We yearn to work with all who, in addition to embracing the confession and vision set out here, seek the lordship of Christ over the whole of life with unabashed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transform individuals, com- munities, and cultures. At the same time, we are more flawed and sinful than we ever dared believe, yet we are more loved and accepted than we ever dared hope. In this perspective, the gospel appears as creation, fall, redemption, restoration. But the gospel of grace, centered on a man dying for us while we were his enemies, removes selfrighteousness and selfishness and turns its members to serve others both for the temporal flourishing of all people, especially the poor, and for their salvation. This is not an outline of our doctrinal beliefs (see the Confessional Statement), but a statement of how we intend to discharge Christian ministry and interact with our culture in biblical and theological faithfulness. Developing humane yet creative and excellent business environments out of our understanding of the gospel is part of the work of bringing a measure of healing to Gods creation in the power of the Spirit. It is a community which so loves and cares practically for its members that biblical chastity makes sense. The good news of the Bible is not only individual forgiveness but the renewal of the whole creation. If you have made an account on the new church directory but have forgotten your password you can recover it, If you have made an account on the new church directory but have forgotten your username or need any other assistance, please contact us at. But we never want to be so affected by our culture that we compromise gospel truths.
The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satans dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom.
Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it: rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God.
There are many seekerdriven churches that help many people find Christ. There will be calls for radical Christian community in which all members share wealth and resources and make room for the poor and the marginalized.
We desire to advance along the Kings highway, always aiming to provide gospel advocacy, encouragement, and education so that current- and next-generation church leaders are better equipped to fuel their ministries with principles and practices that glorify the Savior and do good to those for whom he shed his lifes blood. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners. There is great hope if we can unite on the nature of truth, how best to read the Bible, on our relationship to culture, on the content of the gospel, and on the nature of gospelcentered ministry. (See below, point 5c.). Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and, as the other Paraclete, is present with and in believers. We want to encourage a passion for sound doctrine, but we know that Christian growth is not simply cognitive information transfer. We want to be a church that not only gives support to individual Christians in their personal walks with God, but one that also shapes them into the alternative human society God creates by his Word and Spirit.
If you had an account on the old church directory at churches.thegospelcoalition.org you will need to make a new account. The church should surround all persons suffering from the fallenness of our human sexuality with a compassionate community and family. How this relationship to culture shapes us. In this imbalance there is little or no emphasis on the importance of the work of justice and mercy for the poor and the oppressed, and on cultural production that glorifies God in the arts, business, etc. The Gospel We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus ChristGods very wisdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God. Secularism and religion conform people to behavioral norms through fear (of consequences) and pride (a desire for selfaggrandizement). The emphasis is on Christianity as a way of life to the loss of a bloodbought status in Christ received through personal faith. We affirm that truth is conveyed by Scripture. contact us. Together they are simultaneously Gods pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things. This betrays a lack of gospel humility and a lack of love for our neighbor. But we also reject a view of truth that sees truth as nothing more than the internally coherent language of a particular faithcommunity. The church is the corporate dwelling place of Gods Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world. We desire to champion this gospel with clarity, compassion, courage, and joygladly linking hearts with fellow believers across denominational, ethnic, and class lines. The gospel opens our eyes to the fact that all our wealth (even wealth for which we worked hard) is ultimately an unmerited gift from God. God created both soul and body, and the resurrection of Jesus shows that he is going to redeem both the spiritual and the material. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace. The Redemption of Christ We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The claim to objectivity is arrogant, postmodernism tells us, and inevitably leads to conflicts between communities with differing opinions as to where the truth lies. By being a counterculture. In this imbalance there is little emphasis on vigorous evangelism and apologetics, on expository preaching, and on the marks and importance of conversion/the new birth. See CS(2). If a church seeks to be a counterculture for peoples temporal and eternal good, it will guard itself against both the legalism that can accompany undue cultural withdrawal and the compromise that comes with overadaptation. It will do little to make them comfortable but will do much to make its message understandable. Regarding the family, the church should affirm the goodness of marriage between a man and a woman, calling them to serve God by reflecting his covenant love in lifelong loyalty, and by teaching his ways to their children. How should we relate to the culture around us? If you would like to have it removed, please. We have become deeply concerned about some movements within traditional evangelicalism that seem to be diminishing the churchs life and leading us away from our historic beliefs and practices. At the heart of corporate worship is the ministry of the Word. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself. As we confess in CS(1), [God] providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace. There are many congregations with strong concern for doctrinal rigor and purity and who work very hard to keep themselves separate from the world. The Plan of God We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, and to this end foreknew them and chose them. We adopt a chastened correspondencetheory of truth that is less triumphalistic than that of some in the older evangelicalism.
It is not enough that the church should counter the values of the dominant culture.
Many today (but not all) who major in the first of these two ways of reading the Biblethat is, reading along the whole Bibledwell on the more corporate aspects of sin and salvation. Reading along the whole Bible. 3. By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God. 1. We have a vision for a church that sees conversions of rich and poor, highly educated and less educated, men and women, old and young, married and single, and all races. Copyright 2022 The Gospel Coalition, INC. All Rights Reserved. On the other hand, the older evangelicalism (though not all of it) tended to read across the Bible. The gospel moves people to holiness and service out of grateful joy for grace, and out of love of the glory of God for who he is in himself. Countercultural community. The Power of the Holy Spirit We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Its ultimate goal, however, is not simply to teach but to lead the hearers to worship, individual and corporate, that strengthens their inner being to do the will of God. The Kingdom of God We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church. What could lead to a growing movement of gospelcentered churches? The former is con- nected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. Indifference to the poor and disadvantaged means there has not been a true grasp of our salvation by sheer grace. Yet we often see the celebration of our union with Christ replaced by the age-old attractions of power and affluence, or by monastic retreats into ritual, liturgy, and sacrament. The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service. Yet postmodernisms response is dangerous in another way: its most strident voices insist that claims to objective truth be replaced by a more humbly tolerant and inclusively diverse subjective pluralisma pluralism often mired in a swamp that cannot allow any firm ground for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. Such a stance has no place for truth that corresponds to reality, but merely an array of subjectively shaped truths. The practical evidence of this is that our local churches increasingly welcome and embrace people of all races and cultures. The church is the body of Christ, the apple of his eye, graven on his hands, and he has pledged himself to her forever. The Fall We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessednessfor himself and all his progenyby falling into sin through Satans temptation. We hope to draw highly secular and postmodern people, as well as reaching religious and traditional people. Helping people take their next step toward Christtogether. They will emphasize repentance, personal renewal, and holiness of life. Gods New People We believe that Gods new covenant people have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem; they are already seated with Christ in the heavenlies. 3. The church serves as a sign of Gods future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. In Gods wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. There is a fastgrowing charismatic movement with emphasis on glorious, passionate, corporate worship. We believe in the bodily resur- rection of both the just and the unjustthe unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration.
Because the gospel calls us to holiness, the people of God live in loving bonds of mutual accountability and discipline. It exists in the genres of narrative, metaphor, and poetry which are not exhaustively distillable into doctrinal propositions, yet they convey Gods will and mind to us so as to change us into his likeness. Revelation God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word. While TGC does its best to validate each entry, TGC cannot guarantee the actual health of these churches as they are self-regulated. You will find attached both our Confessional Statement and our Theological Vision for Ministrya vision rooted in the Scriptures and centered on the gospel. The cross is seen mainly as an example of sacrificial service and a defeat of worldly powers rather than substitution and propitiation for our sins. To read across the whole Bible is to collect its declarations, summons, promises, and truthclaims into categories of thought (e.g., theology, Christology, eschatology) and arrive at a coherent understanding of what it teaches summarily (e.g., Luke 24:4647).