OUR BELIEFS

OUR BELIEFS

The Gospel

Creation: God and Humanity


Fall: Sin and our Alienation


Redemption: Christ and our Atonement


Restoration: Faith and the Kingdom

By believing the Gospel, you are brought into a new community (1 Corinthians 12:13). In the church, gospel-changed Christians now slowly become freed from the inner slavery and the social exclusion that marked their lives before. The church is where Christians with transformed identities begin to live out (partially, but significantly) the changed economic, social, racial, and family relationships that will mark the future kingdom of God, when Christ comes to completely heal all the alienation in the world and renew the whole earth. The church becomes the 'sign of the kingdom' for a broken world.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy (universal) church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe one holy (universal) and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Evangelical Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Why Culture?

Every organization has a culture/ethos. It’s a way of doing things. At JCT, we want to make sure that the culture of our church is very clear. In order to keep our culture from becoming watered down, we have clear cultural distinctive that we want to keep at the center of everything we do. You will see these working no matter the parish you attend. Our heart is to live out (become practitioners of) each of these.

 

 

Our distinctives are as follows:

Culture Of Pursuit

We long to be a community of people that daily pursue
an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father.

 

"To have found God and yet still pursue Him is the soul's paradox of love."
+A.W. Tozer

Culture Of Grace

We desire to be a community of people that live by the grace of Jesus Christ,
to show others the same grace that Jesus has shown us,
and to teach grace as the only way we can really change.

 

"Faith speaks in an entirely different manner and makes a man say,
'Yes, I have sinned grievously. I have lived a life of sin, yet I know that I am a child of God,
because I am not resting on righteousness of my own. My righteousness is in Jesus Christ and God has put that to my account.'”
+ Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones

Culture Of Renewal

We long to seek the renewal of our neighborhoods as we see God’s Kingdom come in Tampa as it is in Heaven. 

 

"May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
+ Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:10)

Culture Of Family

We aim to be a community of people that practice what it means to do Church as Family; standing beside one another through the joys and complexities that make up our daily lives, resolving conflict, and joining in celebration with one another as true brothers and sisters in our Heavenly Father.

 

"Long-term interpersonal relationships are the crucible of genuine progress in the Christian life."
+ Joseph Hellerman “When the Church Was a Family”

Culture Of Presence

We desire to be a community of people marked by the presence of the Holy Spirit, both in our daily lives, and our corporate gatherings. 

"One glimpse of Jesus can do more than a lifetime of human effort."
+ Terry Teykl

Culture Of Generosity

We long to be a community of people Living lives of holistic generosity in our time, talents and treasure, following the example set forth by Jesus who gave himself completely on our behalf.

 

"A lack of generosity refuses to acknowledge that your assets are not really yours, but God's."
+ Tim Keller