Our dream is to see heaven and earth woven together again in the East Bay and beyond.
This dream is shaped and support by the beliefs and practices we aspire toward. Because belief is a dynamic (rather than static) reality, we’re filled with moments of beautiful and true articulation about God and God’s presence in the world as well as moments when we forget whose we are altogether. What follows represents the trajectory of belief we, together, aspire toward. We invite you to experience the best articulation of our beliefs by joining us in the practice of our way of life.
The revealer of God’s true essence, our Authority, and the One whom we orient our life around. His life, death, and resurrection waged decisive peace between God and us, us and ourselves, us and one another, and us and creation, making Him the only Way to the Father. (Colossians 1:15, John 1:1, Matthew 28:18, Matthew 4, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, Ephesians 2:11-22, John 14:6)
The Triune God
The perfect picture of loving mutual interdependence between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Author and Main Character of the Story we find ourselves within. (Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,2; 4:24; Acts 5:3,4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Way of Jesus
The way of being human ushered in by Jesus that is marked by humble submission, limitless forgiveness, radical acceptance, nonviolent peacemaking, courageous generosity, careful guidance, and sacrificial love. This way of life is “life to the full.” (John 10:10; John 15; John 17:20-23; John 13:34-35; Matthew 28:16-20)
Authoritative in that it points us to Jesus, is true, and is worth our careful study. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We are fig-leaf wearing fantasy fabricators made in the image of God who too often confuse the Kingdom of God with our own kingdoms. We are being made alive, whole, and forgiven in the extravagant grace of a loving God. (Genesis 1:26,27; 3:1,24; Romans 3:25; 5:12-18; 1 John 1:8)
The Holy Spirit
The very breath of God that roams untamed within and among us to transform us into the image of Jesus Christ and to empower us for ministry within the places we live, work, and play. (John 16:5-15; Romans 8:16, 23, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
Baptism and Eucharist are the two practices that Jesus gave His community. We practice infant and believer’s baptism and receive Eucharist as often as possible. (Baptism: Acts 2:38-41; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:26-40; 10:47; 18:8; Romans 6:3-4. Communion: Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
Though myriad and messy in its expressions, the Church consists of all who submit to the authority of Jesus. Empowered by the Spirit, the Church exists as a contextualized sacrament to demonstrate what God is really like. (Romans 12:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:12-16; Hebrews 10:24-25; John 17:20-23)