What We Believe
The people who make up an·them Church come from various theological understandings and diverse backgrounds. We come together because of Jesus -- who he is, what he's done, and what he's continuing to do.
There are a few things that we agree on as a community, and they're found here. If you have questions, let us know.
The Bible is the inspired, infallible word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
Fall of Humanity
All people have sinned and need to be saved through Jesus. People are made children of God when they repent of their sin, place their trust in Jesus, and follow him. (Genesis 1:26, 3:1, 24; Romans 3:23-25, 5:12-18; 1 John 1:8)
Jesus is fully God and fully man. He came to Earth, was conceived in the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. He died and rose again to reconcile all people to God and to free them from the power of sin and Satan. He will return someday and finish the building of his Kingdom. All who are his bride shall reign with him. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13)
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the story and reality of Jesus coming to make all things in life the way it was supposed to be. The Gospel changes everything!
Everyone has an idea of how messed up the world is -- from war, famine, racism, and oppression to our own messed up hearts. How often do we do the things we don't want to do because we either choose to do them or feel that we have to?
Jesus came to fix that. All of it. To set the world to rights. To bring justice and heal everything here and now. That's the reality of Jesus, that's the glory. That here and now we can begin the healing, and we can join in with Jesus on bringing justice here.
The Gospel changes everything. Jesus changes everything!
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit continually draws believers closer to God, he transforms them into the image of Jesus Christ, empowers them for ministry, and distributes spiritual gifts to the Church. Followers are to always seek to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. (John 16:5-15; Romans 8:16, 23, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
God exists eternally as the perfect love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, 26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-2, 4:24; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 1:20; Ephesians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Baptism & Communion
Baptism and Communion are two holy sacraments that Jesus has given the Church. (Baptism: Acts 2:38-41; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 8:26-40, 10:47, 18:8; Romans 6:3-4; Communion: Matthew 26:26-28; Acts 2:42-46; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29)
More about Baptism
Water baptism is an outward act new believers in Jesus use to profess their faith. Emerging from the water symbolizes the washing away of the old self and stepping into new life. Jesus himself was baptized. At an•them, we periodically celebrate new life in Christ by baptizing new believers.
More about Communion
At an·them, we offer Communion at each Sunday gathering. We do this because on the night before his death, Jesus passed bread and wine to his closest friends and told them to eat and drink. He said: "Do this to remember me." When we take Communion together as a tribe, we remember the love and sacrifice in Jesus' death as well as the power and freedom in his resurrection. We remember that Jesus is making all things new.
We serve grape juice and gluten-free rice crackers in place of wine and bread because we believe Communion with Christ should be accessible to all believers.
One Universal Church
Though it has so many diverse and beautiful expressions, there is one Universal Church. It is comprised of all who have a relationship and follow Jesus Christ. The primary purpose of the Church is to use every possible means to advance the Kingdom of God against the kingdom of darkness. (Romans 12:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:12-16; Hebrews 10:24-25)