"Christian unity, the unity of the church, is a relational unity of a particular people who have come to share a common faith in some doctrinal realities." - Rex Koivisto
"In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love." - Augustine
THE SCRIPTURES //
We believe in the inspiration of the entire OT and NT, meaning that the words convey God's intended message. We believe the Word of God to be trustworthy and reliable in all it asserts and affirms.
We believe there is ONE God who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe He is the sovereign creator and sustainer of the universe who is omnipotent, omniscient, infinite, and ever-present. He is perfect and therefore immutable, and He is dependent on nothing.
JESUS CHRIST //
We believe Jesus Christ was both fully man and fully God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles while proclaiming the arrival of the Kingdom of God. We believe He suffered and was crucified as a substitutionary and atoning sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins, was raised from the dead on the third day, was seen by hundreds of witnesses and publicly ascended to the right hand of God the Father where we eagerly await His return when he will judge the living and the dead.
HOLY SPIRIT //
We believe the Holy Spirit takes up residence and works in each Christ follower, bringing both conviction and transformation that enables them to produce and reflect the fruit of the Spirit, of which the greatest is love. We believe He is the great intercessor and gift-giver for Christ followers.
We believe God created both male and female in His image. Humanity was designed for relationship with God and one another, but sin has marred the image of God in humankind. Therefore, without the work of Jesus Christ and the transformation enabled by the Spirit, humanity is forever separated from God because of sin. We believe there is nothing humanity can do to restore this relationship.
We believe that salvation is available to all because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All those who have faith in Christ are credited with His righteousness and rescued from the penalty of sin. This is called justification. Through cooperation with the Holy Spirit, those who believe are shaped into the image of Christ through a process called sanctification. Finally, those who are in Christ expectantly await His return so they may be freed of the presence of sin and suffering in glorification.
THE CHURCH //
We believe the Church is a missional community unified under Christ's headship, constantly growing through the direction and power of the Holy Spirit, that worships, fellowships, and learns together, continually spreading the Kingdom of God by their love for God and one another. Because the church is a missional community, we believe every person has a significant role to play and cannot be idle or indifferent towards the local church. We not only encourage, but endeavor to see every person attending PHOENIX/ONE involved in one, specific local faith community.
We believe in the spiritual unity of Christ followers and that Jesus' prayer for unity among "those who believe" in John 17:23 is essential for the fulfillment of the mission of the Church given by Jesus in Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:19-20. We believe that without visible elements of unity, the Church's influence in the world, and in our nation, is not what it could or should be.
EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP //
Because PHOENIX/ONE is the ministry of several local churches in Phoenix, we encourage discipleship to take place in the context of a local faith community. CITY/ONE Network serves as an evangelistic and equipping outreach which shares the Gospel in a meaningful and contextualized way for those in their 20's and 30's with the goal of connecting them to a biblically functioning community for on-going discipleship. We believe in the growth of the church through multiplication, not merely addition, and we strive to encourage the discipleship process in the context of the local church.
NOTE: PHEONIX/ONE DEEPLY VALUES THE RICH FAITH TRADITIONS AND DENOMINATIONAL DISTINCTIONS FOUND AMONG THE BODY OF CHRIST. WE SEEK TO FACILITATE COLLABORATION AMONG LOCAL CHURCHES AROUND THE HISTORICALLY ACCEPTED DOCTORIAL REALITIES FOUND WITHIN THE ANCIENT CREEDS (APOSTLES AND NICENE) AS WELL AS A COMMON FAITH IN THE DOCTRINAL REALITIES LISTED BELOW.