Embracing the Paradox
To be a Biblical Christian means to be comfortable living in the paradox.
The Bible is full of truths and concepts that seem to contradict, but are in reality a display of the beautiful, multi-faceted character of God. Jonathan Edwards observed that Jesus is "an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies." As people of God, we need embrace truths and practices that combine diverse but excellent aspects of God's character.
We believe that God is three in one. We believe that Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. We believe the Bible is 100% the Word of God and 100% penned by man. These are not contradictions but beautiful paradoxes, testimonies to God's uniqueness and His manifold wisdom.
We strive to emulate the convergence of grace and truth that Jesus Christ displayed. We make it our goal both to preach the Word without apology and to love people unconditionally.
We believe in both the immanence and the transcendance of our God. He is very near to us, yet set apart from us as the awesome Creator.
We believe in the sovereignty of God, and we believe in the urgency of evangelism and the power of prayer.
We believe that churches should be focused on both evangelism and discipleship. We desire for our church family to connect in a personal way, but we also want to influence a greater number of people for Christ.
We desire to uphold the unadjusted gospel of Jesus, and at the same time to remove unnecessary obstacles to the gospel. We aim for relevance (nothing is more relevant than the gospel of Christ!) without compromise. We are passionate about reaching the lost, but we refuse to employ God-degrading gimmicks in order to do so.
Does this convergence of ideas resonate with you? Can you embrace by faith these Biblical paradoxes?