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Core Ideas & Beliefs

Through per­son­al rela­tion­ships, con­fer­ences and retreats, writ­ten and web-based resources, church con­sul­ta­tions, and oth­er means, Ren­o­varé mod­els the fol­low­ing core ideas:

Life with God

The aim of God in his­to­ry is the cre­ation of an all-inclu­sive com­mu­ni­ty of lov­ing per­sons with God him­self at the cen­ter of this com­mu­ni­ty as its prime Sus­tain­er and most glo­ri­ous Inhabitant.

The Avail­abil­i­ty of God’s Kingdom

We can expe­ri­ence gen­uine, sub­stan­tive life in God’s king­dom through Jesus Christ, begin­ning now and con­tin­u­ing through all eternity.

The Neces­si­ty of Grace

We are utter­ly depen­dent upon Jesus Christ, our ever-liv­ing Sav­ior, Teacher, Lord, and Friend for gen­uine spir­i­tu­al transformation.

The Means of Grace

Amongst the vari­ety of ways God has giv­en for us to be open to his trans­form­ing grace, we rec­og­nize the cru­cial impor­tance of inten­tion­al spir­i­tu­al prac­tices and dis­ci­plines (such as prayer, ser­vice, or fasting).

A Bal­anced Vision of Life in Christ

We seek to embrace the abun­dant life of Jesus in all its full­ness: con­tem­pla­tive, holi­ness, charis­mat­ic, social jus­tice, evan­gel­i­cal, and incarnational.

A Prac­ti­cal Strat­e­gy for Spir­i­tu­al Formation

We encour­age the cre­ation of Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion Groups and oth­er forms of spir­i­tu­al friend­ship as sol­id foun­da­tions for mutu­al sup­port and nurture.

The Cen­tral­i­ty of Scripture

We immerse our­selves in the Bible: it is the great rev­e­la­tion of God’s pur­pos­es in his­to­ry, a sure guide for growth into Christ­like­ness, and a rich resource for our spir­i­tu­al formation.

The Val­ue of the Chris­t­ian Tradition

We are engaged in the his­tor­i­cal Great Con­ver­sa­tion” on Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion devel­oped from Scrip­ture by the Church’s clas­si­cal spir­i­tu­al writings.

What We Believe

Ren­o­varé stands with­in his­toric Chris­t­ian ortho­doxy, and affirms The Apos­tles’ and Nicene Creeds.

The Apos­tles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Mak­er of heav­en and earth; And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; Who was con­ceived by the Holy Spir­it, Born of the Vir­gin Mary, Suf­fered under Pon­tius Pilate, Was cru­ci­fied, died, and buried; He descend­ed into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascend­ed into heav­en, And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From there He shall come to judge the liv­ing and the dead. I believe in The Holy Spir­it; The holy catholic Church; The com­mu­nion of saints; The for­give­ness of sins; The res­ur­rec­tion of the body; And the life ever­last­ing. Amen.

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