Beliefs

Christianity is not a program, a plan, a philosophical position, or even a set of theological propositions. Christianity revolves around a person. Depending on your experience, this might sound either cryptic, fluffy, familiar or maybe some combination of thereof. The following is neither a comprehensive statement nor a checklist that you have to agree with to join us, but a concise list of some of our core beliefs.

We believe that God is real. That life, therefore, has meaning and purpose.

We believe that the world is not the way it’s supposed to be. That shame, loneliness, addiction, and every kind of pain begin in the heart and creep outward, but that goodness and glory nevertheless surprise and delight us. We prefer the phrase “glorious ruin” to describe ourselves and the world in which we live.

We believe that God spoke and is speaking, that God communicated to his people throughout history, and that that communication is recorded in the literature we call the Bible.

We believe that God was and is encountered in Jesus of Nazareth. He is humanity’s champion. He faced evil in its fullest form for us on the cross. By letting it crush him, he broke its power. Now he brings hope that one day evil will be vanquished completely.

We believe in the reality and the power of grace. Though we are worse than we could possibly fathom, because of Jesus Christ, we are more loved than we could ever wrap our minds around. We call this the gospel.

We believe that everyone is created in the image of God. No matter how messed up we are, there is something good and true and beautiful and valuable about everyone. Thus, everyone deserves our respect and love.

We believe that the Church is the heart of Christian community. The Church doesn’t save, but it’s the community of the Savior and the primary means by which we experience that grace through relationship.

We believe that God cares for our broader community. Together with other churches and organizations serving the Denver-Boulder Corridor, we want God to use us to love our community, to revitalize its institutions, and to renew its neighborhoods and culture.

We believe that the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) is a reliable summary of biblical Christian teachings subordinate to Scripture, and we receive it as such.

We believe that denominational affiliation, rather than being a source of division or exclusion, is a thoroughly biblical means of being tangibly connected to the global church, leveraging combined resources for the good of our community, and holding ourselves accountable to the God’s Word. RMPC is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, a denomination committed to seeing the Gospel transform all of life from the inside-out.