Statement of Faith

"Since Jesus Christ is a servant, looking to Him cannot mean looking away from the world, from
men, from life, or, as is often said, from oneself. It cannot mean looking away into some distance
or height. To look to Him is to see Him at the very center, to see Him and the history which,
accomplished in Him, heals everything and all things, as the mystery, reality, origin and goal of
the whole world, all men, all life."

- Karl Barth

About Our Faith Statement

The Network was formed by Christ followers deeply concerned about how we engage with the world around us, learn from one another, and pass on what we have learned. Below you will find our faith statement and you will notice (We hope!) that it is not very long and is limited in scope. This is because:

1. You can’t very well ask people to engage in conversation with you if you start out by doing all the talking. In other words, a gigantic document specifically outlining a
“theology” of anything we think might be remotely connected to faith and life is more likely to discourage conversation as opposed to encouraging it.

2. The Christian faith is not a mindless, monolithic cult. It is informed and nurtured by a rich variety of spiritual traditions, customs, understanding, concepts and language that are drawn from a common root in the life and work of Jesus Christ. We cannot explore, understand, and learn from our different experiences if we begin by walling off others over issues that, while they may be important, are not essential.

3.  While we don’t think we have all the answers, but we do want to be honest about where we are coming from. All journeys (and conversations!) have a starting point and our faith statement is intended to serve as a point of reference. Use it the way you would the “You are here” spot on the map of a shopping mall. It is designed to orient you, but you should always feel free to explore.

 

What do we believe?

Here are our five essentials:

1) We believe in one living, eternal, and true God, who is creator of heaven and earth, and who manifests Himself in three persons: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Each person has own distinct personal attributes, but the three are without division in nature,
essence, or being.

2) We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate and was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day He arose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there He will come to judge the quick and the dead. We believe that salvation is made possible through
His death and resurrection.

3) We believe in the Holy Spirit who provides illumination for men and women to understand the truth and enlightens and empowers the believer in worship, study, and service.

4) We believe the Bible is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humankind. Its authority comes from God who is its author and provided the divine inspiration to human beings which resulted in its being written. The Bible is to be understood and
interpreted through the person and work of Jesus Christ.

5) God alone is the Lord of the conscience. As god has given men & women free will to choose, it is not for this Network to attempt to undermine or curb that right.

 

Please bear in mind that these five statements are by no means an exhaustive expression of the
full spectrum of Christian belief. However, they do form a solid framework from which to carry
out our mission. We have chosen these five because we believe them to be essential to Christian
faith and because together they provide an uncluttered foundation from which to explore matters
of faith and public life.