EVERY CHURCH HAS A CULTURE.

Every church has a feel, an ethos that goes beyond a mission statement or a set of doctrinal beliefs. We refer to this as a church’s DNA – the deeply embedded code that gets expressed in everything a church says and does. We seek to describe Coram Deo’s DNA in five convictional statements:

GOD IS PRIMARY.

God is the foundational reality in the universe; the starting point for everything else. The deepest longings of the human soul can only be satisfied when we delight in God's supremacy and rest in His sovereign grace. {Isaiah 48:11; Romans 11:33-36}

THE GOSPEL CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Through union with Jesus, we can be restored from our fallen condition into right relationship with God and others. The gospel transforms not only individuals, but also churches, societies, and culture at large. It is not just a gate we pass through one time, but a path of ongoing renewal and repentance that we are to walk each day of our lives. {Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18-24}

THE CHURCH EXISTS FOR MISSION, NOT COMFORT.

Jesus commissioned his disciples to take the good news of His kingdom to everyone who would listen. The church is God’s called-and-sent people, living on mission in the world by proclaiming his gospel and living for his glory. {Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Peter 2:9}

THE CHURCH MUST ENGAGE CULTURE.

God’s people must live an incarnational existence - living on mission with Jesus in our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our spheres of influence. The church is not to withdraw from culture, but to be a transforming influence in culture for the glory of God. {Mark 2:15-17; Acts 17:16-32}

STRUCTURE SUBMITS TO SPIRIT.

Jesus governs His church through His Word and His Spirit. Therefore, we are committed to living prayerfully and reflectively, with an active dependence on the Holy Spirit. {John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14}