1. FAITH (TRUST)
“Through him (Christ) you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.” (1 Peter 1:21) We believe that, ultimately, our trust is in God and only God. “Faith is trust,” said Martin Luther. And we further believe that, by trusting in God, we will also learn and be inspired to begin to trust in each other as well.
“For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10) We believe that as Christians we are able to persevere and to endure in our daily lives and struggles because of the hope that is ours in Christ Jesus.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:8-9)
We believe that we are capable of loving only because God first loved us. We also believe that the forgiving and self-giving love we experience in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the example for us to imitate. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13) Living Together in Community…
“Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3:13) We believe that we are called to bear one another’s burdens and to forgive just as we have been forgiven.
“And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14) We believe that patience, understanding, and respect must always guide our attitudes and behavior towards others.
“For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.’ So then, each of us will be accountable to God.” (Romans 14:11-12) “Take note of those who do not obey what we say in this letter; having nothing to do with them, so that they may be ashamed. Do not regard them as enemies, but warn them as believers.” (2 Thessalonians 3:14-15) We believe that we are always accountable to God for our lives and for our actions; both as individuals and as a community. Part of our calling as Christians is to hold ourselves, and each other, to a higher standard of thinking and behavior.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
We believe that we are also called to imitate Christ by looking first to the needs and interests of others before our own. Reaching Out to Others…
“…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
We believe that our walk with God involves working for justice and showing kindness to all in need.
“Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” (Matthew 22:9) “Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 = The Great Commission)
We believe that the reason why we exist as the church is to make Christ known; that a critical piece of our core mission is to reach out to others with the gospel.
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)
We will strive to be open and welcoming to all; including and especially the stranger in our midst. Our Personal Commitments…
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
We believe that transformation is at the very heart of what it means to be a Christian. In Christ, we are a new creation.
“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is, commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about those things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)
We believe that, in response to all that God has done and continues to do in our lives, we will be committed to giving our very best in return. In our lives, in our areas of service, in the ministry of this congregation, we will always strive for excellence.
1. FAITH (TRUST)