WHAT WE BELIEVE
What Drives Us
Gathering in Worship
Though all of life is worship, God has prescribed a time on the Sabbath for His people to gather together corporately in worship. It is the gathering of God’s people, according to His call, where God is glorified, and His people are blessed. The end of public worship is the glory of God.
The Lord Jesus Christ has prescribed no fixed forms for public worship but, in the interest of life and power in worship, has given His church a large measure of liberty in this matter. It may not be forgotten, however, that there is true liberty only where the rules of God’s Word are observed and the Spirit of the Lord is, that all things must be done decently and in order, and that God’s people should serve Him with reverence and in the beauty of holiness.
God Himself prescribes all pieces, parts, and the whole of worship, for His glory alone.
Growing in Walk
As Christians who have been effectually called and regenerated, it is not only our duty, but also our great privilege to grow in our walk with God through the means of His grace: sacraments, prayer, and the preaching/teaching/reading of His Word. It is through these means of grace that we are quickened to duty and strengthened to the practice of true holiness – yet imperfect in this life, but growing in perfection.
Going in Witness
Like worship, all of life is witness. We are called to not only show the love of Christ by the lifestyle we lead, but also share the Word of God through what we speak, whether locally in our daily walk, or globally as called full-time missionaries. (Acts 1:8–…You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.)
What Are Our Distinctives
Traditional, God-Centered Worship
- traditional/historical genre
- Christ centered
- Sunday school ( Sundays 9:45am)
- Morning Worship (Sundays 11am)
- Evening Worship (Sundays 6pm)
“Expository preaching grounds the message in the text so that all the sermon’s points are the points in the text, and it majors in the text’s major ideas. It aligns the interpretation of the text with the doctrinal truths of the rest of the Bible (being sensitive to systematic theology). And it always situates the passage within the Bible’s narrative, showing how Christ is the final fulfillment of the text’s theme (being sensitive to biblical theology).”
Tim Keller, Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism
Community of Believers
- Fellowship luncheon (2nd Sunday of the month)
- Conferences throughout the year (missions, Bible)
- Children’s and youth programs (VBS, Groove into School)
- Special events (4th of July, Fall Festival)
The Five Solas of the Reformation
By Scripture Alone – Sola Scriptura
The Scriptures are the highest and ultimate authority. The Word of God determines what doctrines we are to believe. The Reformers argued that, whenever tradition contradicted Scripture, we should follow Scripture.
By Faith Alone – Sola Fide
Since Christ alone does the work to atone for our sins, and since salvation is a gift of God by grace alone, then salvation is not of our own efforts, but is through faith alone, plus nothing.
By Grace Alone – Sola Gratia
Salvation is not something we earn or cooperate with God in. Salvation is a gift of God. We cannot strive to earn a gift. Salvation is a free gift of God, that is, it is by grace alone.
Through Christ Alone – Solus Christus
It is through the work of Christ alone that we can receive salvation. Christ fulfilled every part of the law of God, and it is by Christ’s blood which He shed on the cross that we are saved.
Glory to God Alone – Soli Deo Gloria
God has given us the Scriptures. Christ alone has saved us. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone. The Triune God will alone receive glory and honor and praise for how He has redeemed His people.
The PCA is a denomination devoted to keeping the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Find out more about the history of the PCA.
We adhere to the Westminster Confession of Faith as a faithful representation of the doctrines contained in Scripture. Find out more about the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Why We Worship the Way We Do
Each element of our worship services is included for a specific Biblical reason, and the Christ Church Worship Committee has prepared a guide that gives the reason for each one.