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Staying within this one evangelical church is both advantageous and disadvantageous to developing a theological framework. As I remember, the word theology never came up as the church was more interested in how to apply Biblical standards to every day life. One year of high school Sunday School focused on the Evangelical Free Churches of America's Statement of Faith but we only focused on how to apply those theological statements to our lives and not how they came to be or why they mattered. Looking back over this time, the main thing that I notice is the emphasis on the individual and not the community.
    Since then, I have spent three years at Wheaton learning about how little I knew about theology. I still do not know that much about formal theology. I have read and agreed with both the Apostle's and Nicene Creed. This summer I have come across a verse that has refocused for me what it means to follow Christ. It is Micah 6:8 - "What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." While this verse was spoken to a different people at a different time, I think that this is a timeless message of what God desires for us.
    This is, however, not a theology. What I believe theologically is best expressed in the Nicene and Apostle’s creed. I found the Evangelical Manifesto’s summary of what it means to submit our lives to the leadership of Christ. This theology is based on believing that Christ is fully human and fully God and that what he did on the cross is the only ground for God accepting us. Thus, new life in Christ is a gift and also necessarily transformative. Scripture is God’s Word. Being Christ’s disciples must shape every sphere of our life, and our hope needs to come from the promise of Christ’s reform. We are called to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “love your neighbor as yourself” (NIV Matthew 22:37-39). This is my