Everyone approaches their faith with a set of ideas about God, the Bible, Jesus, and how to live as a Christian. Here are ours:
Who is God?
God created all things and exists beyond time. We believe in a triune God, meaning that we understand God, in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all being of the same substance. God is neither male nor female; however, sometimes we describe God in male or female terms, due to the limited nature of our language.
How do we read the Bible?
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, which means that we must seek to understand the text in its appropriate context and then faithfully attempt to interpret what it is trying to say to our context. We believe the Bible contains everything needed to understand God and Jesus; however, as we seek to apply its wisdom to our lives, we interpret it through the lens of reason, tradition, and our experience. Erin usually reads the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or Common English Bible (CEB) translations for Bible study.
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the son of God. He is a part of God's self. He assisted in creation at the very beginning, and his birth here on earth brought a new creation, that will be fully brought into reality when Christ comes again.
what is the point of life?
Well, that is a big question! Jesus is king of the Kingdom of God, that has come to earth, but is still coming into full reality. Therefore we understand that we are citizens of this kingdom, and Jesus is our Lord. Our life is a journey gradually imitating Christ more clearly and in doing so, drawing closer to God each day.
what is the faith tradition of Hometable?
The Wesleyan tradition is the basis for Hometable's beliefs. Hallmarks of this tradition are a focus on grace, an affirmation of free will, and a desire to live a holy life.
what do we believe about women in ministry?
Ummm, If God calls you to ministry, God calls you to ministry, and it doesn't matter what the world might say about your body parts.
Just to be clear, we believe women can and should hold senior levels of leadership in any organization.
What do we believe about LGBTQIA+ people in ministry?
Ditto what was said above. If God calls you to ministry, God calls you to ministry, and it doesn't matter what the world might say about your body parts or who you love.
Just to be clear, we believe people who identify as lgbtqia+ can and should hold senior levels of leadership in any organization.
And we affirm same-sex marriage.