For us and our salvation:
God is a deep relationship and a community of inclusive love whom we know as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God’s love spills over into the creation and humanity, drenching us with a lavish grace through the beauty of creation, through the Holy Scriptures, and preeminently and personally in Jesus Christ, the living and life-giving Word of God.
In the event of creation:
God’s intelligence and beauty are manifested in the heavens and the earth, and most of all in the nobility of humanity as God’s image bearers. However, our first human parents turned from God’s voice, listening to the voice of Temptation. Since then, sin, pain and death have, like a virus, disordered and attacked relationships spiritually, psychologically, socially, and environmentally. Human nature has fallen, forgetting and loosing what once was our rightful inheritance: love and harmony. Yet, God was faithful and did not let us slip too far away into chaos.
In the ancient days:
God was always pursuing a relationship with humanity: to heal us and restore order amidst the chaos. God entered into a covenant relationship with Abraham and his heirs. In liberation and judgment, in word and deed, God formed Israel to be God’s people to whom God promised a Messiah.
In the incarnation:
The messiah came. Jesus Christ, the fully human vessel of the Word of God, entered into our human experience. In life, Jesus lived in faithful obedience to God overcoming temptation and sin, bringing love, forgiveness, healing, mercy and justice. In death, Jesus experienced human violence and hatred. On the cross he died an innocent death, bearing on behalf of human nature all our sin and shame. In resurrection, Jesus Christ overcame the power of death, giving us the hope of new life to come. New life in Christ is available through returning to relationship with God through Christ by his Spirit. Through this relationship anyone can experience the mind of Christ; the forgiveness of sins, and the hope of the fullness of life and joy, now and always.
In the present and in the church:
God is with us by the Holy Spirit. We are not alone. Whereas Jesus Christ was born the Son of God, we through faith are re-born as sons and daughters of God, heirs of Christ’s life, light and love. As promised, the Holy Spirit was given to comfort and empower the church as the presence of Christ with us. The Spirit nurtures, teaches, convicts, and empowers us with gifts for ministry to the world and the church. We are also guided and comforted by the Holy Spirit through the Holy Scriptures and the gift of wisdom. Interpreted, taught and proclaimed, the Scriptures guide and inform the church. The church, by the Spirit, bears forth the relational kingdom of God into the world, proclaiming and living out the presence, love, mercy and justice of God through Christ by the Spirit in word, deed and sacrament. As we journey together in worship and faith, it is our aim to be transformed so to obtain a deeper knowledge of the love and mysteries of God and a fuller experience of Christ’s life-giving presence. Through our union with Christ, and in particular through Christian spiritual practices, we continue Christ’s incarnation into the world bearing the gifts of wisdom, joy, healing, wholeness, and love.
For the world and the future:
For the sake of the world and the glory of God, we seek creative ways to live the love and joy of Jesus Christ in our culture, communities and world. The Gospel is the message of God’s relational love demonstrated by Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, this love transforms lives from despair to hope, and from death to life. This relational love bears good fruit, edifying and transforming our lives day by day. God is bringing about the best possible future, and through God’s presence and action in the Gospel, God is drawing women and men, boys and girls of all nations and races into the Body of Christ where, as the family of God, we lift our hearts and voices in prayer, praise and silence, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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