13For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me,when none of them as yet existed.
-NRSV Psalm 139:13-16
God creates the world. In doing so, God invites each of us to know God and know ourselves through God. I accept God’s invitation. I respond because I believe that:
- God knows the gamut of human emotion and experience; good, evil, joy, despair, etc. God acts in love with grace and provision. God is the god of promise and follow-through. God is both universal and personal. God works through individuals and communities across time and diverse cultures. God is working in and through us, even people who we don’t understand or who view the world and God differently than we do.
- God revealed God-self on human terms through Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. God incarnates in Jesus and works in this world through the Holy Spirit.
- Grace precedes faith or conscious acceptance of Christ.
- The arc of God’s work in the world bends towards love, reconciliation, and peace. God can accomplish these alone, but calls us to participate.
- Faith is a response to God. Our faith practices reciprocate God’s provision by reflecting it into the world. Faith practices draw us closer to the mystery who is God, even though God is beyond our total comprehension. I believe worship and prayer are two central practices of discipleship.
- Following Jesus means entering into the suffering and pain of the world so that we may uplift the marginalized and oppressed and create a more just, peaceful, and loving world.
- God is relational. God calls us to be together, to worship together, to share life together, to be in relationship with God and others, and to serve and love each other. This begins at the levels of our most basic relationships.
- The Word is the foundation upon which faith and Christian life is built. The Bible speaks across time, to multiple people. Its narratives about human life and God’s work in the world are the building blocks upon which an understanding of self and God is built.