We believe that the Scripture of the ancient Church constitutes the divinely inspired Word of God, inerrant in the originals and applicable within their context to guide us in all areas of life.
The Scripture is nothing less than the story of Christ and Him crucified. It is God’s story of grace that is foolish to the powerful, absurd to the proud, and offensive to the religious. This story invites sinners to a relationship with their Maker and encourages sinful Christians to a deeper, more honest, and more loving relationship with their Father.
The Scripture teaches us to recognize that we are made for no greater calling than to glorify the Lord and to enjoy Him forever. Therefore, our purpose is to be a Grace-saturated church where everything that we teach, write, or model will be drenched with this story of and reliance upon God’s incomprehensible grace.
The Scripture gives us hope that the Christian life will be characterized by continuous repentance-turning from the idols which plague our hearts, rob our affections, sap our strength and courage, and paralyze our wills to Jesus Christ. We continue to work towards fostering a community of authenticity, honesty, and unconditional love where everyone has the freedom to fail, struggle, and rejoice that Christ indeed died for big sinners like us.
We believe in one God existing eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father:
We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. We express this belief by encouraging creativity and artistic expression from all of our members and empowering our members to make the city beautiful as they serve throughout Corpus Christi.
God the Son:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became Man without ceasing to be God, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. We express this belief by adopting a Christocentric attitude of service, humility, and friendship toward all of the city’s diversity, regardless of class, race, or ideology. Confronting the cycles and systems of injustice with ministries of mercy and love. Urging those committed to our church to devote time, energy, and resources to serve and to beautify the city of Corpus Christi.
God the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, comfort, and seal those who believe in Jesus Christ, and to empower them for the carrying out of the work of the Lord Jesus Christ that we may faithfully serve our city. We value all professions and vocations as equally spiritual and important, and worthy of excellence and industry.
We believe that the Cross of Christ changes people from the inside out. The Cross of Christ gives us a radically new identity, freeing us from both self-righteousness and self-condemnation. Christ and His cross liberate us to accept people we once excluded, and to break the bondage of things (even good things) that once drove us. In particular, the Cross of Christ especially teaches us to be welcoming and respectful toward those who do not share our beliefs.
The Cross reminds us we are sinful
We believe that we are more sinful than we can possibly imagine and that in our depravity we are completely unable to remedy our lost condition and therefore cannot boast in anything.
The Cross reminds us we are loved
We believe we are more loved than we can possibly dream and that the salvation of our eternal being is the gift of God brought to us by grace-alone and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose saving blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin.
We believe that the local church is the institution to which all Christians must be connected and committed, and by which they are principally equipped, matured, and sent out to serve the city. We mark this commitment through the two sacraments of baptism and communion that have marked the ancient Church throughout history.
We believe in baptism by water as the outward mark of an inward work between God and His people. Baptism serves as entrance into the community of believers.
We believe in the weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper, commemorating the sacrifice of our Savior for the church. Weekly communion keeps short accounts with God as we continue to critique and to repent of our church’s hypocrisy, blindness, and acquiescence to the idols of our age and culture.
We believe that the most effective message to our city is one that is rooted in both word and deed. We want to avoid being a church that is solely a “teaching church” or solely a “service church”, recognizing that both extremes are faulty and produce a dead faith. We wish to express the truth of Christianity through a balance of both.
We are committed to teaching the tenets of ancient Christianity. Ours is a faith rooted in history. We seek to be thoroughly Biblical and true to the ancient Christian faith. We affirm the ancient Christian faith through the teaching of Scripture, recitation of our historic creeds and confessions and corporate participation in all teaching aspects of our church.
We believe that nothing promotes the peace and health of the city like the spread of the gospel message of grace. Grace renews both individual lives and reweaves the fabric of whole neighborhoods. We believe that nothing other than grace can move Christians to humbly serve, live with, and love all the diverse people of the city.
Though we joyfully invite every person to faith in Jesus, we are committed to sacrificially serving our neighbors whether they believe as we do or not. We do this by using our gifts and resources for the needs of others, especially the poor. And more than merely meeting individual needs, we work for justice for the powerless.
We believe that grace has a deep, vital, and healthy impact on the arts, business, government, media, and academy of any society. Therefore we are highly committed to supporting Christians’ engagement with culture, helping them work with excellence, distinctiveness, and accountability in their professions as they serve the city between the Sundays. We work to inspire our members toward a vision of civic involvement-building bridges across our community, and expending ourselves in the service of our city and her citizens.