Reformed and Evangelical
At Christ Church we believe that the sovereignty of God in salvation is glad news. In addition to what we call “sunny Calvinism,” we believe in the covenantal nature of the church and subscribe to the ecumenical and reformed creeds (see Statement of Faith).We are also evangelical. We pray that God will revive His people and that every nation, tribe, tongue, and people will bow in cheerful obedience to the Savior. To this end, we are committed to Spirit-empowered proclamation of the Gospel and covenant-renewal liturgy that is on purpose and for the life of the world.
Emphasis on Biblical Families
As the most basic unit in church and society, the family can hardly be overemphasized. Our church assists and equips parents for spiritual leadership in their homes, but never replaces them. We are seeking to establish families and glorious little communities of joy and life that are an integral part of the larger community of the Church that God has established.
All of life is covenantal. In its simplest terms, a covenant is a formal, defined relationship. Marriage is a covenantal bond; the family is a covenantal unit; the church and the government are covenantal bodies. In every covenant the parties have obligations and privileges. Blessings come for fulfilling these, while curses follow the one who ignores or rejects them. By God’s grace, our church endeavors to trace out and to live the implications of these covenantal bonds seeking to be good citizens of city, state, country, family, and church, seeking to establish the grace of the Kingdom of Jesus in all of life.
We believe “the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). This grand hope is not accomplished through political finagling or Christian activism, but through the bold proclamation of the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God in Jesus Christ. God is undoing the sin of the world like a man patiently bringing a suffering and dying tree back to full health. God loves to work quietly, slowly and in unexpected ways to confound the wise with His foolishness.
Because elders are enjoined to teach every word of God’s whole counsel, our preaching, is rooted in faithful biblical exegesis which is located within the whole story of the Bible and applied to the issues of our day.
Members of Christ Church covenant together under God to encourage one another to love God and each other, seeking to edify one another by using their gifts; assisting one another by providing for needs; and together serving the church and the city.
Jesus Christ is the head of this church. Under Him, and in submission to His word, the church is governed by a body of men called elders (the session).