It is undeniably challenging to assess what “we” believe since “we” consist of many types of people from differing religious and traditional backgrounds who have become intrigued and enamored by Jesus. Some of us love church, some have been burned. Some of us speak in tongues, some think it’s weird. Some of us are conservative, some are not. But no matter where we come from, it is clear we need a guide and some maps to help us find where we are going.
We look to God (Father//Son//Spirit) as our guide and the Bible (OT//NT), the Creeds (Apostolic//Nicene), Christian history and tradition, and God’s creation as our maps.
Our theology is best described by a beautiful communal document written by the earliest Christians of the fourth century called the Nicene Creed (325 C.E.). It reads:
“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, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. 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, who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy 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.”