Theology

Theology should not just be derived from intellectual or theoretical perspective alone, but also from fleshed out practice in the real world.  All theology should be practiced, tested, and even discovered in the context of real-life experience through the lens of scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. Theology should not dismiss everyday life, but instead integrate it with constant discovery and learning of both new and traditional information.  Just as the church cannot be separated from locality, so the academic and intellectual cannot be separated from the environment and local contexts of life. A theology that does not hold to this paradigm is likely to be empty and irrelevant. Our theology is built on the foundation of the early creeds through the lenses of scripture, tradition, reason, and experience: 


GOD THE FATHER // Creator of all things, of Heaven and Earth

JESUS CHRIST // The only begotten Son, our Lord, who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.  On the third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended unto Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From thence he shall judge the quick and the dead. 

THE HOLY GHOST // In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life. 

ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH // The Communion of Saints, which is the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ good works.  The local expression of the global church must be faithful to the content of unchanging Biblical doctrine. While scripture is not relevant, our interpretation of scripture often is, and is sometimes jaded and filtered through various non-biblical lenses.  Thus we are open to new understandings and interpretations as new discoveries, both culturally and historically present themselves in biblical and interpretive studies.

THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS // That the salvation of all creation, is made possible by God's grace alone, yet is evident through a life of ongoing repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ that leads to good works and the recreation of all things. 

THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY AND LIFE EVERLASTING // That our hope extends from the Resurrection of Jesus to the resurrection of the body.  God's people are promised a new type of bodily existence, which is the fulfillment and redemption of our present type of bodily existence through the Holy Spirit as sort of a new creation that will be ruled by God in the complete manifestation of his kingdom.