Where We Stand
What We Believe
“The gospel is of first importance.”
The center of everything we believe is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
According to the Bible, the gospel can be summarized by these four realities:
GOD: The Triune God created everything, including mankind. God’s purpose was to bless His creation and receive glory from it in return.
SIN: Mankind has rebelled, exchanging the worship of God for the worship of the things God has made. This exchange is the essence of sin, and it has broken the relationship between God and mankind.
CHRIST: Jesus is God, and He came to restore what sin had broken. He did this through living as a perfect human, dying as the full payment for the sins of others and then defeating death by rising from it on the third day.
RESPONSE: All who turn back to God from their false worship and put their faith in Christ are forgiven of their sins, adopted into God’s family and receive eternal life in His Kingdom.
At One City Church, we hold to the essential orthodox Christian beliefs as expressed in the historic creeds of our faith (The Apostles’ Creed and The Nicene Creed), as well as contemporary confessions of faith such as the Confessional Statement of The Gospel Coalition, Affirmations & Denials of Together for the Gospel and The Charis Commitment to Common Identity (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches).
Statement on Marriage, Gender and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. (Gen. 1:26-27)
The term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. (Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of One City Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to One City Church’s members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by One City Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage Gender and Sexuality. (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22)
God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of One City Church. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31)
Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect and value all human life.