We believe in the one true Creator God, who shows God’s self through self-giving love in a communal relationship of oneness displayed in three persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1; Matthew 3.16–17; Mark 1.10–11; Luke 1.35, 3.22; John 1.32; Hebrews 9.14; Acts 7.55; Romans 8
God called creation good & humanity very good.
God marked us with an identity as his image bearers & gave us a missional calling to serve, care for & cultivate Earth.
God created humans in his image to live in fellowship with him, one another, our inner selves, and creation.
The Hebrew poets used the word Shalom to describe both the intended relationship between the creator & creation as well as relationships among creation.
Genesis 1-2; 1 Timothy 4.4
The enemy tempted the first humans, & darkness & evil entered the story through human sin & are now a part of the world. This devastating event resulted in our relationships with God, others, ourselves & creation being fractured & in desperate need of redeeming.
Genesis 3.15; Romans 5.12; Colossians 1.21
God chose a people, Abraham & his descendants, to represent him in the world. God promised to bless them as a nation so that through them all nations would be blessed.
Matthew 1.28-55; John 1; John 3.16-17; Romans 8.19-25; Colossians 1.15-20
Jesus came to preach good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted & set captives free, proclaiming a new arrival of the kingdom of God, bringing about a new exodus, and restoring our fractured world.
John 1.29; Romans 3.22-26; 5.1-9; Mark 4.26; Romans 14.17; 1 Corinthians 4.20; 2 Corinthians 5.17; Hebrews 1.1-3; Revelation 21.5
John 14.26; 20.21-23; Ephesians 1.17-19; Acts 1.8