ourbeliefs

The fundamental teachings of City Church are clearly reflected in the following Statement of Faith:

We believe in the plenary – verbal inspiration of the accepted canon of scriptures as originally given. The scriptures are infallible, inerrant, and the sole and final authority for all matters of faith and conduct (II Timothy 3:16; I Corinthians 2:13).

 

We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as One God existing in Three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinguishable but one and equal (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).

 

We believe in the creation, test, and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to Divine righteousness (Romans 3:23; 5:12, 18).

 

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very Man (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-5; 1:14-18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).

 

We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared unto His disciples and the other brethren (I Corinthians 15:1-8; Romans 4:25).

 

We believe in Jesus Christ and in His bodily ascension to heaven, His exaltation, and personal, literal bodily coming again the second time for His Church (John14:2-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

 

We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins (Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:12, 22; Romans 5:11).

 

We believe in the great commission as our primary assignment from the Lord, spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth (Mark 16:15, 17- 18,  Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8).

 

We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:37-38; 19:1-6).

 

We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a real experience at or subsequent to salvation, with the scriptural evidence, namely, power for witnessing and speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 8:14-19; 10:44-46; 19:1-6).

We believe in the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in I Corinthians 12:8-12, 28; Romans 12:3-8, as manifested in the Early Church.

 

We believe in the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world, holiness unto the Lord expressing the true Christian faith (I Peter 1:15-16; II Corinthians 6:14-18; 7:1).

 

We believe in the healing and deliverance of the body by Divine power, or Divine healing in its varied aspects as practiced in the Early Church (Mark 16:17-18; Acts 4:30; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14-15; Acts 10:38).

 

We believe in the table of the Lord, commonly called the Communion or the Lord’s Supper,for believers (I Corinthians 11:23-32; Matthew 26:26-28).

 

We believe in the reality and personality of the devil and eternal judgment in the lake of fire for the devil and his angels (Mt. 25:41; Rev. 20:14-15).

 

We believe in eternal life for believers (John 5:24;3:16), and eternal punishment for the unbelievers (Mark 9:43-48;         II Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 20:10-15).

 

We believe  that there is one true universal church, made up of genuine believers, but this one universal church is also composed of many local churches in given localities. These churches are under the sovereign headship of the Lord Jesus Christ, exercising autonomous government under Him, administering all their local affairs and ministry, as well as the propagation of the Gospel (Acts 15:2; Matthew 16:18).

 

We believe that government is ordained of God, and the powers that be are ordained as ministers of God to us for good. To resist the powers and the ordinances is to resist the ordinance of God. We are subject not only for wrath sake but for conscience sake, rendering to all their dues, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. We declare our loyalty to our government and its leaders and will assist in every way possible consistent with our faith in the scriptures as Christian citizens (Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:14).
 
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“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Why we do…. what we do!!!
CLAP OUR HANDS:
 LIFT OUR HANDS:
 SPEAK IN TONGUES:
FALL UNDER THE POWER:
Psalm 47:1 says, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Clapping is a form of expressing our joy to our God.
WE CLAP
 
In Psalm 63:4; 134:2; 141:2; 143:6, the lifting up of our hands is one of the highest forms of worship to our God. It indicates a surrendering of ourselves to God.
 
One of the signs that would follow the believer in Mark 16:17 is they would speak with new tongues. In addition, from the beginning of the church (Acts 2:4; 14-21; 39) speaking in tongues has not ceased to be a part of the Pentecostal /Charismatic experience (Acts 10:44-48; 19:6;            I Corinthians 14:14-18). It is one evidence of having received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The first is the power to witness (Acts 1:8).
The scriptures (II Chronicles 5:13-14; Ezekiel 1:27-28; Daniel 10:2-10; John 18:6; Acts 9:4; Revelation 1:10-17) give accounts of men who encountered the presence or anointing of God, and were not able to stand on their feet. The supernatural power of the presence of God temporarily overwhelmed their physical bodies. But tremendous things happened to them when they fell.
ANOINTING WITH OIL
Using anointing oil is biblical and ordained by God. After we have prayed over the olive oil, it becomes holy anointing oil set apart for God’s purposes. We use the oil for God’s glory to see His miracles, prosperity and restoration in your life! We anoint the sick (James 5:14-15). Anointing of fresh oil (Psalm 92:10 – “But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.”); Anointed handkerchiefs (Acts. 19:12).
 
OTHER SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:
Genesis 28:18; 31:13; Exodus 28:41; 29:7; 21, 29; Leviticus 8:12; 21:10
I Samuel 10:1; I Samuel 16:11-13; Psalm 23:5; 89:20; 133:2
Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 6:13; 14:3-9; Luke 7:37-38; 46; John 11:2; 12:1-8.