Our evangelical community was born in prayer over a kitchen table with people convinced of Trinitarian faith expressed in the Bible and the great Ecumenical creeds (Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed) and of the centrality and exclusivity of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate.
The church’s purpose from its beginning emphasized four other convictions of evangelical practice. 1) A concern to do greater justice to the social implications of the Gospel without compromising the message. This was part of a zeal to minister to the poor and weak, the downtrodden, and displaced. 2) A determination to avoid moralistic legalism (extra-biblical lists of do’s and don’ts). 3) A conviction to avoid anti-intellectualism. 4) A concern to “major on majors.” This commitment reflects the Savior’s prayer that our unity in the truth is the best evidence of the truth. So, a major emphasis on this point was to “preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).