WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in the God that created the universe and everything in it. We believe God was later revealed to humanity in the person of Jesus who provides the basis for Godly living in a way that transcends generations, cultures, races and genders. We believe that the launching pad and landing point for our expression of the Christian faith is summed up in the Greatest Commandment found in Matthew 22:34-40; that we love God with all of our heart, soul and mind, and that we love our neighbor as ourselves. Therefore our love for God is expressed in how we love our neighbor which ultimately is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. We believe Love For God, Love For Neighbor and Love For Self are all bound together.
Everything we do and everything we believe at The Faith Community is rooted in and flows from our Greatest Commandment Theology. It is our ethic, our practice, our systematic theology, the paradigm through which we view Scripture -- it is the foundation of our ministry. It's simple to understand but infinitely complex to live out: Based off the words of Jesus in Matthew 22:34-40, we strive to Love Ourselves, to Love Our Neighbors, and to Love God.
We believe that Loving Ourselves is the crux of the whole Gospel. How we love our neighbors is a direct reflection of how we love ourselves; and how we love our neighbors is the measure of how we love God. Anything that harms ourselves is likely to harm our neighbor, and when any bearer of the Divine Image (imago Dei) is harmed, an expression of God is harmed.
We can disagree on politics and doctrines and approaches to Scripture; we can, and we often do. In fact, we encourage it. But we draw our boundaries and cultivate our community with this Theology.
About the Bible
We believe the Bible to be inspired by God and written by men. With that in mind, we believe that all of scripture should be taken seriously, but not taken literally as written to us. We believe all of scripture is either prescriptive or descriptive. Prescriptive means that it prescribes a way for the reader to relate to God, nature and humanity. Descriptive means that it describes the way in which the writer and the writer’s culture related to God, nature and humanity. We believe that it is our job to discern the difference in community by taking seriously our reasoning, experiences and traditions.
Our core values are based in what we call Jesus’ Mission Statement found in Luke 4:18-19 where he says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” We seek to express the love of God in how we positively impact the lives of the poor, the prisoner, the sick and the oppressed, particularly in the Tucker, GA Community.