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Our Beliefs

We do not have a doctrinal statement. My perspective of church history is that they have contributed more to damaging the Body of Christ than to building it up.

This paper is designed simply to give you a general idea of my worldview.

We walk in the basic Christian faith, believing in the One Holy Triune God as revealed in the Holy Bible.

Increasing the awe of God is one of my primary passions. When obedience exists without awe, we have the worst of religion. Where there is awe, a multitude of good results flow.

Our view of God as Father is not mere verbiage. We are deeply vested in the transition from walking in a spirit of slavery to having a spirit of sonship. We study intently the tools and strategies God recorded for us in the book of Numbers as He took an entire nation through that transition in one generation.

While we acknowledge Jesus as Savior, Healer, Head of the Church, Bridegroom and sundry other functional titles, we resonate most deeply to the name that is above every name: King of kings and Lord of lords. We serve the King as Noble Subjects, not beggarly peons. His redemptive death on the cross was followed by His resurrection and the power of the resurrection was released to His subjects so we can build the Kingdom.

The Holy Spirit is our constant companion. The dynamic of the Holy Spirit engaging with our human spirit in a transformational partnership engages a lot of our study and is incarnated daily.

The Kingdom of God is our fourth great passion. We receive resources from our King. Our job as sons is to leverage those raw materials into some format that will expand the hegemony of the Kingdom, then release those back to the King, and receive a new kind of resource.

We do not believe that the institutional church as it is configured today is the sole, legitimate expression of the Kingdom of God.

We believe all truth is subsumed in the seven principles of Design, Authority, Responsibility, Reality, Stewardship, Freedom and Fulfillment. We pursue principles, not doctrine, since our experience is that doctrine is a fence that was generally designed to protect us but almost always ends up enslaving us. Principles are building blocks that can bring about Kingdom transformation.

We believe that the spiritual realm is as vastly diversified and as incomprehensibly complex as any other part of creation. Nonetheless, we are expected to access some support from the righteous spiritual realm and suppress the effectiveness of the unrighteous side.

When Job had theological issues with God, God responded by teaching him about nature. We believe that the nature of God is expressed in millions of ways in all of creation. While we do not worship nature in any way, or see it as divine, there is immense value in seeing the expression of God imprinted in that milieu.

In terms of interaction with other people from different streams of the faith, we insist that they must agree on those things that are eternal, such as the nature of God, but we can disagree on things that are temporal, such as church polity. We screen our partners much more closely for their values than their theology.

At the end of the day, we are a think tank, and we are passionate about transformation. We are far more interested in those passages of Scripture that can be leveraged to produce change in an individual or in the culture at large than we are about the doctrinal issues that absorb so many religious streams.

We do not have an official position on most of the hot debates of this age, such as eschatology, church polity and ordinances. We are generally studying the issues no one else is talking about, seeking to enlarge the tool kit that other Noble Subjects have to bring about transformation for our Great King.

Arthur Burk
February 2015