Our Values

The Bible is not just a book about what has happened in the past.  It is that, but it is so much more.  God’s Word reveals a Story about God’s activity past, present, and future. 

The Bible begins with creation.  Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  With this simple statement, the curtains roll back as the Story begins to unfold.  If we go wrong here, we will go wrong everywhere else.  God is the Creator, who in His character and actions is righteous, holy, powerful, loving, and the sovereign Ruler of His creation.  As a king has authority over his kingdom, so God has authority over His creation.  The Story of God started with God’s people (Adam & Eve), in God’s place (the Garden of Eden), under God’s rule (the word of God). [1] All was as it should be. 

God’s Word describes how all of creation had responded to God’s voice, but Adam and Eve rejected His words and listened to the Serpent’s (Satan) voice instead. [2] This “falling up” in Genesis 3:6-7 went like this:

"When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves."

This sin and rejection of God’s rule brought separation, judgment, curses, and ultimately death.  Worst of all, they lost God.  They lost the closeness and intimacy they once enjoyed.  The rest of the biblical narrative could be described as God’s mission to rescue and restore His people.  We believe that the fullness of God’s justice and love was expressed in the person and work of Jesus coming to save us from sin, Satan, and death. 

At his birth, Jesus is said to be the descendant of David whose kingdom would never end.[3]  He is the suffering servant who is the Lamb of God (the sacrifice who would take away the sins of Israel and the world).[4] He is the High Priest who can make the worshippers clean, once and for all.[5]  Jesus, in his arrival, came announcing that this kingdom that Israel had been waiting for was now breaking through in him.[6]  Jesus, who was God in the flesh, came reestablishing His Kingdom, reconciling His people, and restoring His creation.  He would offer a Kingdom that was already present, but also not yet consummated.

The King had come, but in His first coming, He would give us a cross and not a gavel.  He would first save us from ourselves and then promise to later save us from our enemies.[7]  On the cross, we see Jesus as our great substitute, willingly taking our place.

When the King returns there will be a consummation or a New Creation.  This is where the entire Story is headed.  It is what every human heart is really longing for.  There is coming a day, though today is not that day, when God will wipe away every tear, do away with injustice, abuse, poverty, homelessness, addiction, suffering, death, and pain. [8] In that Day, God will dwell among His people.  The line between heaven and earth will be gone.  In that day, we will once again be God’s people, in God’s place, under God’s good rule.  The temporary groaning of creation will turn into an eternal chorus of praise for our eternal King.  That Day, will be a very good day!



[1] The Goldsworthy Trilogy, Goldsworthy, Graeme.  Paternoster Press.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2000.  Pg. 60

[2] Platt, David.  Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream.  Multnomah Books.  Colorado Springs, CO.  2010.  Pg. 31

[3] Luke 1:30-32

[4] John 1:29

[5] Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:26-28

[6] Matthew 3:2

[7] Revelation 19:11-22

[8] Revelation 21:1-5

 

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