City Chapel Convictions

Thanks for visiting our website. We’d like you to know a few things about City Chapel even if this is your first experience with us.  It is no secret that we’re about discipleship, as we encourage people to become passionate Christ-followers in our City. From God’s Word it’s clear that this is the mission He gave the church. Our heart is about the quality of disciples and not the quantity.  However, we do desire to see both increase as the Lord moves and blesses our work.

As a family journeying in faith together, we agree and share that the focus of our ministry is to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37–39) because of the Great Exchange (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is fulfilled as disciples of Jesus Christ are made. God is glorified as we manifest His presence in doing so (2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Corinthians 10:31). For more information about City Chapel's heart and focus, please spend a little time reading and bouncing around the site. 

The Great Commission The Great Commission - Sharing

In the Great Commission, Jesus calls every Christian to step out in faith and spread the Good News. This is faith in action! We are called to obey this command and change lives forever. It could be spreading the Good News to a neighbour, spreading the Word in a city or town, or moving to another country to reach the people there. Wherever we go, every faithful Christian is compelled through obedience to share the Gospel. City Chapel takes small and large steps "to make disciples of all the nations”.

The Great Commandment - Loving

The Great Commandment

Loving God means honouring Him, revering Him, and paying close attention to His desires as expressed in the Bible.  Jesus added something more to the greatest Commandment: "And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:39 ESV).  In the book of First John, the connection is explicit: "We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.  And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother." (1 John 4:19-21 ESV).

Loving God empowers us to love other people. The focus on love helps us not to settle for a minimum concern for our neighbours, but to reach out to them.  Love helps us to understand the real thrust of the commandments, and to give us concern for actual obedience, not merely listening. Jesus loved us perfectly and gave Himself for us (Galatians 2:20).  He saved us when none of us could save ourselves (Romans 5:6-10).  And now, when we put our trust in Him, we are united to Him, and we are transformed so that we can imitate the pattern of His love: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV).  Through Jesus Christ we receive not only understanding of God's will, but power and motivation to serve Him. In receiving His love, we can, in turn, love others and this drives our passion for the Great Commission.

The Great ExchangeThe Great Exchange - The Good News

"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV). Martin Luther called it the Great Exchange, and at City Chapel it’s the hub on our wheel of ministry.  Paul here is echoing Luke and they’re both echoing Jesus regarding the work Jesus would do for those who trust in Him. Jesus, who is righteous and knew no sin, became our sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. In theological land, we call this double imputation. My sin goes to Jesus, Jesus’ righteousness comes to me. This is really good news; we really get excited about the work Jesus did for us and we really like teaching about this work at City Chapel. Without the Great Exchange, the Great Commission and Commandment have no power!

City Chapel Is Distinctly Committed to:

  • Bold, expository, application-oriented preaching
  • Holistic worship, without compromise in living
  • Quality discipleship, not a quantity of disciples
  • Thriving small group ministry
  • Elder-led church government
  • Church-planting churches
  • Complementary roles
  • Biblical soul care
  • Truth
  • Love

Distinctives

Plurality Of Elders

The Scriptures teach that a plurality of elders governed individual New Testament churches (Acts 14:23; Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5; Philippians 1:1). The Scripture does not mention any congregations featuring a stand-alone pastor and leader. A plurality of godly elders, exercising their individual gifts, accords with the Scripture's teaching that wisdom is found in a multitude of godly counselors (Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 24:6). This truth does not eliminate the possibility, and likelihood, that one or more elders will stand out from the others as more public in their ministries or more influential in their workings on the Elder Board.

Confession Of Faith

City Chapel loves the confessional history of Christ's Church. As such, we align ourselves with written confessions of faith and creeds that we believe to be good and accurate summaries of the Bible's teaching. Some of these confessional standards and creeds include the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms, Three Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Heidelberg Catechism), the London Baptist Confession, Apostles Creed, Athanasian Creed and the Nicene Creed. Our eldership affirms that these standards contain carefully worded summaries of the contents of sacred Scripture and that these standards are subordinate to the Scriptures.

The Four Pillars Built On The Word of God

  1. Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word (2 Timothy 4:2)
  2. Praising the name of Jesus in worship (John 4:24)
  3. Believing firmly in the power of prayer (Ephesians 6:18)
  4. Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with boldness (Ephesians 6:19-20)

Statement Of Faith

  1. God. We believe in one (Deut. 6:4) eternal (1 Tim. 1:17), knowable (Heb. 1:1ff), sovereign God (Dan. 4:34-35). He knows all things (Psalm 139:1-4), and providentially oversees all things (Mt. 10:29-31).  He is merciful (Exod. 34:6) and just (Acts 17:31), loving (1 John 4:8) and holy (Rev. 4:8), great in power (Psalm 147:5) and good in purpose (Rom. 8:28).  His glory is our chief concern (1 Cor. 10:31).
  2. Trinity. We believe in one God who exists in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19). All Three are uncreated, coeternal, and equal in power, glory, and honor.  They are rightly worshiped as the One true God–Three in One, and One in Three (see Rev. 22:13; Acts 5:3-4).
  3. Scripture. We believe, that while God has revealed Himself in His creation, He has spoken to us most clearly in His Word (Psalm 19; Rom. 1:18-20).  The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are breathed out by God, holy, complete, and entirely without error in the original manuscripts (2 Tim. 3:16; John 10:35; 2 Peter 1:20-21).  The Bible is our final authority in life, doctrine, and godliness (Mt. 4:4; 2 Peter 1:3-4).
  4. Creation. We believe God created the entire universe out of nothing (Gen. 1:1; Heb. 11:3).  Man and woman were the crown of God’s good creation, being created in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27).  As image-bearers, we were created to worship God and reflect Him in true knowledge, righteousness, and holiness (Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10).
  5. Fall. We believe that Adam and Eve, our first parents, rebelled against God and plunged themselves and all their offspring into ruin (Gen. 3).  Because of Adam’s sin, we are all guilty sinners (Rom. 5:12-21).  We come into the world with corrupt natures through and through (Psalm 51:5).  We are unable to turn to God unless He first turns to us (John 6:44; Rom. 3:10-18; Eph. 2:1-5).
  6. Person of Jesus Christ.  We believe Jesus of Nazareth was and is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One.  We believe He is also the Son of the Living God (Mt. 16:16).  He is fully man and fully God (1 Tim 2:5;Titus 2:13).  He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life, taught the way of God’s kingdom, worked miracles, suffered, died, and (bodily) rose again (1 Cor. 15:1-8).
  7. Work of Jesus Christ.  We believe Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and died a shameful death that we might be counted righteous and forgiven of our sins (2 Cor. 5:21).  He was our sacrificial substitute (1 Peter 3:18).  He redeemed us from the devil, removed our guilt, and absorbed the wrath of God (1 John 1:8-2:2).
  8. Salvation. We believe that we are justified–declared righteous before God–through faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone (Gal. 2:16).  The only way to be adopted into God’s family is through union and communion with His Son, Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:5).
  9. Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit, working through the Word, supernaturally converts (regenerates) the hearts of God’s people by making alive what was spiritually dead (Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:23).  The Spirit causes us to grow in holiness (2 Cor. 3:18), seals us for the day of redemption that we might be assured of our salvation (Eph. 1:13-14), and equips us with spiritual gifts for the building up of the body (1 Cor. 12:7).
  10. Church.  We believe the Church is the communion of God’s people drawn from every tribe, language, people, and nation (Eph. 2:11-22; Rev. 5:9-10).  This invisible body, of which Christ Jesus is the head, exists locally, and imperfectly, as the visible Church.  Jesus Christ has given His Church two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Mt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).
  11. Marks and Mission.  We believe God’s people should be marked by Christ-likeness (Eph. 5:1-2), prayerfulness (Rom. 12:12), joyful obedience (John 14:15), love of God and love of neighbor (Mt. 22:37-40).  We believe the mission of the Church is one of word and deed (1 Peter 4:11).  As salt and light (Mt. 5:13-16), we seek to save the lost (1 Cor. 9:19-23), make disciples (Mt. 28:19-20), work for righteousness and justice (Amos 5:24), and care for the hurting and needy (1 John 3:16-18).
  12. Last Things. We believe Jesus Christ will return to earth personally, visibly, and bodily as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Acts 1:11).  At His appearing the dead shall be raised and the living and the dead will be judged (1 Cor. 15).  The wicked and unbelieving will be consigned to hell, a place of eternal conscious punishment (Rev. 20:10, 14-15).  Those belonging to Jesus will have eternal life in the new heavens and the new earth and live in ever-increasing joy to the glory of God (Mt. 25:21; Rev. 21-22).

Acts 29 Church Planting Network 

The Elders of City Chapel are pleased to announce that City Chapel leaders are currently involved in the assessment process with Acts 29 Church Planting Network. We are very excited about our prospective partnership with Acts 29, as we are encouraged that we align so well with them doctrinally. As the leaders of City Chapel, we strive to adhere to biblical standards and serve and support the body of Christ. We have been seeking a like-minded network with which we can be affiliated, and we are pleased with the prospect of partnering with Acts 29. We pray that the process of assessment with them would continue to encourage, strengthen and challenge those involved to grow deeper in biblical understanding in order to love and serve the body of Christ. It is our hope that, through our partnership with Acts 29, we will be participating in planting new churches, both regionally and globally, and seeing more people come to know Jesus Christ as Saviour and come under biblical discipleship.

In November of 2017 representatives from the Elders and Deacons met in Calgary, along with other Alberta Pastors to have a table talk time with Dwight Bernier, Network Director for Acts 29 Canada.  It was a timely meeting in City Chapel’s journey and since then the leadership has been taking steps to join the Acts 29 Network. 

The first step required was an assessment of the Teaching Elder/Lead Pastor and his wife.  Shane has been diligent in working through the requirements for phase 1 of the assessment.  Phase 2 required the eldership to have a video call with an Acts 29 coordinator, and that was completed on March 12th, 2018.  Phase 3 will take place mid-late May in Calgary and involve both Shane and Nicole participating in a two-day assessment in person.  Phase 4 will involve the assessment team giving their verdict and advising us on the next steps.

Dwight invited Shane to attend the Acts 29 International Conference the first part of May 2018, in Belgrade, Serbia.  The leadership is happy to announce that individuals from City Chapel have stepped forward to cover the cost of this conference with a very sacrificial and generous gift of $3000.00.  This gift has greatly encouraged the Leadership as we move forward.

Thank you for supporting and encouraging us as leaders.  Please keep us and the unfolding process in your prayers.

The elders of City Chapel are excited about this association, and the integrity of the leadership of the Acts 29 Network.  We would encourage you to read up on the Network and check out some of the links that have been provided.

Take a look at the annual report provided by Acts 29.  It has a lot of information and might help answer questions about the Network.

Acts 29 Annual Report: www.acts29.com/annualreport2018/

Acts 29 Organization: www.acts29.com/about/

Acts 29 Canada: www.acts29.com/network/canada/

Acts 29 International Conference: www.acts29.com/electexiles/