These We Believe, These We Work For.
WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS LORD OF ALL LIFE
The gospel is for the whole person. Witness to it has both verbal and visible dimensions as expressed in prophetic proclamation of the Word as well as in the Spirit’s work of transformation in the life of individuals and of nations. We believe that Christ is King, not just over the church, but over nations and peoples. His kingdom makes no distinction between the secular and the sacred; he rules over all life.
For this reason we commit ourselves as people of the Kingdom to advancing the rule of God in our national life. We seek to bring governance of our society closer to the original purposes of God. We work towards making every thought captive to obey Christ, articulating biblical perspectives on social issues and subjecting scholarship, ideologies, media, the arts and all other expressions of our intellectual and imaginative life to the scrutiny of the Word.
Through these we hope to see a nation walking after God’s ways, its culture and life systems increasingly transformed by the values of the kingdom and the Creator’s revealed will for human social life.
WE BELIEVE THAT WITNESS MUST BE SENSITIVE TO CULTURAL CONTEXT
God in Jesus rooted himself in a particular culture and people. Following the pattern of the incarnation, we seek to speak sensitively, according to a people’s ways of thinking and feeling, and in a way that truly brings good news to the places where people fear and hurt.
With this conviction, we work towards seeing the church increasingly rooted in Filipino and other Asian cultures. We wish to see our theology and witness shaped by both the Word as text and culture as context. We long to see the churches speaking relevantly to the needs of our own people, and in doing so inspire other Asian churches into what it means to root the power and uniqueness of Jesus and the Word in a plurality of great spiritual traditions.
Towards this end, we encourage fresh theological reflection and development of models of witness and a liturgical tradition that affirm and enrich our culture.
We look forward to that day when we shall come into our own as a truly Filipino church, even as we serve the coming of age of Asian churches by our ability to get alongside their own struggle for identity and faithfulness. We work towards that vision of a multitude of peoples and nations singing their own songs to him who sits upon the throne.
WE BELIEVE THAT GOD IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS IS ON THE SIDE OF THE POOR
While all, rich and poor, are sinners and need forgiveness, not all are victims of injustice. Power is usually on the side of the oppressor, weakness is often the lot of the poor. While we are told not to be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit and follow justice and justice alone, the prophets also tell us that God’s love is particularly focused on the poor.
Conscious of this particularity, we seek to empower the poor, increasing their capacity for stewardship or the management and control of their resources and communities under God. We work and pray for a church that is increasingly socially aware, in her lifestyle and witness, conscious of the poor who are ever before us. We commit ourselves to becoming a voice to the voiceless, upholding the cause of the poor wherever their rights are trampled. We work towards directly relieving the conditions of the poor even as together we find ways of redressing imbalances in the social order to wrest access to a just and better life. While the poor shall always be with us, we work and hope for that day when no one shall hunger and thirst any more.
THESE WE BELIEVE, THESE WE WORK FOR.
May the strength and love of God empower us to do the best that we believe, able to keep faith in the face of our struggle against evil powers because of our hope in the Kingdom that has come, is at work in our midst in the present, and will fully come to pass in the future.