History's Journey These central understandings of God's story and our storyshape our faith and life together at Journey. God - The creator, defined by compassion, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Genesis 1:1 - "In the beginning, God..."Exodus 34:6 - "The LORD, the compassionate and gracious God..." Humanity - God's children, bearing his image, created to reflect his nature in the world. Genesis 1:27 - "So God created humanity in his own image..."Ephesians 5:1 - "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children..." Satan - The adversary and defeated accuser of humanity who lies and kills... while he can. James 4:7 - "Resist the devil and he will flee from you."1 John 4:4 - "The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." Jesus - The God of all, entering creation to start a new creation among us. Colossians 1:20 - "...making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."Philippians 2:11 - "...every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord." Sin & Salvation - In Christ, we are restored to God and recreated to live now and forever. John 17:3 - "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God..."2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come." Holy Spirit - The creator who gives, restores, indwells, and empowers life in his children. Job 33:4 - "The Spirit of God has made me; the Spirit of the Almighty gives me life."Galatians 5:25 - "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." Church - A new humanity, brought near to God and each other, imitating Christ's love. Ephesians 2:13 - "...you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ."Ephesians 4:15 - "We will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him..." Eternity - The new heaven and new earth where God will live with his people. Romans 8:19 - "...creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed."Revelation 21:4 - "There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away."