A person or church’s theology (belief about God – who God is and what God is like) radically informs that person or church’s values, understanding of “the good life”, dreams, commitments, and passions. Rhythm’s theology is informed by the Bible (comprised of Protestant Old and New Testaments), but principally by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Our primary understanding of what God is like comes from Jesus (John 14:6; Colossians 1:15-19) and our primary understanding of what God is doing in the world comes from Jesus (Luke 4:16-20; Matthew 28:16-20; Colossians 1:20-23).
In Jesus we discover that at the core, God is overflowing with love and willing to go to great lengths to express, communicate, and display his love. Theologian David Bosch said, “God is a fountain of sending love. This is the deepest source of mission.” In other words, God has a mission to rescue and restore the whole world, and invites us (the Church) to join him in that mission.
So we read and interpret the Bible through this kind of missional lens. We believe the Bible was written by people guided by God’s Spirit and affirm what it says it is: authoritative, inspired, illumined by the Spirit and useful for teaching, correcting, and wisdom (Psalm 119; John 16:12-14; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21). We believe that the Spirit continues to speak to us today through the Bible. God calls us to immerse ourselves in this authoritative narrative communally and individually so we can faithfully interpret and live out that story today as we are led by the Spirit of God (see The Story of Scripture).
The Apostles’ Creed is the foundational creed (a statement of belief) of Christian churches. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; most of the creed dates from the early 2nd century. The creed was originally used as a summary of Christian doctrine for baptismal candidates in the churches of Rome. Though many traditions and flavors of Christianity throughout the ages have different interpretations of the Bible, and embrace various doctrinal nuances, the core essence of what the Scriptures teach is found in the words of the Apostles’ Creed. Therefore, we have fellowship with other members of the Body of Christ who profess their faith as follows:
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic (universal) church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
We also acknowledge the historical significance and prophetic call of the Lausanne Covenant (1974), agreeing with it completely, and the reaffirmations of the Manila Manifesto (1989) and Cape Town Commitment (2010). These confessional documents help to express our theological and missional convictions. We stand to be both challenged and guided by these core expressions of theological commitment as we grow and mature into the church that God has destined us to be. Visit lausanne.org to read these confessional documents in their entirety.
Rhythm is a non-denominational, Protestant church so we are not directly associated with a specific theological denomination or tradition. One of the implications of this is that we are a church that connects to people from a variety of theological streams. We have people who have been deeply influenced by Presbyterian theology and others by Methodist theology. We have people who grew up in the Catholic church and others who come from a Charismatic expression of the church. Our conviction is that a missional theology centered around the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus will keep us moving in the right direction – towards greater love of Jesus, humbly learning from other’s stories and theological influences, and empowered for sacrificial mission.