MISSION & VISION

Moving People Closer to Jesus

MISSION

The City Church exists to move people closer to JESUS.

We firmly believe that whether you've been a Christian for twenty minutes or twenty years, God has more in store for us. We invite you to join our church family where, together, we are moving closer to Jesus.

VISION

We see ourselves as a life giving church family that intentionally loves the City and is committed to growth.

VALUES

People: Our Purpose

We believe our purpose is to be known for loving people because God loves all people. Therefore, we are committed to being a conduit of God’s outrageous, redeeming, sacrificial love. 

The City: Our Responsibility

We believe that God has strategically positioned The City Church to move people in our area closer to Jesus. God wants to use the Church to preach the good news and be a living example of His love to others. 

Growth: Our Commitment

Jesus doesn’t call us to just be Christians in name only, instead He calls each person to be a disciple. We are committed to growing in our personal relationship with Him and knowing Him more. 

Community: Our Connection

We are designed to live out the teachings of Jesus in the context of life- giving relationships. Strength in our relationships contribute to the strength of our community. We intentionally love, support and encourage each other.

Serving: Our Calling

Jesus is our greatest example, so we believe that service is the highest call. We use our gifting, time and efforts to serve one another. We believe that anyone can be great, because anyone can serve. 

Passion: Our Response

Passion is how we choose to respond to what Jesus has done in our lives, therefore, Church should be enjoyed, not endured. We lead ourselves and others when we are passionately involved in all that God is doing in the Church. 

Generosity: Our Privilege

We are privileged to be generous because God has been generous to us. We are gladly generous with our time, talent and treasure. 

Generations: Our Legacy

We honour what each generation contributes to the family of God. We are committed to creating avenues for people of every age to move closer to Jesus. 

Excellence: Our Standard

We believe that God deserves our best and that people are worth our effort, energy and enthusiasm. We are passionate about creating excellent environments and experiences for people to encounter God and move closer to Jesus. 

The Big C Church: Our Family

We are a local church that is part of the larger body of Christ in Canada and around the world. We believe that other churches in our city are partners not competitors. The Big C church is our family whom we love and support. 

Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

The entire Bible is the inspired word of God and that men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the words of scripture. The Bible is therefore without error (inerrant) in its original manuscripts. The Bible is the sole and final authority for faith and life providing encouragement, guidance, comfort and instruction for training in right living.

2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

God

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons (Trinity): Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal.

Deut. 6:4; Isa 9:6; Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; John 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb.3:7-11

God The Father

God the Father is the eternal, unchanging, all powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, all-loving, completely just and perfectly holy, sovereign ruler and sustainer of the universe. He is the Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and Father of all true believers.

Gen. 1:1; Eph. 4:; John 1:12-13; John 5:19-21; John 17: 1-5; Isa 40:21-28; Isa 43:10-13; Isa 46:8-11; Rom 8:14-16

God The Son

Jesus Christ is God the Son. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons (Trinity): Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal.

Deut. 6:4; Isa 9:6; Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; John 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb.3:7-11

God The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit came into the world on the day of Pentecost to glorify Christ and enable men and women to appropriate salvation won for us by Jesus Christ and to be witnesses. The Holy Spirit is the primary agent for the conviction of sin and imparts new life into the believer by permanently indwelling him. The Holy Spirit fills, directs those believers who are yielded to him; enables him to live a life free from sin’s dominion.

The Holy Spirit also gives spiritual gifts to the believers for the purpose of edifying himself and others in accordance with the teaching of scripture.

1 Cor 13:8; 1 Cor 14:22; John 16:7-8; 1 Cor 6:19; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 1:13-14, Eph 4:30, Gal 5:16-17; Gal 35:22-23; Rom 8:5-13; 1 Pet 4:10-11; Rom 12:3-8; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:1-4, 17, 38-39; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:38, 44-47; Acts 11:15-17; Acts 19:1-6; 1 Cor 12:1-31; 1 Cor 14:1-40; 1 Pet. 4:10

Man

Man was created in the image of God by a direct act of God and did not come into being as a result of evolution. Man was created to glorify God, worship and serve him and have fellowship with him. Man fell through sin by disobeying God, thus incurring both physical and spiritual death, which alienated him from God.

Man’s nature was thus corrupted so he is totally incapable of saving himself and coming back into right relationship with God by his own merits of effort. Salvation therefore is a gift from God thru faith in Jesus Christ; his death, burial, and resurrection on our behalf and this gospel is the power of God for man’s Salvation when he accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

Eph 1:7, 13-14; John 1:12-13, John 3:1-7; John 14-16; 2 Cor 5:17, Rom 1:16; Rom 10:9-10; Eph 2:8-10; Rom 8:14-17; Rom 31-39; John 10:27-29; Rom 14:6; Acts 26:20; 1 Pet 1:3-5; Gal 2:16; Titus 3:5; Acts 16:31; Heb 9:22; John 6:44-45; Matt 19:28; John 6:44, 65; Acts 2:21; Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9

Sanctification

Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s word (The Bible) and the Holy Spirit in order to fashion our lives in the character of Jesus Christ and live a consistent Godly life.

1 Thes 4:3, 5:23; 2 Cor 3:18, 6:14-18; 2 Thes 2:1-3; Rom 8:29; 12:1-2; Heb 2:11; Acts 2:21, 3:19; 1 John 1:9

The Church

The church represents the Body of Christ in the Earth whose members are those who have truly received Christ by faith. The local church is a tangible expression of the body of Christ in a particular location. The purpose of the church is to make Christ known, to make disciples, to train believers, and to glorify God on Earth.

Eph 1:22; Eph 2:19-22; Heb. 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:12-17; Eph 4:12-16; Matt 28: 18-20; Col 1:24-29

Water Baptism

Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48 

Communion

A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice
on the Cross. 

Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25 

Marriage

We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman, instituted by and publicly entered into before God.

Matthew 19:4-6, Genesis 2:24, Ephesians 5:31 

God's Provision

It is the Father God’s will for believers to be whole, healthy, and successful in all areas of life. Believers are encouraged to seek the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to serve others.

Spiritual

John 3:3-11; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Rom 10:9-10

Mental and Emotional 

2 Tim 1-7; 2 Tim 2:11; Phil 4:7-8; Rom 12:2; Isa 26:3

Physical (Health and Healing)

Isa 53:4-5; Matt 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24; Ps 103:2-3; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Cor 12:9; Rom 11:29

Financial 

Joshua 1:8; Mal 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor 9:6-10; Deut. 28:1-14; Ps 34:10; Ps 84:11; Phil 4:19

Heaven

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Matt 5:3, 12, 20; Matt 6:20; Matt 19:21; Matt 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Cor 5:1; Heb 11:16; 1 Pet 1:4

Hell

After living life on Earth, the unbeliever will be judged by God and sent to hell where they will be eternally separated from God.

Matt 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Heb 9:27; Rev 14:9-11; Rev 20:12-15; Rev 21:8

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to Earth for the second time to establish his kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the scriptures. 

Matt 24:30; Matt 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thes 4:15-17; 2 Thes 1:7-8

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