Generous Orthodoxy  




Friday, April 15, 2005

Eight evangelical affirmations (proposed):

  • Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God.

  • His Crucifixion and Resurrection were the definitive act of God to overcome Sin, conquer Death, defeat the Evil One on his own turf, and inaugurate the new reality called the Kingdom of God.

  • The Holy Scriptures are the true revelation of God's own self, and the Bible is therefore unique among writings and can be trusted as the living and active Word of God.
  • We are incorporated into the new life of God—for now and for all eternity—through baptism, justified by grace alone, through the gift of faith.

  • The Holy Spirit is actively at work in the world shaping both events and people to bring his ultimate redemptive purpose to pass.

  • God in Christ is gathering disciples, the saints of God, who embody his purposes through the ministry of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

  • It is the very essence of Christian faith to bear witness to this story of God, and therefore to make his gospel known to all nations.

  • We look to the future of God, when Jesus Christ will come again in great glory to rectify all things and bring all things to their appointed consummation.