Some of the things we believe...
• We believe that Jesus did not come to condemn, judge, or be served by the world but to serve, love and liberate mankind from the disease of sin.
• We believe that God is not angry at the sinner but full of love and grace pursuing mankind with a radical message of kindness, which He displayed through the character of His son Jesus Christ.
• We believe that the Kingdom of heaven is not somewhere you go when you die but is something we have access to now, in life. The Kingdom of God is a real and tangible force, transforming our world with freedom, peace and joy.
• We believe that Jesus has given us power through the baptism of His Spirit to free people from addictions, fear, anxiety, depression, sickness, poverty and unbelief. We believe that all of the gifts are active and alive in the Church of Jesus Christ. We hold that the baptism of Jesus is the baptism of the Holy Spirit and is the baptism that Paul teaches and is held in the Nicene Creed "One Lord, One Father, One Baptism".
• We believe that God opposes religion and embraces relationship. Religion is a man made counterfeit of the real righteousness that removes the beauty that can be found in relationship with our Father. He extends His love and grace no matter the circumstance. He is always for us, empowering us, healing us and changing us through His Spirit.
• We do not believe in hell. We do not believe our loving God would torment anyone for eternity. The Gospel of Jesus has been misinterpreted through the eyes of fear, hate, anger and mankind's desire for vengeance. We believe that according to scripture such teaching of hell is outside the context of the historical teaching of the early church in the Eastern Orthodox tradition of Polycarp, Origeon, and Gregory of Nicee (father of the Nicene Cree). The teaching of infernalism or eternal conscience torment has its roots in paganism and Platonic philosophy of the immortality of the soul which lies in contrast to the Pauline teaching of the mortality of the soul.
1 CORINTHIANS 15
"For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the end our position is to walk humbly in the teaching of final judgement. We hold to the belief that all mankind and/or created things will walk through the refining fire of Gods' merciful, gracious presence and every knee will bow and swear allegiance to the Lamb of God, Jesus.
1 CORINTHIANS 3
10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, [d]precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to berevealed with fire, and the fire itself will test [e]the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
• We believe that Jesus did not come solely to die for our sins. Rather, He came to show us the Father's heart by giving His life as a ransom to set us free from the law of sin and death. His death effectively ended the Law and the race of Adam. His resurrection brought the freedom from death and the law for all mankind. "What sin did through Adam, Jesus undid at the Cross (Robyn Perry)"
• We do not subscribe to the Western pessimistic, apocalyptic world view. On the contrary, we believe that the the world is being restored back to Eden as God reconciles man to Himself. We hold to the historical Orthodox view that the book of Revelation pertained to the imminent future of the disciples and prophetically described the events that would transpire, leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.