CITY CHURCH OTR
STATEMENT OF FAITH
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.
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 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 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.
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 the 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.
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.
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.
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.