what is the bible?

The bible is the most influential book of all time. It is a best seller that has changed history.

But this is no ordinary book. It is a collection of ancient manuscripts, written over fifteen hundred years, by more than forty authors. Some scriptures are historical. Others are poetic. There are also letters, stories, and sayings. 

Here’s the amazing thing. When you read the scriptures together, as a collection, they tell one big story — the story of God and his great love for humanity. 

And while the bible may feel mysterious, it’s not as hard to read as you might think. You may just need a bit of help to get started.

what do we believe?

At Together Church we have adopted the Nicene Creed, an ancient statement of belief shared by almost all Christians throughout history (see below).

A more detailed articulation of our beliefs is outlined in the Lausanne Covenant, an ecumenical statement of belief adopted by various churches around the world.

As a member of Churches of Christ we “value and affirm the centrality of the scriptures as our authority for belief, identity and practice.”

We don’t have a long list of creeds, but if you had to put us in a box (which we try to avoid) you might call us missional, evangelical, charismatic, theologically orthodox, progressive on climate change, traditional on marriage … and more. But these are just boxes. The heart of faith is to love Jesus passionately and to shape our individual and collective lives around His life and teachings. We stumble often, but this is what we try our best to do. 

the nicene creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic^ and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

^That is, the true Christian church of all times and all places