We include this item for several reasons. First it serves as our affirmation of historic orthodox theology – the things all Christians everywhere can claim together. We affirm the historic confessions of the Church such as the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds. We are excited to talk about the Kingdom of God, to discuss the social and economic implications for our lives of Jesus’ teachings, to learn together how to live out Jesus’ call to peace but we aren’t going “emerging” or “liberal” – we will remain solidly within the generous bounds of historic Christian orthodoxy.
Another reason we would like to affirm our commitment to remaining theologically orthodox is that the historic creeds and teachings of the church also function as a corrective to the fads of our own particular time and place. The creeds are not the entirety of New Testament teachings – and we do believe and intend to highlight areas of Scripture not addressed by the creeds. We won’t be a Church that focuses on the many of the issues of our day that are important mostly as cultural signifiers.
You won’t hear much from our pulpit about the culture wars: talking to Christians about the “war on Christmas” or the “homosexual agenda” is a waste of time in our view. We have no official position on millennial schemes – “pre”, “post”, or “a”. We aren’t going to attempt to define inerrancy or demand that you affirm something we can’t define. We won’t demand a 6,000 year old universe. On these issues of our day we’re happy merely to affirm what Christians everywhere have always affirmed: that God created the universe, that Scripture is true, that Jesus is coming back to establish his reign over all things, that all Christians everywhere ought to practice chastity.
Of course we have opinions on many of these topics. And we’re might enjoy talking about them in the right context – but as a Church we would like to focus on the centrality of Christ, on His message and calling on our lives. And we are convinced that we will only make an impact on the world around us by living out the life of Christ within us as individuals and as His people together.