Our Beliefs

Our faith is all about Jesus: his unparalleled life, his saving death, and his victorious resurrection. All the rest is details.

Our life is all about Jesus: who he really was, not the subjective product of our own idol-factory;

the whole Jesus, not just the parts we like; both the loving Jesus, and the no-nonsense Jesus; the Jesus whose love and whose grace can never be equaled, earned, or deserved, the Jesus to whom the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments bear unique, authoritative witness; the Jesus who loved both the woman at the well and Zacchaeus too much to leave them in self-affirming sin.

He lived the life we should have lived; he died the death we should have died. 

Our faith is all about the Cross. Anselm of Canterbury laid it out for us in Cur Deus Homo? (which means, Why did God have to become human?). Anselm spelled out what our entire Nicene-Chalcedonian Christology was designed to uphold: the principle that only Someone who was fully God and fully human could satisfy the penalty of human sin for an entire world. Every other belief about what Jesus did for us, depends on that belief for its meaning. 

Our faith hangs on Jesus’ resurrection, the truth that sets Jesus apart from every other claim on our hearts, the reality without which the symbol loses its meaning. When it comes to what we will stake our life on, fact trumps fiction every time. If Jesus did not rise, we are all as hopeless as a hog in the stockyards. Jesus’ resurrection validates the entire story of who he is and what he has done. He has now ascended to the throne of the Universe, taking human flesh where it has never gone before, confirming that the Jesus of history and our heavenly Lord are the same Person. He shall come again to earth “like the lightning that flashes across the sky,” to give us new, imperishable bodies like the one He was raised with, to create a new world where the fascinations of this life will seem like childish toys.

But there is more. Because of Jesus, I am compelled to believe in one triune God, the Holy One of Israel.

I believe this Jesus is the unique incarnation of God the Father, who is: the Creator of the masterpiece that reflects the Creator’s beauty and power, the sovereign, indisputable Ruler of all that is, the One from whose presence earth and sky shall one day flee away in terror, the One whose unmatched character sets the standard for love, justice, and truth.

I likewise believe in the Holy Spirit, the One who indwells and empowers those who believe, the One who opens our eyes and gives us new hearts to believe God’s truth, the One who translated God’s word into human written language through the words of the prophets and apostles.

I believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, as defined in the Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy. I approach the Bible with a hermeneutic of trust rather than suspicion.  Biblical authority means that I cannot correct the Bible, but the Bible corrects me.

I believe that God created us for a relationship with God, and gave us tremendous potential for good. But our relationship with God has been broken by sin, twisted beyond our power to repair.  We find ourselves enslaved to what is not good for us, and powerless to do what is good. It is from this bondage that Jesus comes to set us free.

I believe that through Christ, God adopts us into the family of God, the Church. Jesus claims us as his covenant children in the waters of baptism, and he is present with us whenever we eat the bread and drink the cup by which we proclaim his saving death.

I believe that how we respond to the mercy of Christ will lock in our eternal destiny: to a life of endless joy in the presence of God, or a place of endless torment apart from God.

A statement of faith from the Chester (UK) Cathedral sums it all up. “We believe:

That God has shown us what God is like through the life, the death, and the rising again of Jesus Christ;

That God loves each and every human being;

That through faith in God and trust in God’s promises, we can become the people God wants us to be: healed of what harms us, free of what imprisons us, and more fully alive.”



  July 2021  
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