What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! You’ll discover that our passion is to provide a place where people just like you can have a life-changing experience with God. At City View Church, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. We are a multi-cultural, life-giving church that has a strong relational emphasis because we believe that transformation happens best in the context of healthy, God-first relationships.
Life is the constant process of expressing and extending worship. Every thought, every word, every desire, and every deed involves the ascribing of infinite weight and worth or value—or, GLORY. Everything we do is an expression of our allegiance, whether it be to our Creator or to His creation. It is God alone however, who is worthy of this worship.
Worship is related to every area of our lives. We are called to eat, drink, speak, think, and work to the glory of God. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV). Since God claims authority over every aspect of our lives, worship cannot be narrowed down to a particular time, place, activity, or event. There are no neutral desires or deeds; everything is an expression of worship.
Our worship of God should then move us to live our lives on mission. In perhaps the most famous passage on mission, Jesus issues the Great Commission for His Church, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV). In his book Multiply, Francis Chan says, “From the beginning of Christianity, the natural flow of being a disciple has always been to make disciples of Jesus.” When Jesus called His first disciples in Mark 1:17 He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” We are to become better disciples through love for God and love for others by equipping and empowering others to do the same. We are called to live on mission by extending The Gospel of life to a dead world.
We believe in the Trinity—that is, we worship a triune God, who has eternally existed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In identifying the tri-unity of God, we recognize that God is communal. He has forever existed in perfect community inside of Himself. We also believe that we bear the image of God. In bearing the image of God, mankind is called to reflect this reality of being communal.
Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, this relationship is in no way individual or private. The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. We were made for community—or, relationship with God and with each other. The local church is not merely a place that we attend but a people to whom we belong. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 the Bible calls us the members of the body, with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people. Gospel-centered community is a radical call in a culture where attendance and casual involvement are the norm. It involves mutual love, care, consistency, and authenticity as we seek to worship the person and work of Christ with our lives.
We believe the best way for us to express true community is through small groups. These groups and the people in them are far from perfect, and those who participate in them will find them messy at times. However, our hope is that group members will be radically committed to the gospel and to one another. This takes time, prayer, effort, patience, love, trust, and hope.
We believe that the local church and its community of believers is the solution to the problems of the world today. We are motivated by the reconciling work of God as we seek to extend His grace and mercy to others for His glory and not our own. This is an expression of love and stewardship of grace marked by humility, generosity, and hospitality, and empowered by a passion for the glory of God.
In John 13:1-20, we read the account of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. This was no regular rabbinical task, but was instead reserved for the lowest of all servants. Here was the anointed King, the eternal Son of God, the blessed Lord, doing the inconceivable. By humbly cleansing the feet of His disciples, Jesus gave an abiding example of service and issued a command for us to follow in His steps. We were saved that we might now serve.
Service can and should be pursued in various ways by all recipients of the wonderful grace of Jesus. Those who have been impacted by the gospel have countless opportunities—both formal and informal—to serve others by greeting at the doors of the church, volunteering in one of our Next Generation ministries, teaching, giving financially to the needs of others, community service, opening their homes to their neighbors, etc.
The Old Testament tells of Jerusalem and a call to action for its people in what is commonly referred to as the Nehemiah principle. This once great city of honor, the “Holy City,” was destroyed and left unprotected with broken walls and gates. God called His servant Nehemiah to lead the people to rebuild their own walls, caring for and taking responsibility for their community. Nehemiah’s call still rings true for us today. We see need all around us and seek to stand in the gap, rebuilding the families and communities around us.