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Our Belief

...about scripture: The bible has authority because God has authority. By God’s authority in the scripture, we mean that the primary purpose of scripture is to liberate people, to judge and condemn evil and sin in the world in order to set people free to be fully human. The Hebrew scriptures are the beginning of the story of God’s redemption of humankind and the New Testament is the charter for the people of God today.

...about God: The God declared by Jesus loves all people and the rest of his creation. He is good. He is non-violent. He uses his authority and power to liberate, but not unilaterally, he collaborates in his work of liberation with people.

...about humanity: All people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. People all are not totally depraved but are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.

...about salvation: God acted to bring salvation (liberation) to all people through Jesus. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus is the sole basis for salvation. Salvation provides people a new start, old things are gone and no longer have power. In a liberated world, all things have the potential to become new.

...about the Christian life: All Christians should live a life that demonstrates an alignment with the message of Jesus and not for themselves. By obedience to the Jesus, the Word of God, and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ Jesus

...about the church: The church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith in the liberating work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him and by making him known to all people of the world. The church is universal, but also local. It is not a denomination or organization (although each can be a part), but a living, multifaceted and complex organism made of people.

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