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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Here, for Holy Week, is Highland's Foundations of Faith statement: We believe in one all-powerful God of love, who made the world good and made humankind in His image, to enjoy fellowship with Him and with one another, and to care for His creation as imitators of Him. He deserves all our worship and praise. But we sin against God; disbelieving Him, disobeying Him, hiding from Him, we strive to become our own gods; ruining our relationships with Him, with our neighbors, and with nature, we are lost in death and deserve God’s condemnation. Yet in His justice and mercy God has acted to redeem His creation, choosing a covenant people to bless all peoples of the earth. In His grace and faithfulness, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. We believe in God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God, the Word through whom all things were made. Jesus came to the earth to teach the Truth and to proclaim the reign of God, preaching good news to the poor, release to the captives, healing for the sick, and forgiveness of sins. He called all people to repent and believe the Gospel, the Good News that salvation is found in Him alone. He was crucified for us, and on the third day God raised Him from the dead, defeating the powers of evil and death and securing for humankind forgiveness of sins by grace alone through faith alone in Him alone. He instructed us to observe the Lord’s Supper in His memory so that by participating in His body and blood we regularly commune with Him and with one another. He ascended to the Father, where He is now our priest and advocate in whose name we pray. He is Head of the Church under which our congregation governs itself. He will return to judge the living and the dead and to deliver us from death to life eternal with God in heaven. He invited us to join Him as his obedient disciples in the work of His ministry, the proclamation of the Gospel, and the forming of disciples. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the gift of God promised through Christ for His children and for the Church. The Spirit convicts the world of sin, and is the pledge of our adoption as God’s children. The Spirit intercedes for us in prayer; and claims us in the waters of baptism, in which believers are immersed for the forgiveness of sins to be united with Christ in His Body. The Spirit of holiness and freedom liberates us from sin, and claims us as servants of purity, conforming us to the image of Jesus Christ in our attitudes and conduct. The Spirit binds us together with believers of all times and places in the one Body of Christ, the Church; and calls and empowers men and women for various ministries for building up the Body and carrying out Jesus’ ministry in the world. The Spirit inspired the prophets and apostles to speak God’s Word, guiding the preservation, study, and proclamation of Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, the unique revelation of God under which we stand, our authoritative guide for faith and life. To God be the glory in the Church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

7 Comments:

  • Mike, I can't imagine a more powerful "Foundations of Faith" statement! Thanks so much for sharing that with all of us. What a blessing it must be to serve with Shepherds and a community of believers that have this common foundational bond.

    God bless all of you brothers and sisters at Highland!

    By Blogger David U, at 3/24/2005 08:52:00 AM  

  • mike-- i just wanted to thank you for your blog. i found it shortly after your son chris's accident, and want you to know that i have been holding him, you, your family, etc. in prayer. thanks for sharing your integrity, honesty, and humour in your posts. it's a pleasure to peek into your corner of the universe. happy easter.

    peace--rachel

    www.longvalleylane.blogspot.com

    By Blogger rachel, at 3/24/2005 09:51:00 AM  

  • I was going to add "You should really have that on the site at www.highlandchurch.org" - but I see that you do!

    The site looks great! (*Sniff* You obviously don't need me anymore ....)

    And I'm delighted to see that there are and will be streaming sermon files.

    Thanks for blessing our lives in so many ways.

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 3/24/2005 10:29:00 AM  

  • I love my church here in Colorado, but I don't think I'll ever be as connected to a church as I am to Highland. Highland (and by this I mean its members and leadership) gave me a new understanding of love and fellowship, along with a glimpse of what heaven will be like. I miss it so much sometimes my heart hurts. How's that for a statement of how a church can affect college students ...

    By Blogger Melanie Knox, at 3/24/2005 11:09:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    It's too bad that people who believe in 99% of this statement allow the deceiver to fool them into thinking that the phrase:

    "The Spirit ... calls and empowers men and WOMEN for various ministries
    for building up the Body"

    is reason for them to leave the body.

    Not trying to stir the pot...just making an observation.

    Another quick observation: This has to be one of the most environmentally friendly statements any church is making right now. Just a guess. "Ruining our relationship with - Nature" Wow! You don't hear that everyday.

    Thanks for bringing to the forefront, Mike.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 3/24/2005 11:17:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    I'd love to talk to you about who and how this statement was formed. What's the best way to get in touch with you?

    By Blogger john alan turner, at 3/24/2005 12:33:00 PM  

  • I've been studying creed's in my History of Christian Thought class, (by the way I don't know if Abeline has that class, I think it's the first semester of it at Harding, but it has been literally a life changing class for me that should be required for at least all bible majors) It is sad that they are no longer a major part of us. I know the reasons, and they are great, but a creed, or a "Foundations of Faith" statement is so powerful. It is such a true reminder of who we are, and what is truly important. I would love to be a part of a body that could start a service by repeating something like that, and meaning it. How awesome would that be. This is what we believe, and even more this is who we are!

    By Blogger Brandon Moore, at 3/24/2005 09:29:00 PM  

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