What We Believe

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Here at Evergreen Church, we recognize that faith is more than the correct answers to a theology test. However, being in a relationship with someone requires learning information about that someone. A faith relationship with God is no different. With this in mind, we offer a summary statement of our faith.
 

SCRIPTURE

 
God can be known because He has revealed himself. Some of God’s character can be seen in the beauty of our surrounding environment and nature, but God’s fullest revealing is found in God’s written Word (i.e. the Bible or Scripture). We believe that the Bible infallibly teaches all that is necessary for faith and godly living, so we place a high value on biblical authority. We also believe the Bible is designed to announce God’s story. We call that story the Gospel. The rest of this statement of faith focuses on this Gospel story.
 
1 Cor 2:13–16; Eph 1:17; 2 Tim 3:16-17
 
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GOSPEL STORY

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One of the central mysteries of Christianity is that the Bible shows us there is only one true God and this singular God exists as three persons — God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In addition to being triune, God is the source of all love, life, truth, righteousness, holiness, beauty, goodness, justice, and mercy. God’s story begins and ends with God.
 
Deut 6:4; Matt 3:16–17; 28:19; John 10:30; 14:16–17; 15:26
God’s Good Creation
 
God created the universe to be good, beautiful, and loving. Humankind was formed to be both male and female as well as material and spiritual. It was uniquely made to reflect God to this good creation. Human life is designed to be in perfect community, loving harmony, and shameless relationship with each other, nature, and with God himself.
 
Gen 1:27-28; John 1:12-13; Rom 9:20-21; Col 1:16; Rev 4:11
Corruption of Creation
 
Sin damaged the design. Human beings rebel against God’s design of creation and, in doing so, we damage the system. Now, we are surrounded by inescapable brokenness and separation. Selfishness, corrupt desire, abuse of power, gender and racial oppression, etc. plague interpersonal relationships. Exploitation, disease, and disaster plague our relationship with nature. Idolatry and separation prevent our relationship with God. Spiritual, physical, and eternal death are inevitable without a divine rescuer.
 
Gen 3; Gen 6:5; Psa 51:1-5; Rom 3:23; Rom 5:12–21; Rom 6:20-21
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Kingdom Inaugurated
 
God saw the hopeless enslavement of his good creation to sin and lovingly intervened. He came to Earth as a human (Jesus Christ) and began his rescue mission called the Kingdom of God. Through his life and death, Christ conquered sin as he accepted our guilt/shame and traded us his righteousness. This substitution is entirely a gift received through faith. We cannot do anything to earn it. The story doesn’t stop there. Jesus rose from the dead. His resurrection demonstrates that Christ’s Kingdom will restore the physical world and God’s people back to their original design. This is the Gospel story’s good news to all people in every nation.
 
Mark 10:45; Luke 2:11; John 14:6; Rom 3:25–26; Gal 3:28; Eph 2:8; 1 Tim 2:5; Col 2:14–15
Kingdom Announced and Demonstrated
 
We currently live after the Kingdom has begun but before it has fully arrived. Sin will still be present in the world (including in believers) until Jesus returns to the earth and completes the establishment of the Kingdom of God. Given our place in the Gospel story, Evergreen Church strives to be a welcoming and encouraging community within the rescue mission Christ started. We believe the sacraments of Baptism (infant and adult) as well as Communion (The Lord’s Supper) are means of God’s grace and retell the Gospel story. We are committed to the mission of announcing and demonstrating the coming Kingdom which undoes the brokenness of the world. Given that gender inequality is part of that brokenness, Evergreen Church wholeheartedly supports the ordination of both women and men.
 
Matt 28:18-20; 2 Cor 5:18–19; Heb 12:28; James 2:5; 2 Pet 1:11
Kingdom Consummated
 
The Kingdom of God was truly initiated with Christ’s first coming, but it will not fully arrive until his second coming. At that time, Christ will judge all humanity, separating Christ’s people into the new heavens and earth. Sin’s final elimination will bring to God’s people eternal life and perfect relationship with God, each other, and the physical creation. This is the hope of Christianity.
 
Matt 24-25; 1 Th 4:15–18; 2 Pet 3:13; Rev 21-22
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RESPONDING TO THE STORY

 
The Gospel narrative is ultimately a story of God’s grace for God’s glory. Humanity’s proper response to this beautiful narrative is a life of continual confession, repentance, and graciousness. Our good works do not earn salvation, but they are the evidence of a life captivated by and committed to the Gospel story of Scripture. They are a foreshadowing of the coming Kingdom and a way to participate in the reconciling mission of Christ.
 
Gal 6:9–10; Phil 1:27; Phil 3:20; 1 Tim 1:15-6; James 2:14–26