CITY CHURCH OTR

STATEMENT OF FAITH

ESSENTIALS

Our Statement of Faith is divided into two sections: essentials and convictions.  
Our essentials present clear claims about critical concepts in Christian theology. They identify who God is and what God is doing in the world. They are affirmed by historic and contemporary creeds, and
 are agreed upon by Christians around the world, regardless of their nation of origin, denominational background, or social location. 

  • GOD

    God is love. He is powerful and perfect - the Creator of all things. He has existed in relationship with Himself for eternity as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity possesses equal power and authority.

  • THE FATHER

    The Father is kind and gracious. He is all powerful, all knowing, ever-present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. The Father is good, loving, compassionate, and faithful to His children and His promises.

  • THE SON

    Jesus Christ, the Son, is completely human and completely God. He was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a perfect life, and was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He died on the cross as the all-sufficient sacrifice for human sin. Later, he rose from the dead, defeating death, and ascended into heaven, where he now reigns over all powers and authorities. His victory over death and sin enables us to have eternal life.

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT

    The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ until His return. He guides us into all truth and glorifies Jesus as Lord. He brings conviction of sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He is with us as our Comforter, and gives spiritual gifts that make us more like Christ.

  • THE BIBLE

    The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was composed by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible should be believed in all that it teaches, trusted in all it promises, and obeyed in all it requires.

  • HUMANS

    Humans are made in the image of God and are the supreme object of His creation. Every human is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and love. Humans were made to experience relationship with God but became separated from Him through sinful disobedience.

  • ETERNITY

    Humans were created to exist forever. Humans will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally with God is Heaven. Both Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

  • SALVATION

    The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through human effort.

  • THE CHURCH

    The Church is a global community of people who are unified through faith in Christ. The Church is the body of Christ, and is committed to the teachings of Christ, to fellowship with one another, to celebrating the Lord’s supper, and to prayer. It seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church is organized into local churches, where worship, love, sacrifice, and faithfulness are embodied in real human community.

 

CONVICTIONS

Our convictions are  biblically-rooted beliefs that shape our preaching and practice.  They're positions we've come to embrace through study, prayer, dialogue, and experience. They give distinct character to our Christian community.

 

  We know not everyone will see things they way we do. And that's okay. We're proud of our convictions, and we're always excited about opportunities to discuss them. 

 

We think those kinds of conversations happen best face-to-face.

In fact, if you'd like to dialogue about any of these convictions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our pastors.

 
  • MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPRIT

     

    It is our conviction that the Holy Spirit’s work has not changed or ceased since Pentecost. Specifically, we see biblical evidence that the gifts the Spirit gives ought to be "eagerly desired” under the guidance of the local church. We believe God still speaks, heals, and does wonders in the Earth.

  • WOMEN IN
    THE CHURCH

     

    In light of our reading of Scripture, we affirm that there are no gender-based distinctions in the distribution of spiritual gifts, that women were the first witnesses of Jesus’s resurrection, and that women can serve as pastoral leaders in local churches.

  • SEX & MARRIAGE

    We believe God designed sex for marriage relationships, and that God established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive union between one man and one woman. God calls all His people to honor Him with their sexual activity. Those who are married honor Him by remaining sexually faithful to their spouse. And those who are single, honor Him through committed celibacy empowered and encouraged by their faith community.

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    RACISM

     

    We believe all people are made in the image of God, so we seek the flourishing of every human being, paying particular attention to those who are marginalized, oppressed, and suffering. This includes those who are experiencing racism. We categorically oppose racism of any kind, and believe faithful Christian witness requires anti-racist work.

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    BAPTISM

     

    We know that Jesus was baptized, and we believe His present-day disciples should follow His example, as He instructed. Baptism should be celebrated by those who have placed their faith in Jesus. It should occur after conversion as a public identification of one’s union with Christ.

  • THE LORD'S TABLE

    On the night He was betrayed, Jesus instituted a practice we call the Lord’s Table. We believe the Lord's Table is a regular commitment Jesus's followers make to remember His death, and also a renewal of our faith that joins us to one another. For these reasons, the Lord's Table is open and available at our services weekly, and also celebrated corporately on occasion.

 

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