There are so many definitions
floating through the world of the internet about what the
"emerging church" is; what its structure looks like, and, most
troubling to us, the way much of the "emerging church" movement
has become divergent from previously settled, clear and
agreed-upon theology and doctrine.
We want to
be clear: g2k holds to the great truths and doctrines that have
accompanied the church of Jesus Christ from the first century
until now. We are, one might
deduce, very traditional in the sense of Christian values, Bible
doctrine and the day to day living out of those doctrines. Our
argument is not with theology, but with structure. Our enemy
isn't the "church," our nemesis is "religion."
believe is pretty simple: We believe what we read in the Bible, God's Word. We take His
Word literally and personally. We don't get into arguments or
debates and we don't quibble about some of the stuff we've
watched others become engrossed in: Things like "Is the rapture
of the church coming before Anti-Christ is revealed or will He
come after the Tribulation?" Our concern is more that the church
becomes the church regardless of one's eschatology.
many cults, cultists, heresies and heretics, strange doctrines
and strange people all claiming to be "Christians," "believers,"
"brothers" and "sisters" and you might wonder if somehow we're
in that group of deceived folks. We hope we're not. In fact, we
hold to the major doctrines found in the Apostles' Creed (see
below) from which most major protestant (what is it we're
protesting?) denominations (another strange word) developed
their statements of doctrine.
not that doctrine isn't important; it is very important. It's
just that God hasn't called us to be apologists; Our mission and
focal point isn't primarily the defense of classical evangelical
doctrine. God has called us - the people of nRn (next
Reformation network) and g2k, to hear
His Voice and to walk with those who also are hearing that same
Voice into a new and living "emerging church" that will be
alive, powerful, holy and ready for Anti-Christ or Jesus Christ,
whatever may come. This isn't a doctrinal position, it's a missional position.
comfortable with Pentecostal people as we are with old time
Southern Baptists. We're as at home with Methodists as we are
with Presbyterians or Lutherans or Baptists or Roman Catholics -
because they are people! And God loves people; "red and
yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus
loves the little children of the world."
Specifically, we believe the following:
is one true and eternal God, existing in three Persons,
Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal and
2. The scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are wholly and
verbally inspired of God
and are the revelation of God to man.
We believe that Jesus pre-existed as one with the Father and the
became incarnate through the virgin birth, was sinless in life,
and died as a substitute and atonement for all who will believe.
We believe in His resurrection and ascension to the Father where
He intercedes for us as believers. We also believe in His
personal and imminent return to receive the church unto Himself.
We believe in the gift of the Holy Spirit,
His power and work in the life of the believer - revealing Jesus
Christ and enabling us to live and to move and to have our being
We believe that man is a sinner
and salvation is received through repentance and accepting the
salvation offered by the Lord
through Jesus Christ; that we are justified by faith alone in
the atoning blood of the Jesus Christ.
6. Sanctification is implemented in
our lives as we begin a daily walk in "newness of life." We
believe that sanctification is instantaneous at salvation and
also progressive, and continues as we walk "in holiness,"
empowered and enabled to do so by the Holy Spirit who lives
We believe in
"the assembling together" of believers in Jesus Christ, joined
together in vital relationship to worship God, pray, fellowship,
to proclaim the gospel, grow through the Word of God, and for
the fellowship of the ordinances of Communion and Water Baptism. The
"church" of God includes all those who have received Jesus
Christ as their personal and only Savior. There is also the
church "universal" - the church with no boundaries - unseen
throughout the world, but recorded in God's Book of Life in
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
* The holy
catholic (universal, as opposed to Roman Catholic)