Monday, July 31, 2006

BCC's Statement of Faith

I think reminding ourselves of the foundational ideas of our church might be helpful. Here's the official Statement of Faith (which I note, just as an aside, is shorter and less doctrine-y than it used to be):
Bellevue Community Church is an interdenominational, Christ-centered, people-loving, joy-filled, hope-giving church whose vision is the relentless, relational, and resourceful pursuit of helping people "find God, follow Christ, and be free to dream!" Our vision is based on the following outline of our core beliefs:

We exist to give real hope to real people facing life in the real world.

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God, as truth for every generation and as the standard for all ethical and moral decisions in faith and life.

We believe God has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Hebrew-Christian Scriptures and has made Himself known through the incarnation of Jesus the Christ.

We celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the central event of history and the sole ground of hope for human redemption.

We teach that man comes into a right relationship with God, not by religion, but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Leader of our lives. Real hope is in Christ alone and is accessed by faith alone.

We affirm that authentic faith in Jesus will evidence itself in a "new life" which seeks full devotion to Jesus Christ. Obedience to the teachings of Christ found in the Sacred Scriptures lead to freedom expressed by loving service to God and others, and spiritual fruitfulness is normative as empowered by the Holy Spirit.

We invite seekers to become finders. We encourage finders to become keepers who demonstrate a great commitment to the great commandment (loving God and loving your neighbor) and the great commission (as you go, share your hope with everyone).

We seek to build community where God is honored as people are invited to belong and become, to know and be known, to serve and be served, as well as celebrate and be celebrated.

I could parse and explicate this thing till the proverbial cows return to the proverbial domicile (for instance, what exactly constitutes "real hope" -- your answer may be different from mine), but I think I shan't tinker with this right now. But I do recommend re-familiarizing yourself with it, if it's been a while.


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