If you’re just checking this out to make sure we’re not kooks, then you might be happy just reading the basics of what we believe below. However, if you’re considering being a part of Renew, you may want to read further on down to see a more in-depth picture of what we believe, which does a better job of explaining why we live out our lives the way we do.
 
The Basics:
We believe that there is one God who created everything. He exists eternally as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-5, 1 John 5:7-8, 2 Cor 13:14)
We believe that the Bible is inspired by God and points us to Jesus Christ.    (2 Tim 3:16-17)
We believe that people can only have eternal life in God’s Kingdom through Jesus Christ–we can’t earn it, buy it, or be good enough for it.  (Romans 10:9-10, John 1:12)
We believe that God’s people should be a blessing to others. (Gen. 12:1-3, Eph 4, James 1:27)
We believe the greatest command is to love God and love others.   (Matthew 22:36-40)
We believe we are created to glorify God and share the good news of Christ. (Rom. 15:5-7, Eph. 2:10)
 
What We Believe (The Extended Mix)
We believe that all people are part of a bigger story, a grand narrative if you will. This story has been imprinted on our hearts. Have you ever wondered why we all recognize that the world is messed up, and we long for something better? Have you ever noticed that the books we read and the movies we watch tend to have the same grand narrative? Stories tend to be about something good being destroyed or threatened, then a hero coming to the rescue, usually at great sacrifice, and restoring things. These stories are just a way of expressing the story that’s written in our hearts. We long for the happily ever after. Christianity is the only worldview that explains why the world is the way it is, why our hearts are the way they are. That being said, we at Renew Church hold to a set of beliefs that come out of this story that’s imprinted on our hearts.
 
The Bible
The Bible is the basis of our belief. It is composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which were inspired by God. The Bible does not merely contain some words about God; it was given to us by God to reveal who He is. We believe the original manuscripts of the Bible are without error.  The Bible is not merely rules and regulations. It’s not merely some facts about what we believe.  It’s a story of God and his people.  It reveals to us the character of God and instructs us on how He created us to live out our lives.
 
God
We believe that there is one God who eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God created and sustains all things, and is working throughout history for his purposes.
 
People
We believe that people were created in God’s image to rule over the earth, representing Him. People originally had perfect relationship with God and lived in God’s perfect creation until they chose to rebel against Him. This separated them from God and skewed all of creation. Without God’s intervention, this leaves people hopeless.
 
Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. Christ, the second person of the Trinity, came to earth to be born as a baby, lived a perfect life, and then willingly died on the cross, demonstrating his perfect love and forgiveness. He declared victory over death by rising from the dead three days later. He now sits at the right hand of the Father and will return again to judge the living and the dead and rule as righteous King.
 
Salvation
We believe that the only way for people to be right with God is through faith in Jesus Christ. There is nothing that we can do or say that makes us right with God. Christ is the only one able to do that, and He did that for us at the cross. Placing faith in Christ involves belief (believing that Jesus is the son of God who died for you), repentance (admitting that you’ve been doing your own thing and turning and living life God’s way), confession (confessing that Christ is now in charge), and then baptism (immersion under water to illustrate that you have died to your old life and are being raised to a new life—identifying yourself with Christ’s death and resurrection).
 
Holy Spirit
We believe that those who place their faith in Christ receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our counselor, our advocate, and our helper.  He indwells all Christians, providing understanding of Biblical truth, a peace that doesn’t make sense from a human perspective, guidance for living, and prayers before the Father.
 
The Church
The church is a people, not a place. The church is made up of those in the past, present, and future who have placed their hope in Christ. The church’s responsibility is to live out our identity as those who were created in the image of God. We are ambassadors for Christ, set apart by God to do good works–representing Christ well by demonstrating his love, mercy, goodness, kindness, patience, grace, and character in our homes, communities, and throughout the earth. We are broken people, and we will never do this perfectly, so thankfully we have something even better to look forward to.
 
Restoration
We believe that the end of the story is much better than many people realize. The Bible teaches that those who have accepted God’s free gift of salvation through Christ will enjoy a restoration of all things. That means that they will not only inherit eternal life with Christ in resurrected bodies, but also enjoy a New Earth that reflects what God originally intended—a world in which people don’t experience sadness, pain, suffering; a world where relationships are harmonious. The story begins and ends with God the King reigning over the entire earth with his goodness and people enjoying a perfect relationship with Him–a return to Eden, if you will.