Living Faithfully —  

What does that mean exactly? Well, for us it means . . . 

Faith, if it is based on the truth, should make sense of our world!

  • If what the Bible reveals about God, this world and our lives is actually true, it should be borne out and validated in our human experience.
  • Faith does not mean having to “turn off” one’s brain. Faith is not the opposite of reason, nor does it exist in the absence of evidence. On the contrary, we believe that an abiding faith requires both.
  • Faith is not old-fashioned and out of touch in this modern age, nor is it anti-science — after all, if there really is a God, science is His, too. Rather, faith explains the complexities of our world and our innate human strengths, frailties and yearnings better than any competing set of beliefs and is as relevant for us today as it has ever been.

Faith does not mean having to “turn off” one’s brain.

Faith is not the opposite of reason, nor does it exist in the absence of evidence.

On the contrary, we believe that an abiding faith requires both.

Faith, if it is based on the truth, should make sense of our lives!

  • Although acknowledging the rationale for faith is necessary, it’s not sufficient.  It is only when one begins to trust in that faith and faith begins to become the lens through which the world is viewed that one’s life starts making sense.
  • Over time, as faith increasingly becomes a greater reality and the organizing principle of our lives, we are transformed from the inside out.
  • God’s story as revealed in the Bible explains a great deal about our very existence and the meaning and purpose of our individual and collective lives . . .

 

Yet . . . 

  • There is still mystery and much that lies beyond our full comprehension.  We don’t have all the answers and we try to be honest about our questions, doubts and disagreements – all of which are a normal part of the life of faith.

And because of that . . .

  • We do not shy away from wrestling with difficult, but perfectly legitimate questions such as:
    • Why does a supposedly loving God allow suffering and evil to exist in our world?
    • How can anything happen contrary to the will of an “all-powerful” God?
    • Is the Bible “literally” true?
    • Does evidence for evolution disprove the Bible?
    • How can the Bible have so many rules and, yet, not really be about following rules at all?
    • Does prayer actually work?  If so, how?
  • Recognizing that we all come from a great variety of backgrounds and faith traditions, have had vastly different life experiences, and are at different points in our spiritual journeys, we do not divide over our differences.  Rather, we aim to encourage and help each other grow in our knowledge and faith in Jesus Christ.

 

We would love for you to come visit us on a Sunday morning to see and experience for yourself what we mean!  

 

 

For more on exactly what we understand and hold to be true, please see

Our Statement of Faith