26 Oct What do we believe?
“Storyline Fellowship: You are nice and you throw awesome events at our parks, but what, exactly, do you believe?”
We are so glad you asked.
We believe in one perfect, loving, all-knowing God who exists, has always existed, and will always exist as the Father, his Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, our helper. We believe that they are equal in power and deserve from us the same worship, love, confidence, and obedience.
We believe that God opens our eyes to who He is through creation, the Bible, and Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible, all of it, is the very word of God, written through human authors and that it is entirely true and the only unfailing guide to life – past, present, and future. Because of this, we choose to believe what it teaches, strive to obey what it commands, and determine to trust in all that it promises.
We believe that God created everything – all the heavens and all the earth – through his spoken word. We believe that he himself created Adam and Eve in his own image, above all other living creatures, and that they are the parents of the entire human race. We believe that they were created, and for a time lived, in blamelessness and perfect relationship with God, but walked away from all perfection when they chose disobedience when tempted by Satan. We believe that because of this original disobedience, all of mankind is by nature impure and separated from God. It is only through the saving work of Jesus Christ that we can be renewed.
We believe that Jesus, born to Mary, a virgin, is both fully man and fully God. We believe that he lived a perfect life, free from disobedience or blame. We believe that he walked and lived on this earth, loving people, performing miracles, and showing us the love of God. We believe that he died on a cross and that his blood shed there covers our own disobedience and blame – all of it. We believe that Jesus, in bodily form, rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God, praying for us.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the very Spirit of God, that he points to Jesus in all that he does, that he lives within those who choose to follow Jesus – giving us new life, allowing us to better understand the mysteries of the Bible, and helping us be all that God created us to be.
We believe that the invitation to follow Jesus, to be rescued by Him from our own disobedience and blame, and to live a new and different life is offered freely to every person. We believe that those who trust in Him alone to be made right before God immediately receive a new life here and now and for all eternity. We believe that those who say, “Yes,” to Jesus no longer have to strive to be made good or right, but may rest in knowing that the Holy Spirit will work together with God’s Word to make them more and more of who God intends them to be.
We believe that Jesus is the Leader of the Church, which is made up of all who have truly accepted His invitation. This larger Church demonstrates itself in local churches, which should be made up of those who are truly committed to following Jesus with all of themselves. We believe that Jesus placed importance upon two acts: the public declaration of our faith in Him through baptism and the breaking of bread together as we remember and honor what He did for us on the cross.
We believe that it is our responsibility, as followers of Jesus, to be an example of honest, transparent, loving community. We believe that we are to embody the love of Jesus by pointing to God with songs and words of praise, prayer, and declaration that He is right and loving all the time; by working to share the love of Jesus with everyone all over the world by what we say and what we do; by caring for everything God has created and actively seeking the good of everyone, by living out the realities of true Christianity with care for one another, and by showing compassion to the poor and justice for the oppressed.
We believe that Jesus will return to this earth in bodily form. This return, at a time that no one knows but God, is the reason we press into the love, hope, and commands of our God. We believe that He will return and fulfill every promise made in the Bible. We believe that every person that has lived or will live on this earth will stand before God and give answer for his or her life here. Those who have accepted the blood of Jesus as a gift and payment to God for all disobedience will be pardoned and will spend all of eternity in His presence while those who have rejected that same blood will spend eternity separated from that same presence.
We believe that your story – every story – matters.