Who is Jesus of Nazareth?
Jesus never wrote a book, never went to college, never travelled far from his home town, never held a political office, and never made much money. Yet this middle-eastern Jewish carpenter has altered the course of human history, with literally billions of people devoting their lives to him spanning different countries, centuries, and cultures. What is it about this man that is so compelling and captivating?
The answer lies in Jesus’ identity and mission. That's why you'll see and read "Because of Jesus" front and center.
Jesus drives introspection and outward action. So, we do our best to orient ourselves around Him. Jesus is the central personality in the divine/human story. Jesus is the source material for how we live, think, believe, and function as a church--as humans.
If Jesus changes everything, you can expect that we will respond to Jesus as....the central hope for our brokenness...the one who propels us to justice, equity, beauty, ecological responsibility, civic participation, and servant leadership in our neighborhoods...the King of an upside-down kingdom that offers love, grace, hope, renewal, redemption, and life to humanity...the one who is making all things new.
His perfect life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection were a work of renewal that means the captives will be set free, the wounded will be healed, and our guilt and shame will be removed. By surrendering our lives and clinging to God’s grace through faith, we are made new. This message—referred to as “the gospel”—is the heart of Christianity.
The gospel is not good advice about what we should do for God, it’s good news about what God has done for us in Jesus.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.