Statement of Faith

Christian Orthodoxy

As follower of Jesus, we are not simply figuring it all out as we go. We come from a long line of faithful people who’ve come before us… scholars, peasants, fathers, daughters, pastors and writers. Our faith is intertwined with their faith. We believe that God has moved through generations before us and is moving through cultures around us…all worshipping Jesus Christ as King.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Eph 4:4-6

We value God’s leadership within us as well as within others who love Him. For this reason, we seek to agree with the established faith of other believers in areas that are considered clear and important in the Scriptures. The word orthodox comes from the Greek orthos ( meaning "right", "true", "straight") and doxa ("opinion" or "belief", related to dokein, "to think"). We refer to these areas as "orthodoxy" simply because they are the general established understandings of Christians over the past 2000 years.

Why is taking the time to establish orthodoxy important?

Our enemy is manipulative (read Genesis 3). He is often subtle in leading his prey away from truth, even using teachers to accomplish his mission.

  • "…there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves." 2 Peter 2:1
  • "I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people." Romans 16:17-18

What orthodoxy is not:

  • the foundation of our faith (only Jesus Christ is)
  • essential for salvation (only Jesus Christ is)
  • tradition that is to be blindly accepted regardless of Scripture

Correct orthodoxy simply gives a healthy amount of form to faith. In establishing concrete boundaries, understandings and ideas from Scripture, we develop a greater sense of commonality and freedom.

We affirm the following central truths of the historic orthodox Christian faith: