What We Believe

We Believe

Along with Christians throughout the last 2,000 years, in all nations, and in all denominations, we affirm the following statements of faith, known as the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed:

The Apostles Creed

WE BELIEVE in God, the Father Almighty,
       Creator of heaven and earth,
WE BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
       He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
           and born of the Virgin Mary.
       He suffered under Pontius PIlate,
           was crucified, died, and was buried.
       He descended to the dead.
       On the third day he rose again.
       He ascended into heaven,
           and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
       He wil come again to judge the living and the dead.
WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit,
       the universal Church,
       the communion of saints,
       the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,
       and the life everlasting.

The Nicene Creed

WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

Eight Relational Values of Living Open-Hearted

1. Non-Negotiable Love
Non-negotiable love is being the best expression of Christ to another human being.  Putting love first and last in every situation keeps us in the abiding Presence of God.  Non-negotiable love can heal and seal every problem that may occur in any relationship.

LISTEN to value #1

2. Authentic
Relationships of openness and honesty allow us to drop the mask and the image we unconsciously present to the world.  In this way we live in conscious freedom and joy before people as we do before God; Accepted in the Beloved, accepted in the Body, accepted by self.

LISTEN to value #2

3. Believing the Best
It is impossible to grow relationships when living in an atmosphere of disapproval.  Believing the best about people is not about ignoring their faults but about recognizing that everyone wants to change and become like Jesus.  We are always a work in progress and therefore deserving of mercy, grace and love.  Whenever we see Christ in one another, He is Present!

LISTEN to value #3

4. Always Declare Your Commitment
Declaring your commitment to others is the best way of understanding and receiving God’s commitment to you.  Scripture is God’s declaration of commitment to humanity.  His whole heart is in His word to us.  When you declare your commitment, your heart follows your involvement.

LISTEN to this value #4

5. Truth Wrapped in Love, Preceded by Grace
Truth is not just about being right, but also about doing right.  Truth given without compassion and love may destroy someone’s world.  This is your opportunity to win someone’s heart to a greater love in Christ.  When acceptance and truth combine with loving kindness… people are made whole.

LISTEN to this value #5

6. Character Before Gifting
Not valuing character will diminish your gift.  When your progress in godliness is visible, your trustworthiness will increase and your anointing will expand.

LISTEN to value #6

7. Give and It Shall Be Given
Giving is the conscious choice to embrace the Christ life - being found in the One who gave himself for all. God is our Source. We participate in God’s inexhaustible supply when we allow His good gifts to circulate through us as channels of grace and peace.

LISTEN to value #7

8. Stewardship Is Not Ownership
Stewardship is the intentional pursuit of God to involve Him in everything. Co-operating with Holy Spirit in all of your life.

LISTEN to value #8