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Acts 1:1-3

The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

2 Peter 1:15-17
And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you may be able to call these things to mind. For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
 We Are Convinced That Objective Truth Exists
 No search for spiritual or metaphysical truth can begin unless we are first convinced that objective truth exists and that it can be known. We are convinced that “relativism” and the current cultural definition of “tolerance” is self-refuting, and we know that there is an objective truth about spiritual matters. We also know, however, that this truth cannot be wielded like a club on those who are still seeking.
 We Are Convinced That God Exists
 We are convinced that the evidence is more than sufficient to demonstrate that there is am uncaused first cause of the universe. We are convinced that the specificity of information and the appearance of design in the universe and in all biological systems is best explained by the existence of a creator God. We are convinced that a theistic worldview is the only worldview that can provide sufficient ‘grounding’ for transcendent objective moral laws and the absolute laws of logic.
 We Are Convinced That Souls Exist
 We recognize the existence of an unseen reality. We are convinced that there is more than sufficient rational reason to believe that we, as human beings, are both bodies and souls. We are also convinced that our souls live on beyond the grave. We are convinced that there is a life that awaits us following this corporeal, mortal existence.
 We Are Convinced That The Bible Is Reliable
 We trust that the Bible is telling us reliable truth, and this trust is not blind. We are convinced that there is sufficient evidence from archeology, prophecy and yes, even science to corroborate and validate the teaching of the Bible. We are also convinced that the scripture has been faithfully and carefully transmitted over the centuries by believers who cherished every word. For this reason, we are convinced that the scripture we have today, is a faithful translation of the scripture possessed by the earliest believers.
 We Are Convinced That Jesus Is God
 We are convinced that there is more than sufficient evidence to corroborate the ‘historicity’ of Jesus. He lived and breathed and his life was accurately recorded by eyewitnesses. We recognize the Gospels as eyewitness accounts and recognize that they are supported archeologically and by the reports of contemporary Jewish authors. We are convinced that Jesus claimed to be God Himself, demonstrated the power of God, was worshiped as God by those who witnessed Him, and eventually proved His Deity by resurrecting from the dead.
 We Are Convinced That We Are Saved By Grace Alone
 We know there is a coming judgment of God and that all of us fall desperately short of God’s perfect standard of righteousness. We also know that there is absolutely nothing that any of us can do to save ourselves or earn the perfect righteousness of our Holy Creator God. But we are also convinced that the Bible teaches that we are saved, not by our works, but by the unmerited and undeserved free gift of Grace that God offers us through Jesus Christ. And we are grateful that we are saved by Grace alone.
 We Are Convinced There Are Essential Christian Truths
 We are ‘creedal’ by nature, but that shouldn’t surprise us; EVERYONE is creedal by nature. As Christians, we are convinced that there are a number of essential and non-negotiable truths about Christianity that define the worldview. These truths about the nature of man, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit need to be examined and understood. The resulting ‘creed’ doesn’t become sacred to us; it simply reflects the sacred nature of the truth of the scriptures.
 We Are Convinced That Christians Are Transformed
 We know that God’s free gift of Salvation is the source of our joy and our confidence. It is natural for us to want to respond to this gift in a way that is tangible and real. We know that our personal transformation does nothing to save us. We know we cannot ‘earn’ God’s favor. But we are convinced that our daily response to what God has first done for us will be a blessing to the world around us.
 We Are Convinced That We Must Address Difficult Issues
 There is a burden that we carry as Christians convinced of God’s truth. We recognize that Biblical truth will often conflict with the ideologies of the world in which we live. It is our responsibility to share that truth with others in a way that is winsome and relevant, while still faithful to God’s revelation. This means we will sometimes find ourselves having to take on the hard issues and hot topics of the day, so we will need to stay informed and engaged in the culture that lies beyond our own Christian community.