These are the essential understandings of our faith and life together. They are the fundamental realities which we continually center our lives on, and unite our community around. As we trust God together, we trust Him for these realities proclaimed in His Word. We recognize our need to surrender ourselves first to Christ who is the Truth, and as we do, we align ourselves with these truths. As we do, Christ meets us and empowers us walk by faith, trusting God for everything. It is in the midst of this kind of trust that we find ourselves experiencing the fullness of life He spoke of.
Of course, there are many theological issues that are not addressed in this statement of belief, and that’s intentional. John 17 speaks to the power of our unity in Jesus, and as we unite in Christ, we depend on the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom in understanding scripture. That means that sometimes, divergent interpretations will exist side by side. But they do not co-exist in conflict, rather, as an opportunity for sharpening.
But, we have chosen our own way and are in need of redemption from our sin. (Genesis 1, Genesis 3, Romans 3:23)
He is one with the Father, and in Him the fullness of God chose to dwell. Through Him the whole world was created. Through His sinless life, sacrifice on the cross, and subsequent resurrection, humanity has the opportunity to be reconciled back to God. (Matt. 16:13-17, John 10:30-38, Colossians 2:9, John 1:1-18, Hebrews 4:15, Colossians 1:15-20, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, 1 Corinthians 15:14-17)
working in and through humanity today. (John 14:16-17,26)
“It is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It is also “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
(Isaiah 6:3, Isaiah 43:7, John 9:1-7, ).
*”only begotten” are two words that come from one Greek word: monogenes [Strongs 3439] which literally translates to “only generated” or the only of it’s kind. So while other created beings are referred to as “sons of God”, including Angels (Genesis 6:2) and Humans (2 Co 6:18, Luke 3:38), the begotten Son is not the same as a created son. Jesus then, was not created but is eternal, and is “at the Father’s side”. (John 1:18)