Faith

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At Proximity Church, we encourage exploration of our understanding of God and the Bible, and think that asking challenging and difficult questions is healthy. We believe that Scripture is authoritative, and that when really tough issues arise that we dig deeper into God’s Word to find truth to guide us. We embrace open dialogue…even about things we might find uncomfortable. We hold to a framework of what we consider to be our essential beliefs and values, and within that framework we hope to continually be growing and learning in our understanding of God and His Word.  

 

Below we have listed some key terms that express things we consider to be

essential to the way we approach faith.

 
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The Gospel: We believe that God himself has come to rescue and renew all of creation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This is the Good News, known as The Gospel.
 
Jesus-Centered: We believe that Jesus is fully God and fully man, and the key to knowing what God is like, as he was the exact physical representation on earth of the Father in heaven. Trusting in his completed work of defeating sin and death by his life, death on the cross and resurrection from the dead is the only way to reconciliation with God and eternal life in His Kingdom. Jesus is also the lens we read the whole Bible through.  
 
Holy Spirit: We believe God empowers us through His Spirit to live out the Gospel. We believe the Spirit fills us and gives gifts for the building up of the whole Church. We also believe that God works through the Spirit in both natural and miraculous ways.
 
Scripture: We believe that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God. We also believe it was written FOR us, but not TO us, and is meant to be studied and lived out in a community of believers. We believe it is best interpreted in consideration of the various cultural and historical contexts in which it was written. 
 
Kingdom-Minded: We believe that God’s Kingdom is an already begun, but not yet complete reality where God is recognized as rightful King, and we live life now in light of the Gospel.
 
Holistic: We believe that the Gospel affects all areas of our lives – physical, emotional, intellectual, relational, and spiritual.
 
Missional: – We believe that the Church has been sent out into the world to share the Gospel through our attitudes, words, and actions.
 
Discipleship: – We believe that being a Christian means to be a disciple of Jesus. A disciple is one who strives to pattern themselves after another. We believe that as we seek to live like Jesus in every way that God often uses other believers to challenge and strengthen us in that direction. Walking out this process in an ongoing way, in every stage of our faith journey, is what we view as discipleship. 
 
Community: We believe the Christian life was meant to be lived and experienced together in genuine, deep relationships.
 
Mutuality: We believe God has called men and women to operate together in synergy and mutual respect as equals in both the home and church.