Countless definitions exist concerning what Christianity or “Following Christ” may be. There are divergent views of virtually every thought, concept and term used by Scripture. And then there are the disagreements surrounding what makes scripture “Scripture,” what, in deed comprises the Word of God? These issues and more make clarifying the structure of the church both difficult and essential. Increasingly church movements are diverging from previously settled, clear and established theology and doctrine.
We want to be clear: g2k holds to the great truths and doctrines that have accompanied the church of Jesus Christ from the first century until now. We are very traditional in the sense of Christian values, Bible doctrine and the day to day living out of those doctrines. Our argument is not with theology, but with structure. Our enemy isn’t the “church,” our nemesis is “religion.” We believe what we read in God’s Word. With full understanding that we will be criticized for our position, we nevertheless take the Word of God literally and personally. We don’t get into arguments or debates and we don’t quibble about some of the stuff we’ve watched others become engrossed in: Things like “Is the rapture of the church coming before Anti-Christ is revealed or will He come after the Tribulation?” Our concern is more that the church becomes and reflects the church and heart of Jesus regardless of one’s eschatological or other theological views.
There are many cults, cultists, heresies and heretics, strange doctrines and strange people all claiming to be “Christians,” “believers,” “brothers” and “sisters” and you might wonder if somehow we’re in that esoteric group of folks. We hope we’re not. In fact, we hold to the major doctrines found in the Apostles’ Creed (see below) from which most major protestant (what is it we’re protesting?) denominations (another strange word) developed their statements of doctrine.
So it’s not that doctrine isn’t important; it is very important. It’s just that God hasn’t called us primarily to be apologists; Our mission and focal point isn’t chiefly the defense of classical evangelical doctrine. God has called us – the people of nRn (next Reformation network) and g2k, to hear His Voice and to walk with those who also are hearing that same Voice into a new and living “emerging church” that will be alive, powerful, holy and ready for Anti-Christ or Jesus Christ, whatever may come. This is not a doctrinal position, it’s a missional position.
We’re as comfortable with Pentecostal people as we are with Southern Baptists. We’re as at home with Methodists as we are with Presbyterians or Lutherans or Baptists or Roman Catholics – because they are people, and God loves people! “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
Specifically, we believe the following:
- There is one true and eternal God, existing in three Persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal.
- The scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are wholly and verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man.
- We believe that Jesus pre-existed in eternity as one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We believe that He became incarnate through the virgin birth, that He was sinless in life, and that He died as a substitute and atonement for all who will believe. We believe that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day and that He ascended to the Father where He now lives, death having no more power over Him. We also believe in the personal and imminent return of Jesus Christ to receive His Church and Bride to Himself.
- We believe in the gift of the Holy Spirit, His power and work in the life of the believer – revealing Jesus Christ and enabling us to victoriously live and move and to have our being in Him.
- We believe that man is born with a sin nature and that redemption is received through repentance and accepting the free gift of salvation offered through Jesus Christ. We believe that we are justified by faith alone in the atoning blood of the Jesus Christ.
- Sanctification is implemented in our lives as we begin a daily walk in “newness of life.” We believe that sanctification is instantaneous at salvation and also progressive, and continues as we walk “in holiness,” empowered and enabled to do so by the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
- We believe in “the assembling together” of believers in Jesus Christ, joined together in vital relationship to worship God, pray, fellowship, to proclaim the gospel, grow through the Word of God, and for the fellowship of the ordinances of Communion and Water Baptism. The “Church” of God includes all those who have received Jesus Christ as their personal and only Savior. There is also the Church “universal” – the church with no boundaries – unseen throughout the world, but recorded in God’s Book of Life in heaven.
And finally, we believe the Apostle’s Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of
God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy *catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.