Our Approach to Doctrine
As we try to follow Jesus, we recognize the importance of our core beliefs. Such beliefs guide our behavior and shape our ethos. Concurrently, we recognize the way that doctrinal disputes can divide and alienate people. As a result, we strive to maintain a posture of generosity and humility regarding the fine points of doctrine even as we strive for clarity on matters of central importance. This means we try to make sure what matters most gets the most attention, and we don't allow peripheral matters to distract and divide our community.
Generous and HUmble Dialogue
When Jesus was asked about the bottom line of correct belief, his summary came down to one word: LOVE (Matthew 22:37-40). Our commitment to loving God and loving people defines the strong center of our movement. Our love for Jesus can hold us together despite our differences. We have also been shaped by the historic creeds of the Jesus Way (see the Nicene Creed below). On disputable matters, our approach is conversational, inquisitive, and accepting (This is what Paul taught inRomans 14). We allow for space as each person wrestles with specific issues of belief, encouraging and not excluding one another during this process.
We would be happy to discuss the state of our current conversation on any specific area of doctrine, theology or practice. Give us a call or email.
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.