We are part of God’s ongoing story of creation, redemption, and hope. For this reason, the Bible occupies a central place in our communal life: it is both the story of our people and the single revelation all Christians share. Inspired by God, it is our Scripture – our sacred text – and we take it seriously as insight into God and guide to Godly living.
God is both knowable and mysterious; each person’s understanding of God is limited by his or her own experience and biases. We are dependent upon each other, as theologians in a community of the faithful, and upon God’s revelation for our development in understanding and practice.
Every person is made in the image of God, and every person has sinned, that is, turned away from God. We aim for perfection in love of God and love of neighbor, and since we fall short, are grateful for the saving, forgiving, and redeeming grace of the God who loved us first, and always.
We believe that God has yet to speak God’s last word.
Ephesians 4:11-16 (New International Version)
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.