|We Believe: A Statement of Faith
[This is an original version of a statement of faith on the part of the leadership of the Cordova Community Church, a church of Christ in 1999. It is not intended to be a formal creed that excludes people, but rather a statement of what the leadership believes so that people might be informed about the particular faith-orientation of the leaders. Such a statement of faith is a "living document" subject to a better understanding of Scripture which alone is the standard of faith and practice.]
We believe that there is only one true and eternal God who is a loving community consisting of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that God created the heavens and the earth out his gracious intention to share his loving community with others, and so he created the human family to share the life of his own loving fellowship.
We believe the human family has rejected God's offer of loving community in order to create their own, and consequently they have broken fellowship with God by the assertion of their own selfish interests.
We believe that throughout history God has lovingly pursued the human family in order to mend that broken fellowship, and God created Israel as a testimony to his intent to heal that brokenness and to prepare the human family for his own coming into the world.
We believe that in Jesus Christ God himself became a human being in order to empathize with our suffering so that God himself might experience the tragedies of human life.
We believe that in Jesus Christ God himself suffered for us in order to remove the barrier of sin that separated us from the fellowship of God's community.
We believe that in Jesus Christ God demonstrated his power over death through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead in order to assure us of his final victory over the tragedies of human life.
We believe that through the pouring out of the Holy Spirit God created a new human community in which he communes with his people by dwelling among them.
We believe that by faith in the gracious work of Jesus Christ we enter this new community as we participate in the death and resurrection of Jesus through an immersion in water.
We believe that by faith in the gracious work of Jesus Christ God communes with us in the Lord's Supper as we worship in the assembly of God's people each week.
We believe this new community is the place where believers embody the life and ministry of Jesus in their own experience through worship, service and witness.
We believe that in Jesus Christ God will return to rescue his community from this tragic life and offer it a new heavens and new earth where the dead are raised and everything is made new.
We believe that in that new heavens and new earth God will fulfill his original intent to share the fullness of his divine community with his redeemed community.
We believe that God has given us the Bible where he bears witness to the story of his loving pursuit of the human family, interprets his story for us so we can understand what he is doing and applies the meaning of that story to our lives so that we might know what fellowship with him means and how to enjoy it.
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