Our Beliefs & Statement of Faith
Here are just a few of our thoughts about God…
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
-A. W. Tozer
Our creator God is a Tender Father, who loves His children.
He has all we need for LIFE and GODLINESS.
He delights in His children.
He is full of joy.
He answers prayer.
He will guide our homes.
He is the only one who can sustain family worship.
He is the God of love, who reveals His love to us and through us.
“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty,
in all things charity.”
One of the premises for all of our conversation that we hold true is that the Bible is the infallible, authoritative word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit and is truth.
To inform our background, we hold to main creeds of the Christian faith such as the Nicene and Apostles Creeds. We affirm the main and plain doctrines the Orthodox Church has affirmed for centuries.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
A little more on Interpreting Scripture:
The science of interpretation of scripture is called biblical hermeneutics. The main hermeneutic interpretive stance we’ll hold is that the text should be examined in context, and sought to be understood in light of what it meant to the audience it was written to.
Then, we have to discern what are the truths that are eternal, what are the emphases that were given for that particular people and bare a cultural stance. Once we see the difference culturally from the original audience and our context in the 21st century, we’ll then take the eternal truths and attempt to apply them to our lifestyles.
Interpretation of scripture is not black and white. If it were, I assume we’d have a few less than 40,000 different denominations throughout the protestant church.
Regardless, we have to take a stab at it.