Loving the Divine | Loving Others | Finding Ourselves
Let’s start with a very important reality, ‘Doctrine does not determine a Christian, following the teachings of Jesus determine who is a Christian.’ This may run counter to the ‘historical teachings’ of the church, but we truly believe it.
PIVOT seeks to express to share the love of the Divine for all creation.
PIVOT seeks to express our love for others, by worship, prayer, laugh, cry, and journey together.
PIVOT seeks to express our love, and serve the City we live in. When we do, we believe we find who we are, who we were created to be.
Given that, what do we believe?
WE BELIEVE IN LOVE:
Without any hesitation, we can say that Love is the core of all we should be as followers of the Teachings of Jesus. Jesus expressed love, and taught us to love. Jesus was the example of Pure Love, expressed by his caring for others, his willingness to share his life with others, and his willingness to give his life for others. In this love, Jesus is not telling us to love the unlovable, Jesus is telling us boldly that no one is unlovable. When we see love as something Jesus did, and something we should express, we see Love as a sacrament. We’re to love the Divine, love ourselves, and love others, as an outward expression of an inward Divine grace. [Matthew 5:38-47; Mark 12:29-31; Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Corinthians 14:1-3; Galatians 5:13-15; Philippians 2:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-8; James 2:8-11; 1 John 4:7-10]
WE BELIEVE IN FORGIVENESS:
No one is perfect; we all make mistakes. At PIVOT we live under the teaching that nothing we’ve done, will ever do, could ever do, or imagine doing, is unforgiveable by the Divine. Jesus forgave, and told us to forgive; in fact, Jesus felt that forgiving others was so important, that if we were unwilling to forgive others the hurts they caused us, we would not be forgiven for the hurts we gave others. At PIVOT, we believe that forgiveness is finding wholeness in Christ, and in each other. When we forgive others, we free ourselves from the bondage of anger, and revenge. Forgiveness moves us closer to finding the Divine in our faith journey. [Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 12:31-31; John 1:29-31; John 20:22-23; Titus 2:11-14]
WE BELIEVE IN WANTING:
At PIVOT, we want people; Jesus wanted people, he captivated people with his love, grace, and forgiveness. We should all strive to want, to openly express, as Jesus did, a wanting nature to all – regardless of the crap the world places upon them. Jesus expressed this wanting in many ways, he openly welcomed those who the culture, and the religious leaders, pushed aside. When we’re wanted, we start to explore the who the Divine created us to be, not what others demand us to be. Because of wanting, we become a community where we can grow, and be in journey with others who will look past their faults, and simply love them for them. As Jesus expressed, when we want, we loves others, we embraces others, and we become a safe place to explore the truths found in the teachings of Jesus. [Matthew 10:12-15; Luke 9:10-11; Romans 3:29-30; Romans 14:1-4; Romans 15:7-13; 1 Corinthians 13:3-7; Philippians 2:28-30; Colossians 4:10:11; Titus 1:5-9]
WE BELIEVE IN WHOLENESS:
At PIVOT, we see the expression of the Divine in the wholeness of Jesus; it’s in that expression, each of us seek to find our wholeness; the expression of wholeness when we strive to journey together, lifting each other as needed; the expression of wholeness when we accept the us the Divine created, and ignore the limits the culture desires to place upon us. When we experience an understanding that every person is made whole in the Divine, we find an expression of wanting them in our lives. [Isiah 9:6-7; Psalm 37:37-38; Philippians 4:6-7; James 2:21-24]
WE BELIEVE IN HUMANITY:
Everyone is conceived, and created in the love and image of the Divine. People are born searching for their place in this messed-up world. It’s the false expectations placed on people which cause us to move away from the Divine. It’s the garbage others place upon us, and we believe, that cause us to drift from each other, ourselves, and the Divine. Labels are used to define us, and cause us to doubt the wonderful creation the Divine created us to be. It is when we find the us the Divine created, the us we are inside, that we find peace in the Divine, with ourselves, and the world around us. [Deuteronomy 24:16; Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 6:4; John 9:1-3]
WE BELIEVE IN THE DIVINE’S DESIRE TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT:
At PIVOT, we understand the Divine’s desire to make things right is found when we accept the us we were created to be, regardless of sexuality, gender, skin color, ethnic origins, finances, or other cultural grouping. We find our true self, in the expression of the Divine, in who we are. Through Jesus, we are reconnected to the Divine, and find labels don’t define us; we’re not defined by the world, but by being loved children of the Divine, Avatars of Christ to our City. [Matthew 5:22-24]
ALL SCRIPTURE IS TAKEN FROM “THE MESSAGE” VERSION.