The gospel is the history-long story of God’s redemption of his fallen creation. Originally created perfect, everything on earth has become broken, and its restoration requires a Redeemer. God has acted in history to conquer evil, rebellion, and sin in order to reconcile men and women to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
By Jesus’ work, God the Father saves us from sin and eternal separation from God, and saves us for eternal glory and joy. He also saves us for holiness, mission, and ministry, as we live out and grow deeper in our faith, empowered by his indwelling Spirit.
Through the gospel and the Spirit’s continued work in our lives, Christians are continually being transformed to the image of Christ until we’re restored to full perfection in the presence of God for eternity.
We believe that the gospel changes our core identity and is thus lived out in the everyday rhythms of our lives. Learn more here
The following beliefs represent the core of orthodox biblical and historical doctrine for all followers of Jesus. While we are a welcoming church family, and open to many beliefs and dialogue, these are the beliefs we ask our partners (members) to affirm.
- that the Scriptures in their original writings are inspired by God and are completely true, authoritative, and sufficient (Ps 19:7-11; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21).
- that there is only one God (Deut 6:4; Isa 45:5-6; 46:9-10; Jn 17:3; 1 Cor 8:4-6; 1 Tim 2:5).
- that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God; that the members of the Trinity are equal in nature yet distinct in their roles (Gen 1:26; Ps 45:6-7; 110:1; Matt 3:13-17; 28:17-20; 1 Cor 12:4-6).
- that God stands as the sovereign King over every inch of His creation. By the power of the Holy Spirit, through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God is establishing His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10; Mark 1:14-15; Lk 17:20-21; 1 Cor 15:24; Col 1:13; Ps 145:13).
- that I am, along with all humanity (Christ excluded), by birth and action, a sinner (Gen 6:5; Ps 51:5; Jer 17:9; Rom 3:23; 5:8,12-21; 7:18; Eph 2:1-3).
- that the deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Gen 2:15-17; 3:19; Rom 5:12; 6:23; Jas 1:14-15).
- that salvation does not result from man’s merit, but is a result of divine grace and mercy alone (Rom 3:20, 28; 4:13-16; Eph 2:4-9; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
- that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, is both fully God and fully human, and is without sin (Matt 1:20; Luke 2:52; Jn 1:1-4,14; Col 1:15-20; Heb 1:1-3).
- that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life in uncompromising adherence to God’s righteous command and that His perfect righteousness is credited to the account of all His people (Heb 5:8-9; Mt 3:15; Rom 5:19, 10:5; Gal 4:4-5, Phil 2:8).
- that Jesus Christ died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin (Jn 1:29; 10:1-18; Rom 5:8; 1 Cor 15:1-4; 2 Cor 5:21; Gal 1:4; 1 Pet 3:18).
- that Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead (Matt 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; Jn 20:1-21:25; 1 Cor 15:12-34).
- that Jesus Christ physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (Jn 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess 4:16; Heb 9:28; 1 Jn 3:2; Rev 1:7).
- that only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (Jn 3:18; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom 3:21-26; 1 Tim 2:5-6).
- in a future, physical resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who have not trusted in Jesus Christ will be raised to eternal punishment (Matt 25:31-46; Jn 5:28-29; Acts 24:15).
- that I am to announce the message of the gospel together with the command to repent and believe to all peoples, and that I am to display fruit and good works in keeping with repentance (Matt 9:37-38; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:14-15; 2 Cor 5:18-20; 1 Peter 3:15).
The theological convictions above are considered closed-handed issues of primary importance. There also exist theological issues that we do not consider essential for salvation and over which genuine believers have thoughtfully disagreed. The City Church family can likewise disagree on the issues below, but the leadership of our church family holds to, and leads from, the following additional unified convictions:
• Gospel centrality in all of life
• The sovereignty of God in saving sinners
• The empowering presence of God the Spirit for all of life and ministry
• The fundamental moral and spiritual equality of male and female, as well as the principle of male headship in the church and home
• Missional ecclesiology
• Expository preaching
• Inaugurated (“already – not yet”) eschatology