We believe in HOPE– That the dark things we experience are not the end, that there is a new reality, and that this reality is shown in Christ.
We believe in LOVE– Not simple, easy, pop-song love but hard, challenging, committed love. This is how God loved us so it’s how we ought to love one another.
(1 John 4:7-12)
We believe in SUFFERING– We do not see suffering as a failure of God but rather the way God interacts with us. God’s story has always been to step into suffering and bring a new reality: Hope. God does not make us suffer but transforms it. (Romans 5:1-5)
We believe in JOY– This is good news that we believe does not mean we act serious and sad for the rest of our lives. It is a reason to live joyfully as a “thank you” for what God has done.
We believe in LOSERS– God has always chosen to transform the world by choosing the broken, the deniers, the betrayers, the murderers, the adulterers, cheats, and liars to be his people. We are proud to count ourselves among such an infamous group.
We believe in HELP– That we are not set off alone and adrift but are given a great cloud of people to help us discover our joy and purpose. This is the church. (Hebrews 12:1)
We profess this creed as true in our Church:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit,
and born of the virgin Mary,
who suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I 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.
*catholic means whole*