Bearing Witness Together

 

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”Jesus of Nazareth. Matthew 11, MSG

Consistent disciplines, such as varied forms of prayer, celebration, solitude, and silence, shape our heart, faith and work. As participants of the global church and the Church of the Nazarene, we embrace early Christian symbols of belief such as the Apostles’ Creed, and we seek to live our faith as a community, seeking justice, mercy, and humility:

We are committed to Shalom as “peace” and “wholeness” with God, while seeking Biblical justice, imagination, and tenacious hope among those suffering from oppression here and abroad. We believe Shalom is what God intends for us as individuals and for our neighborhoods. The climax of the story of God’s ongoing pursuit of humanity is found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as God making Shalom with all things. In Jesus, good news came near, introducing new life and salvation, announcing the Kingdom of God. We choose to live in anticipation of the day when the fullness of God’s peace makes all things whole again, beginning here, now and in the age to come.

For in Him [Jesus] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.Colossians 1:19-2)

The hopeful way of Jesus compels us to love God and to love our neighborhood as ourselves. We believe God wants to restore the brokenness of all things through the person of Jesus Christ—our relationships with God, self, others and creation. We embrace the suffering of Christ, daily carrying our own crosses. We believe the tomb is empty, and we want to practice resurrection in the way we live and work. And so we trust the whole gospel to meet the needs of a whole neighborhood, including all of who we are as mind, body, soul, and emotion as well as the spiritual, social, and economic fabric of our neighborhoods.

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.John 1:14, The Message (MSG)

And in our brokenness, God is changing us.