Our evangelical community was born in prayer with people convinced of the Trinitarian faith expressed in the Bible and the great Ecumenical creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, Athanasian) and of the centrality and exclusivity of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate.
The church’s purpose in its beginning emphasized other convictions. 1) To love God and love life since God intends his word to accomplish its purpose, namely that we go out in joy and be led forth in peace. So we want to have a good time on our way to heaven. After all, God has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 2) A concern to make disciples. 3) Do greater justice to the social implications of the Gospel without compromising the message. 4) A determination to avoid moralistic legalism (extra-biblical lists of do’s and don’ts). 5) A conviction to avoid anti-intellectualism. 6) 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). 7. Enjoy historic worship but free to use fresh ways for today.