Cards on the table.  I’ve been saying that for a while now, but here it is flat out.  Here’s what I believe and what I feel is important aside from what I’ve written as my core values in my ideology.

I agree and adhere to the Vineyard Statement of Faith (you know since the Tapestry where I attend is a vineyard church) although I might disagree with where the importance lies.  But that’s divisive.  It’s what I believe and I’ll stick to it, and I’m really sorry if you aren’t happy with what you see there, but that’s who I am.  But like I said it can be divisive and I want to emphasize two things specifically that are listed on the statement of faith, but that are perhaps not where I would list them. 

This is the basis for which conversation and discipleship can occur, this is what I stand on when I say anything in the name of Jesus Christ… ok so it’s more like two and a half things but I really don’t want to get into the ½ part because it’s too much of a mess for a blog post.

1) Jesus Christ died for my sins and having risen from the dead has redeemed me in glory, power, and Grace.  God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, they/(S)He love me, personally, and you, personally.  So much so that his/her/their own death was preferable to seeing us suffer.

2) If you call Jesus your Lord and Savior you are family.  If you don’t call Him Lord and Savior you’re still His child and therefore, still my family.  The Church Universal, the Body of Christ, no matter our differences is ONE body.  I don’t care if you are Catholic, Pentacostal, or Mormon, if you call on the name of Jesus we can sit down and take communion together.  If you don’t call on the name of Jesus, then I want to sit down and take communion with you so you can know Him.

If you disagree with me on anything else in the rather long Vineyard statement of faith, I don’t care.  I really don’t.  Even if you disagree with me on these two points I don’t care, because at the end of the day, my interest is not about who’s right.  It’s about loving God, building one another up, sharing our burdens, and reminding one another that God’s love for us….

Well it’s all that really counts.