What We Believe

Core Beliefs

God

We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of the universe, who eternally exists in three persons; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God as Creator: Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalms 33:6, Psalms 102:25; Jeremiah 10:12; Acts 17:24-25; Hebrews 11:3. / God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 20-21

The Scriptures

We believe that God has revealed his heart and character in creation, the person of Christ and the Holy Scriptures. We believe that the Holy Scriptures (the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament) are the very word of God written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are wholly sufficient in all matters pertaining to life and godliness, completely reliable in all they affirm, and are the supreme and final authority for all who believe.

Exodus 34:27-28; 2 Samuel 23:2; Psalm 19:7-11; Jeremiah 56:1-4; Hebrews 1:2; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

The Nature of  Our Humanity

We believe men and women were created in the image of God to reflect the heart and character of God and to live and thrive in an intimate relationship with Him, but humanity as a whole, and each of us as individuals have willfully rejected the gracious rule of God and have forfeited the blessedness of living in the presence of a Holy God.

Man Created in God's Image for Fellowship with Him: Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 5:2; 1 Colossians 1:9; 1 John 1:3. / The Result of Sin: Psalms 14:1-3; Psalms 51:5; Romans 5:12-14; Romans 7:5; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:19-21; Ephesians 2:1-5; Jeremiah 7:9

The Consequence of Sin

As a result of our sin, we are separated from the life of God and subject to physical and spiritual death. Should we fail to receive God's gracious provision for our sin through faith in Christ, we will enter into a godless eternity, suffering the due penalty for our sin forever.

Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:46; John 3:36; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9; Hebrews 9:27

The Person of Christ and The Nature of  His Death

We believe Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; and that out of his boundless grace and mercy, God sent his Son to live in perfect submission and obedience to Him, and die on the cross in our place—bearing in his body the due penalty for our sin.

Jesus' Human Nature: Luke 2:6-7; John 1:14; Matthew 1:20; Luke 2:52; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 4:2. Jesus' Divine Nature: John 1:1-4; 1 John 5:20; John 1:18, Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:25; John 5:18; Romans 9:5; Philippians 2:5-6; Colossians 2:9-10; Hebrews 1:3; 2 Peter 1:1. The Vicarious Death of Christ: Isaiah 53:5-6; Matthew 20:28; John 3:14-15; Romans 5:6-8; Galatians 3:15; Colossians 2:13-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2

Eternal Life

We believe that God freely offers eternal life to anyone who would place his or her faith in the person and work of Christ. Our salvation from beginning to end is a work of God: He chooses us in Christ before the foundation of the world, effectively calls us into relationship with him, generates a living faith in us, and renews our hearts and minds through the power of the Spirit. While our works cannot bring us into a saving relationship with Christ, our salvation will inevitably produce works that are pleasing to God.

Romans 6:23; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 5:24; John 11:25; John 20:31; Romans 8:38-39; 1 John 5:11-13; Titus 3:5; John 10:10

The Resurrection of Christ

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and accept it as a divine affirmation that he is indeed the Son of God, has conquered sin, death, and Satan, and holds out the hope of eternal life for all who trust in him.

Romans 1:1-4; Romans 4:25; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; Ephesians 1:18-21; 1 Peter 1:3-4; Matthew 16:21; Matthew 28:1-11; Luke 8:31-33; Luke 24:45-47; Luke 2:19-22; Acts 2:24; Acts 13:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God and is at work in the world convincing men and women of their need for God and enabling them to come to Christ in faith. He gives new life to those who belong to Christ, indwelling and empowering them to live a godly life in Christ Jesus and endows them with spiritual gifts for effective service in the body of Christ.

Ezekiel 36:27; Romans 8:9, 11, 26; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 2:22; 1 Corinthians 12:2-11; John 14:16-18, 26; John 16:7-8; Acts 1:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13

The Baptism and Fullness of the Holy Spirit

We believe that all believers are baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ and that we experience the fullness of the Spirit as we turn from sin and live in obedience to God's word under the Spirit's power and guidance.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Matthew 3:11; Romans 8:9, 11, 26; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:3-6; / The Fullness of the Holy Spirit: Romans 8:9, 13-15; Galatians 5:16-17, 22; Galatians 6:7-8; Colossians 3:15

The Perseverance of the Believer

We believe that those who are truly in Christ will be kept by Christ so that they persevere in faith and works that are pleasing to Christ until to the day of Christ.

John 10:28-29; John 4:13-14; John 6:35, 37, 39; Romans 11:29; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:13-14

The Church

We believe the Church is made up of all who by faith have come to Christ and is the visible expression of his life and ministry in the world. The Church expresses itself in local congregations which are bound together in covenant and fellowship to glorify Christ, minister to one another in the fullness of the Spirit, to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ to those in need, and to proclaim the good news of God’s gracious provision in Christ to the world.

Church as the Body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 2:19-22; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18; Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; John 10:16; Acts 2:42-47. / Church Expressed in Local Bodies: 2 Corinthians 8:23; Galatians 1:2; Acts 8:1; Acts 13:1; Acts 18:22; Acts 20:17; Romans 16:1-5

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus instituted the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper to be observed by all believers until His return.

While we do not believe that baptism is necessary for salvation, we believe that it is a public testimony and visible sign of the believer's new life in Christ and is therefore an essential act of Christian obedience.

Baptism: Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:37-41; Acts 8:12, 36-38; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 16:31-33; Acts 22:14-16; Mark 16:16. 1 Peter 3:21-22 / Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Luke 22:14-19; Acts 2:42. The Nature of Water Baptism: 1 Peter 3:21-22; Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16.

Eternity

We believe that all people are eternal beings who either spend eternity in God's presence, enjoying and delighting in him as a result of their faith in Christ, or separated from God, suffering the due penalty for their sin, because of their rejection of God's gracious provision in Christ.

Daniel 12:2-3. / Heaven: Isaiah 66:1; John 14:2-3; Psalms 16:11; Psalms 23:6; Psalms 73:24-26; Matthew 6:20; Luke 23:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 21:23-27. / Hell: Isaiah 66:24; Matthew 10:28; 25:46; Luke 16:23-26; Romans 2:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Mark 9:43

The Return of Christ

We live in anticipation of the Lord's visible and bodily return to judge the living and the dead, assign them to their eternal destinies, and to renew and restore all of creation in a new heaven and new earth.

Matthew 16:26-27; Matthew 24:30-31; Matthew 25:31-33; Luke 9:26; Luke 12:40; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

For a fuller statement of faith and vision of ministry, see The Gospel Coalitions Foundation Documents and Statement of Beliefs.

Core Values

Christ Church exists to glorify God by making disciples who know and love Christ and are committed to being his Church for one another, our city and the world.
We value THE GOSPEL, the good news that Jesus Christ has accomplished for us what we could never accomplish for ourselves by dying on the cross in our place and rising on the third day, freely offering forgiveness of sin and the gift of new life to those who believe in Him.
We value EXPOSITORY PREACHING, teaching through the Bible in its literary and historical context, presenting the story of God’s redemptive plan as it unfolds throughout Scripture and inviting people to find their place in His story.
We value WORSHIP that encompasses all that we are and do, is deeply rooted in the Biblical story, lived out in faithful obedience to Christ and overflows in personal and corporate expressions of praise and thanksgiving.
We value PRAYING TOGETHER, humbly seeking God's guidance for our church, casting all our cares on Him, desiring above all to experience His active presence in our church and community.
We value BIBLICAL COMMUNITY knowing that we grow in Christ as we grow together in the body of Christ. We open our homes and lives to one another, enjoying each other's company, engaging with God and one another through the Word and prayer, and walking with one another through the highs and lows of life.
We value MISSIONAL LIVING where every member, every community group and the church as a whole are actively for our city by sharing the love of Christ and the hope of the gospel with our friends, neighbors, and co-workers who do not know Christ.
We value THE LOCAL CHURCH as God’s design for fulfilling his mission in the world, and are committed to planting gospel-centered churches that are committed to planting other gospel- centered churches around the world.
We value BIBLICAL GENEROSITY, the wholehearted giving of ourselves to God and the faithful stewardship of our time, talent and financial resources in fulfilling His purposes in the church and throughout the world.

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