We don't take ourselves very seriously around here, but one thing that we do take seriously is God's word. Our highest goal is to become more like Jesus, and we know that doesn’t come simply from knowing God's word, but by living it out.
We also recognize that this amazing book, called the Bible, contains truth, beauty and complexity, so we've broken down how we approach our beliefs into two basic categories:
PRIMARY & SECONDARY BELIEFS
“In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity.” Rupertus Meldenius
WE ARE UNIFIED IN OUR PRIMARY BELIEFS:
We attempt to align our lives and our church primarily with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, which practically speaking, means that we look a little more like love* everyday.
*Love: Ascribing worth to others at personal cost to yourself.
WE VARY IN OUR SECONDARY BELIEFS:
We value intellectual honesty here, which means that there will naturally be some disagreement in our church over some secondary issues
(i.e. beliefs that are not explicitly outlined as a primary belief, such as Political Views, Gender roles, Use of Spiritual Gifts in the Church, Eschatology, Consumption of Alcohol/Tobacco, Speaking in Tongues, Sexual Orientation/Identity, Predestination, Election, etc) .
However, when it comes to secondary beliefs, we approach these as a matter of thoughtful & prayerful Biblical interpretation, not as a matter of simply dismissing God’s word because we don’t like or agree with certain parts..
WE ARE GRACE FILLED IN ALL OUR RESPONSES
We believe the church should be a family and not a corporation which means that there will inevitably be disagreements within the family.
We aim to practice grace and civil discourse with one another, in order to better understand each other's Biblical perspective and how God is working in different ways throughout our church family.