We affirm the historic truths of the Christian faith.
Truth and love
At King’s Cross Church, our posture is one of truth and love.
Truth without love is harsh and seeks to win the argument at the expense of the other person. Love without truth is blind sentimentality in which reality is often ignored. We can’t divorce the one from the other—we need both. In an increasingly polarizing culture, it takes courage to listen thoughtfully while at the same time standing firm in beliefs.
The Truths We Affirm
We are all about the good news of Jesus (the gospel).
But in order for us to fully understand what that means, we must answer the questions, Who is Jesus?, What must we believe about him?, and What is his good news? For this reason, we embrace some historic creeds and confessions as faithful summaries of the Bible’s most essential teachings subordinate to Scripture. Through these confessional standards, we are seeking not only to bring clarity to the convictions we teach but also to demonstrate our common heritage with the church throughout the ages (2 Tim 1:13).
We affirm the creeds of the early church (Apostles’ and Nicene) along with the Second London Confession of 1689. As part of a broader movement of gospel-centered missional churches, we also affirm The Gospel Coalition Confessional Statement. For a helpful Q&A format of our core beliefs, see the New City Catechism.
OUR BELIEFS In summary…
- We believe God spoke and is speaking, that God communicated consistently to his people throughout history, and that this communication is recorded without error in the literature we call the Bible. It contains everything we need to know about having a right relationship with God and our fellow human beings.
- We believe God is both real and personal (not an impersonal force). There is only one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things. He is all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-good. Because of God, life has meaning and purpose.
- We believe God has revealed himself in Scripture as Tri-une (three in one)—namely the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
- We believe every human is created in the image of God. No matter how messed up we are, there is something good, true, and beautiful and, therefore, valuable about everyone. Thus, everyone deserves our dignity, honor, love, and respect, not because of who they are or what they do, but by sheer virtue of being human.
- We believe that in their quest for independence and the centrality of self, all people begin their lives alienated from God, and in this condition are without hope and under judgment, a condition that can only be cured through God’s loving, gracious, and saving intervention. Because we are depraved creatues, shame, loneliness, addiction, evil, and every kind of pain begins in the heart and creeps outward. Since we are made in the image of God, we are most alive when our trust, affections and allegiances are re-centered on him.
- We believe God was and is encountered in Jesus Christ, who is both fully God and fully human. He is the sole Mediator able to restore the broken relationship, and the resulting alienation, between God and people. As humanity’s Champion, he faced evil in its fullest form for us on the cross. By letting it crush him, he broke its power. Now, through his resurrection he brings a living hope that one day evil will be vanquished completely.
- We believe in the reality and power of grace. Though we are worse than we could possibly fathom, because of Jesus Christ, we are more loved than we could ever wrap our minds around. We call this the gospel.
- We believe the Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Trinity. He is alive and active. He indwells followers of Christ, working in unison with the Word of God to guide them in all truth. He is the power that enables Christians to live as new creations in Christ and empowers believers for service.
- We believe restoration between God and people (also called ‘salvation’) happens when the Holy Spirit gives people a new heart, leading and enabling them to trust in Jesus alone for salvation. Because God loves his creation, he will also restore the entire universe to a condition of beauty, rest, joy, perfection, and freedom. God’s world, which began as a promising Garden, will find its fulfillment in a perfected, life-giving City in which there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain.
- We believe the Church is the heart of Christian community. The Church doesn’t save, but functions as our adoptive spiritual family and the primary and essential means by which we experience his grace through relationship. God wants all members of his worldwide Church to be active in a local church which meets regularly to worship God, serve each other, and be a life-giving presence in their local community and world.
- We believe good works do not and cannot make us acceptable to God, but are the natural outcome of authentic faith in Jesus. We become more fully human—the very best and most healthy version of ourselves—to the degree that we follow God’s loving commands. His commands, properly understood, are neither limiting nor oppressive but life-giving and, as such, are an essential prerequisite for true human flourishing.
- We believe that confessions of faith like the Second London Confession (1689) and The Confessional Statement of The Gospel Coalition (2005), while unavoidably imperfect documents subordinate to Scripture, are still helpful and reliable summaries of biblical, historic Christian teachings.
Questions about Christianity?
If you have questions about Christianity, the Bible, or what it means to follow Jesus, we’d love to hear from you! We value honest inquiries, and no question is off limits. Seriously. Just shoot us an email, and someone from our team will get back to you.