When we speak of blurred edges, we do not speak of theology, doctrine, belief. We have some things that we are convinced of. Of our theology we simply place an intentional comma behind our definitions. This is what we believe now, but the knowledge of the Lord is a journey - there is still so much to know of him - how high, wide, deep, long... we are yet to discover.
I had the most wonderful few hours last wednesday with 3 young pastors who have brilliant minds. Their journey's both factual and theological have been very different. However as we sat to write out What we believe... I watched God the Holy Spirit, empower us to find a common / similar set of beliefs, with laughter and amazingly great Starbucks. It was like God grabbed the 4 of us and simply drew us together - from many stories he is creating one.
This is what we believe ...
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent and co-equal in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in his inauguration of the Kingdom of God, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory to consummate the Kingdom.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential, and that only by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, and not of any work or merit in man.
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells, sanctifies, leads, illumines, and graciously empowers for godly living and service all who come to faith in Christ. As well as the continuation of all the “charismata” of the Spirit, and that He desires to fill and empower believers for ministry, mission, witness, and for the building up of His church in love.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of judgement.
We believe in the church, local, global and historical, of which our Lord Jesus Christ is the head. The church is the redemptive community of Jesus called to demonstrate and declare the good news of God’s Kingdom in the world.