Beliefs

Paul warned the early church that we should be careful not to say we follow Paul or Apollos (1 Cor. 3), we are supposed to be followers of Christ.   Any human that thinks he or she has God completely figured out has made an idol of human reason.

Refuge is a place where we can ask the difficult questions about biblical interpretation, science, sexism, racism, social justice as we apply scripture to modern times, without predetermined conclusions or simplistic answers.  As we discuss, challenge, and debate each other, we can disagree and still be a community.  (Romans 14)

Below are our essentials.  If we were dating, we’d call these our non-negotiables.  If you’re interested in our non-essentials (those in which we may disagree but still be one church) click here.

GOD

The Triune God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; three persons within the unity of God’s being, who are equally divine, who know and love one another, and who from all eternity have together worked for our salvation.  The beginning and end of all things.  The creator of matter.  The author of life.  God has one nature, name, and being.

SIN

We are all sinners, as God finds us, guilty, helpless, powerless, unable to lift a finger to do God’s will, or better our spiritual position by our effort.  Sin separates us from God, and leads to death.  All human problems are symptoms, and our separation from God is the cause.  Sin ruptures our relationship with God and each other and then leads to devastating consequences in the world around us.

THE GOSPEL

God does everything, first to last, that is involved in bringing man from death to life: He plans, achieves and communicates redemption, calls and keeps, justifies, sanctifies, glorifies.  We call this the Gospel, or Good News.  The message of the Gospel is how we have been rescued from sin and death and saved to a relationship with God.  It’s not about something we do, it’s about something that has been done for us.

THE BIBLE

The words of God given to the prophets and the apostles, written down in the Bible, comprise the main way we encounter God.  To encounter the words of the Scripture is to encounter God in action.

THE CHURCH

Following Jesus is a group activity.  The Church is made up of every person who puts their hope and faith in Jesus Christ.  It is a place where the first are last and the last are first; and where those who hunger and thirst are fed.  The Church knows no geographic boundaries, no political parties, no single language or culture.

ETERNITY

We believe that those who put their hope and faith in Jesus Christ will spend eternity with Him.