Statement of Faith

City Life Fellowship: Core Convictions ~ We believe that:

God is active and involved in our lives in a “near, now, and noticeable” way
Every believer has a specific mission and ministry to discover and develop                           God-honoring relationships are the building blocks of the Kingdom of God
God’s redemptive work applies to all areas of our lives

Statement of Faith

God: We believe in one eternal God, manifest in three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-3, 18; 15:26; 17:11, 21)

Creation: We believe all things were created and continue to be sustained by God. (Genesis 1; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:3)

The Bible: We believe the Bible, in its entirety, to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Jesus Christ: We believe the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, was crucified, dead, buried, resurrected; that He ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father, and is true God and true man. He is the only mediator between God and man, and He accomplished man’s redemption through His sacrificial death on the cross (Luke 1:30-35; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Acts 1:9-11; John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:3-5, 8, 9; Romans 2:8-10)

The Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine attributes of the Father and Son. He baptizes all believers into Christ’s body, the church, at the moment of conversion. The Holy Spirit indwells, instructs, and empowers all believers, giving various gifts for the purpose of equipping the saints and building up the body of Christ. (Luke 12:12; Acts 2:33, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:11-12; Galatians 5:18-25)

Eternal Life: We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal joy of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost. We believe that the free gift of eternal life is bestowed on every repentant sinner who trusts in the finished work of Christ on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. (John 3:14-18; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22; 2 Corinthians 5:10, 14, 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15)

The mission of all believers: We believe that the discipling of the nations, the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20, involves both personal evangelism and the addressing of whole cultures and nations as represented clearly in the word of God, both Old and New Testaments. We believe the redemptive work of Christ can change men’s God-ordained institutions of government and culture even as it changes the hearts of men and women. (Genesis 1:26-28; Numbers 14:21; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20)

The coming age: We do not believe Jesus Christ is coming back to a perfect world, but rather He is coming back to join His bride (the church) who has prepared herself to rule with Him. (Revelation 19:7)

We believe that Christ’s finished work on the cross over sin, and His bodily resurrection by the power of God, is a complete victory. We believe in a literal heaven and a literal catching away of the saints at Christ’s second coming. (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:17)

We believe God’s sovereign rule and Kingdom ever was, now is, and is yet to come fully. (Daniel 2:44; Matthew 6:10; 1 Corinthians 15:24)

Insights into our Worship Service

Why we sing as we do:  We sing to express our love and gratefulness to God, as well as to encourage one another. The Bible encourages Christians to “admonish one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).

Why we sometimes lift our hands as we worship God: The Bible tells us that lifting our hands is one of the ways we can position ourselves to worship God. As we lift our hands, we open our hearts to God and listen for His voice. Psalm 134:2 says, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord,” and Psalm 63:4 says, “I will bless Thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands unto Thy name.”

Why we pray for the sick, anoint with oil, and practice the laying on of hands: We believe that God heals those who are sick, and that He answers prayer for healing. In the Bible, we are encouraged with these words, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” (James 5:14,15)