What We Believe
We’re all part of a greater story, yet many of us don’t know how we fit into it.
We believe that everyone is on a journey in life. Some of us are searching for meaning, wanting to make a lasting impact in the world. Others are looking for answers to deep questions. Still others are experiencing hurts and are longing for healing and hope. We believe in the story of life as presented in the Christian Scriptures. We believe that this story is true and it is the best way to make sense out of the world around us. We believe that there are answers and hope for all who search for God with all their heart. In this post-Christian culture, few people know the Bible or its message. We believe that it is important to explain the foundations of the Christian story to everyone willing to listen.
We believe that in the past, present, and future, God exists eternally in a loving community as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Church throughout history — when describing that there is one God and three distinct persons — has called this divine community "trinity", meaning threefold-unity. This trinitarian God is the Creator and King of all things. This means that everything comes from him and is created for him. For all time, love and glory have been expressed and shared within the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In love, the Creator and King chose to extend his perfect love to mankind. He created man and woman with dignity and equality in his image. God created us so that we could enjoy him and reflect his good character throughout the world. He created the world with beauty and purpose. He instructed humankind to care for, manage and govern his creation. His desire is for us to live in pure and devoted fellowship with our Creator.
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth
We believe that God is the origin and embodiment of truth. He is the ultimate reality of all time. As he has chosen to extend his love to mankind, he has chosen to reveal his truth to us as well. That is, the truth of the meaning of life, the problem we all face, and the solution of hope that he alone offers.
Throughout history, God has revealed his truth to humanity. He spoke through prophets. He orchestrated scribes to record and preserve his truth. Their writings were compiled in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. This is what is commonly known as the Bible.
At the climax of human history, God entered the story he created. Over two thousand years ago, he became human, revealing his truth in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was God incarnate, not just a great moral teacher. Eastern and Western religions alike esteem the moral “Golden Rule”. It says "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". According to Jesus, this happens to be the second greatest commandment.
Jesus taught that the first and central demand of God's law is this:
"Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength”.
Jesus makes it clear, we were created to love all people, and more importantly, to love God most of all.
Pride comes before a fall
Yet throughout history, and today, we rebel against the Creator and King. We reject his offer of life. Pride is at the root of our rebellion. It not only hurts ourselves and those around us, but it also attempts to steal God’s glory. It puts us in God's place, at the centre of our lives. This pride is what the Bible calls sin. The Bible says that all people have sinned and fall short of God’s standard of goodness. In our pride, we become rebels. This rebellion results in the loss of our initial dignity, honor, and glory that we had as God’s people. Because we reject the Creator of life, everlasting death and separation from God become the ultimate consequence for us all. The bible calls this everlasting state of separation "hell".
The word Gospel means good news.
It’s the good news that God loved us so much that he came to us in history to restore our story. He came to fix the brokenness in our lives and bring us to himself. He showed us what he is like by becoming human, like us. Jesus died on a Roman cross to display God’s love and to fulfill God’s justice. He offered the exchange of his life for ours. Jesus took our rejection and sentence to hell so that we could return to God in a right relationship. He rose from the dead on the third day and gives believers his resurrection life so that we too may live new lives. And as God makes our lives new, following in Jesus’ ways, God wants to restore our community and the world.
Community of new lives
We believe that Jesus calls his followers to be the church.
This community of believers follows Jesus in every facet of life. This is a group identified by those whose highest hope and allegiance are in God through Jesus Christ. The church is a redeemed people who live new lives by the Holy Spirit and will be with God for eternity.
We believe that one day God will make right all that was ruined. He will come to judge the world, to bring justice, to heal the broken, to restore and renew the whole world. He will bring the fullness of his kingdom to earth. The whole earth will be established with the perfect peace that the world has been longing for.
Explore more about what we believe through our next season of Alpha, a series of dinners, videos, and discussions around the Christian faith.