What is Pneuma?
Pneuma (πνεῦμα) is a Greek word meaning "breath", "wind", or "spirit". In Christian theology, it refers to the Holy Spirit of God. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, said, “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). In a world that primarily leads by power, profit, and prestige, tempting us to follow its ways, we seek to be led by the Holy Spirit in a lifestyle of following Jesus Christ and pursuing the glory of God.
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."
1. We affirm both the Old and New Testaments as exclusively constituting the Word of God, inspired and inerrant in their original texts.
2. We affirm the reality of one God existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
3. We affirm the universal brokenness of humankind resultant from the Fall in the Garden of Eden, wherein humankind's rebellion against God brought about its enslavement to Sin, Satan, and Death.
4. We affirm that Jesus Christ became human without ceasing to be God through the mystery of Incarnation in order that He might both reveal God to broken humankind and redeem sinful humans.
5. We affirm that sinful humans may receive from God mercy unto forgiveness for their sins by entrusting themselves in faith to the substitutionary atonement achieved through Jesus Christ's innocent death on the Cross.
6. We affirm that believers receive from God grace unto sanctification from their sins through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit who indwells all who put their faith in Jesus Christ and who works chiefly through the authoritative truth of the Word of God.
7. We affirm that believers are called to form communities of discipleship -- churches -- confirmed and commemorated through the sacraments of Baptism and Communion, wherein forgiveness and repentance unto righteousness may be practiced.
8. We affirm the Word of God, prayer and worship, and corporate engagement in the local church as essential for the development of healthy spirituality wherein an intimate relationship with God may be experienced.
9. We affirm that believers are called to form communities of witness whose calling is to proclaim to the world by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit the heart of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the restoration of humankind.
10. We affirm that Jesus Christ, having risen from the dead in vindicating resurrection and ascended to the Right Hand of God, will one day return to judge the living and the dead and to gather His people into the consummated Kingdom of God in the New Creation, where they will live with God in eternal peace, joy, and love.