition is that our beliefs ought to be constantly reforming, changing, and developing in light of God’s continual revelation and the cultural context we find ourselves in. As a community we seek to follow after Jesus who is the Truth. Therefore Truth is known and discovered in community in and through the historic person of Jesus Christ.
We seek to live in the way of Jesus by practicing simple weekly rhythms – to regularly…
Listen to God
We seek to practice listening by setting aside at least 1 focused time of listening to God’s “still, small voice.” each week.
In doing this, we will follow Jesus’ example of seeking time alone with God: “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray” (Matthew 14:23). And we will trust God’s promise to meet us when we come to Him: “You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12-13). The methods can vary: take a walk, journal, pray, meditate; listen to music, or any other way you find to be still with God.
Learn from God
We seek to practice learning by devoting at least 1 focused time of learning, from Christ, through scripture each week.
Jesus says, “take my yoke upon you and learn form me for I am gentle and humble at heart and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). Learning from Jesus can take a variety of forms but scripture is the primary text we seek to learn through (though not limited to that). God’s Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12); useful for shaping and molding us and therefore we desire to sit under it and allow it to teach us. Consider the following passages to contemplate the dynamic power of God’s word: (Deuteronomy 11:18-21; Psalm 119; Luke 6:47-48; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 4:12).
Eat with others
We strive to eat with at least 2 people we don’t live with (1 from the Open Door and 1 not) each week.
Jesus regularly ate with friends and strangers. He culminated his ministry in the last supper, where he told us to do likewise. Eating with others is a place of conversation, community and hospitality and it is practiced throughout scripture in regular celebrations, feasts, sacrifices and gatherings of the people of God. Whether with one or many, whether coffee or a feast, whether serving or being served, sharing a meal together provides an opportunity to grow in relationships, to build trust, and ultimately for Christ to work through us in those relationships. (Numbers 10:10; Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 22:7-20; Revelation 19:1-9)
We seek to practice encouragement by intentionally encouraging 2 people (1 from the Open Door and 1 not) through words, gifts or actions each week.
Jesus said we will face difficulty in life but that we should be encouraged in the midst of that because he has overcome the world! God encourages the afflicted and listens to their cry. We seek to pass on that encouragement on to others. Through an encouraging note or email, a phone call, a gift, or an act of kindness we hope to empower others, lend courage, give strength and bless people as God has done for us. (Psalm 10:17; Proverbs 12:25; Romans 15:4-5; I Thessalonians 5:11, 15; Hebrews 3:13)
Give ourselves away to the world
We look for regular ways to give away our time, money, skills and/or passions to others and the world.
The great paradox of the life and ministry of Jesus is that in losing his life he gained it, in humbling himself he was lifted up and in giving he received. We strive to follow the way of Jesus by giving to neighbors, strangers and other communities, to serve them and grow the Kingdom of God. Examples of this are regular and structured giving like tithing, financial support, mentoring a child, fixing homes or child sponsorship, as well as the spontaneous prompting of God to give of our selves. (Matthew 20:25-28; John 15:12-14; Leviticus 23; Luke 12:22-34; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11)
We recognize God as Creator, Savior and Sustainer. We value God’s purposes, plans and perspectives first and foremost. Our highest priority is to give honor and glory to God in all we do. We are compelled to pray, worship and pursue God in our daily lives and as a church community.
We embrace change in our lives and strive to follow God as we continue on the journey to which He has called us. We desire our lives, neighborhoods and culture to be altered and healed by the work of God in our midst.
Hospitality, dialogue, collaboration and partnership are at the heart of establishing deep relationships among people, organizations and God. This will require giving and sacrifice, as we follow the model of Jesus, who in true friendship laid down his life.
We deeply desire community that reflects genuineness, honesty, openness and vulnerability with each other and with God. By modeling risk-taking in our relationships, we expect to experience God’s grace.
We strive to surrender and be guided by the Holy Spirit’s leading; nurtured through listening, hearing, and acting. The Holy Spirit’s guidance will engender an organic and risky faithfulness in both our individual and communal lives.
We honor the historic Judeo-Christian Church and have a desire to root our vision and beliefs in scripture and the creeds of the Church. We seek to cultivate a deep and intimate relationship with God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit in all we do.
Spiritual growth and character are often the result of toil and difficulty. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are vested with the task of carrying each other’s burden. Only by being honest about our condition — our weaknesses, difficulties, and deepest hurts — can we find hope and healing.
We value creativity because we believe that God is creative and that being made in His likeness means we are creative beings as well. We celebrate the goodness and beauty of God’s creation and desire to express our imagination in ways that inspire and that reflect His beauty.