We believe that everything is moving towards the exaltation of Jesus Christ; that God has planned all of history and purposed every action to this end: that Jesus Christ would be supremely glorified. The Book of Revelation paints a picture of a king’s courtyard, in which countless people from countless nations with countless languages dwell together singing one refrain: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
Through the prophet Isaiah God says, “I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning…I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” The word he intends to accomplish is this: “I will put my salvation in Zion.”
Paul reveals that this “salvation” has been brought to pass in the person and work of Jesus Christ. For, “in him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” Thus, Jesus is the ends as well as the means to those ends. He is both the destination and the vessel that carries us there, in that even the faith that we express is wrought in an individual by the work of the Holy Spirit.
What is the result of this gospel? Many would be brought into Christ’s kingdom. To the Christians in Colossae Paul explains that through Jesus’ death and resurrection the Father “has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son, in whom we have redemption” (Colossians 1:13-14).
And this son’s kingdom is manifest in both community and mission. God’s people belong both to him as well as to each other. And in their belonging to one another, they embrace the purpose of the kingdom together, which is to make more disciples who then enter into the king’s community and mission.
This summary of our theology was derived from the Cities Church Elder Affirmation of Faith, which we affirm without reservations.