WHAT WE BELIEVE
Statement of Orthodoxy
The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.† (John 17:17, Romans 15:4, II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:19-21)
The Trinity: We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.† (Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-4, I John 5:7)
God the Father: We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love.† We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.† (John 3:16-17, John 4:24, John 17:5)
Jesus Christ: We believe in Jesus Christ, Godís only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit.† We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.† (Isaiah 7:14, John 1:14, Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 1:2-3, I John 1:7)
The Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ.† We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.† (John 14:26, John 16:7-15, Romans 8:14-17, Ephesians 1:13-14)
Regeneration: We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation.† We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.† (John 1:12-13, John 3:3, 16-17, Acts 20:21, Ephesians 2:1-9, Titus 3:5)
The Church: We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members.† We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship.† We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.† (Matthew 16:16-18, Acts 2:38-41, Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 5:25-27)
Christian Conduct: We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.† (II Corinthians 9:6-8, Ephesians 4:11-16, Philippians 2:14-16, Colossians 3:17-23, I Thessalonians 5:17-18)
The Ordinances: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.† We believe that Christian baptism is immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God.† We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death.† We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.† (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:41-42, Romans 6:3-5, I Corinthians 11:23-32)
Religious Liberty: We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
Church Cooperation: We believe that the local church can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization.† Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches.† Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.† Churches may likewise cooperate with inter-denominational fellowships on a voluntary basis.
The Last Things: We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom.† We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.† (John 5:28-29, Revelation 20:1-15, II Corinthians 5:10, Matthew 25:31-46)
Statement of Orthopraxy
At Terra Nova we feel having good doctrine is important, but orthodoxy (right beliefs) without orthopraxy (right practices) is nothing but intellectual snobbery.† Therefore, we are committed to living out our beliefs in the following ways:
Bible: We will study Scripture together and individually and then embrace the radical Gospel of Christ
God: We will join
God in creation and caring for all of His creation ñ humanity, animals, plants,
& even rocks.† We will embrace love and seek to embody it by caring for
Jesus: As Jesus came to bring the Good News of peace and justice, righteousness and life, we will seek to live incarnationally, embodying the attitudes and teachings of Jesus in the way we live in our family, neighborhood, job and community.† We will seek to find Jesus in the least of these and be Jesus to all of these.
Holy Spirit: We
will submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading to love and serve.† We will not quench
the Holy Spirit’s movements in us.
The Church: We will seek to build the Church by joining with others who are doing the work of God’s Kingdom ñ no matter what their creed may be.† The Church (not a church) is God’s presence on earth and we will take this seriously and create a safe place for people to meet God.
Spiritual Gifts: We will use our gift, talents and resources to serve the world around us.
God has invited humanity to join Him in Creation since the beginning of time.†
God is not about destruction, but creation and redemption.† Therefore our
actions will not cause destruction but redemption.† Just as God’s ultimate
purpose is LIFE not death, ours will be also and our actions will embody this.
From feeding the hungry to challenging the system where people can go hungry
From taking in the homeless to building houses for those without one
From caring for each other to caring for those in need who will never repay our kindness
From worshiping God in our gatherings to seeing God in those around us and celebrating His work in them
From supporting this ministry endeavor financially to living lives of generosity
From taking a stand against injustice to sitting in the ditch with the destitute.
We will embrace God’s dream for
We will embody God’s fundamental attribute: LOVE
And we will live lives that make a difference here and now as well as in the life to come.
This is Terra Nova.† This is our small
attempt to join God’s REVOLUTION OF LOVE.† This is our vision to be a community
of people who love God and love others.† We are not an institution or
organization, we are an organism ñ a body made up of individual, living cells.
Redeemed, restored, & reconciled, righteous before our God, we are part of THE CHURCH and we will live our ordinary lives seeking God and sharing the reality of the Good News of Jesus, God’s Kingdom right here, right now.†