Our Three Core Values:
Life, Liberty and Love.

These three values undergird all that we do as a church. That's because we believe that these three simple words paint an accurate picture of our new-found identity. This is who we are. "Life, Liberty and Love" is more to us than just a slogan - it's a rallying cry that is leading us on a lifelong adventure unlike any other, and it's the message that we carry with us as we go about our daily lives.

  • Life

    Jesus said about his followers, "I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance." We believe that there's life to be found in what Jesus has done for us and what his words teach us. Abundant life - not just the same cold, stale existence that's been repackaged and reheated. No, this is a rich, fresh way of living in part of a story that's much bigger than our own and abounding with vitality and purpose. Because we've tasted the joy of living this different quality of life with Jesus, we want others to have the same opportunity.

  • Liberty

    The message Jesus came to deliver is a message of freedom. The book of Galatians says, "For freedom, Christ set us free." In other words, Jesus did what he did so that we could be really, truly free. And this freedom goes further than escaping the consequences of eternal punishment for sin after we die. This real, tangible freedom can be ours in the here and now. Whatever has you trapped or imprisoned - addictions, abuses, fears and disappointments, past failures and mistakes you've made - we believe that there's real freedom from these things for you! As a church family, we have the joy of helping one another live in this freedom and together finding liberation from our brokenness.

  • Love

    When we gain abundant life and experience true freedom, the natural result is that our hearts are inclined to start loving things other than ourselves. We find we have the capacity to thankfully obey the God who has made us newly alive and freed us. We find love not just for our neighbors, but also for our enemies. Because we are fundamentally different people than we used to be, we now have the capacity for an other-oriented love that we were previously incapable of. Because of this, we live life together as a family, loving and serving one another and those in our spheres of influence, extending to anyone and everyone the invitation to come and share in this life, liberty and love that we have found.

In short, We're a family living in freedom and offering it to others.

OUR BELIEFS SUMMARIZEd:

One Big Story and Five Solas

Declaration City Church stands squarely in the historical stream of orthodox Christian belief. In order to make our beliefs as accessible as possible for those who might not have a church background or who might currently be part of a different tradition, we've chosen to summarize them on our website in the form of one big story and five solas. There's one, grand, overarching narrative in the Bible and by briefly looking at that four-part story, we can effectively summarize the majority of our beliefs. The "five solas" are five slogans that arose out of the Protestant Reformation. We believe that they serve as helpful categories to help us understand some key distinctives of our faith.

We have shared the four parts of the big story and the five solas below. If you're still curious or you'd like to read a more in-depth explanation of our beliefs, you can find that here or feel free to contact us. We'll do our best to answer any questions you might have.

Everything was perfect.

There is only one God. This immaterial, transcendent God exists eternally as three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), each having distinct personality yet each being in the fullest sense God. He is perfectly good, complete and infinite in all of his attributes. This God created and now sustains the universe in all of its diversity. As its Creator, he is also its Ruler. He has every right over his Creation and is deserving of our gratitude, love, and obedience.


As part of this Creation, God created the first male and female humans, Adam and Eve. In their original state, they existed in perfect, blissful, interpersonal relationship with God. God created them in his image, meaning that they could freely will, choose, act, love, create and worship before him. This fact made them unique among all creation. God placed them in a lush garden full of all types of plants and fruit for them to eat, and gave them the job of managing the Earth that he had created.

We screwed it up.

God knew that the only good way for humanity to exist was in a state of perpetual, loving obedience toward him. Therefore, he gave them one rule to follow. He told them not to eat the fruit of the tree that was in the middle of the garden in which he had placed them and he warned them that if they did, they would die.


Satan wanted to destroy this perfect relationship with God that Adam and Eve enjoyed, so he lied to them and encouraged them to eat the fruit that God had prohibited. Following Satan's word instead of God’s, Adam and Eve chose to distrust and disobey God and together ate the fruit. This disobedience was sin. As a result, God’s image in Adam and Eve was tarnished. They no longer experienced perfect relationship and joy with God, but instead brought death into the world through their sin. Not only that, but all of their children inherited this tarnished nature and now humanity - that's each and every one of us - is hopelessly bound to sin and death, forever in a state of spiritual separation from the God that created us to enjoy life perfectly with him.


jesus fixed it.

All humanity is now guilty of this sinful disobedience before God. Because of his perfect goodness and perfect justice, God can't be in a unified relationship with us and simultaneously let our sinful disobedience go unpunished. Our sin separates us from him. Something had to be done.


Out of his great love and compassion toward us, he therefore decided to send his Son to Earth to be born as a human. This human baby, born to a virgin mother, was named Jesus. As the physical, human embodiment of the second person of God, Jesus was both fully God and fully human. During his time on Earth, Jesus grew into adulthood and was tempted to sin, just like all of us, but he never did. Instead, he lived his entire earthly life in a perfect, unified, and untarnished relationship with God. He fully loved, worshiped and obeyed his Heavenly Father like we and Adam should have done. He did many miracles, taught with perfect understanding and wisdom and he showed people that the way to be free from their sinful separation from God was to trust and follow Him. 


Jesus knew that humanity deserved judgement and His perfect love for humanity led him to give his life willingly as a sacrifice for them. As a result, he gave himself up to be crucified and died a horrific, painful death in our place. Every bit of punishment we deserved for our sins, God the Father unleashed on him while he was on the cross. We truly deserved condemnation and death from God. But since Jesus lived a sinless life and gave himself up to die in our place, God looked upon his sacrificial death as sufficient total payment for the death that all people deserved.

now everything is being made new.

After dying on the cross and being buried, Jesus was brought back to life physically three days later. This served to prove that he has defeated death, once-for-all, so that the payment of his sacrifice can now be applied to our account. Jesus lived and died in our place. And now, if we claim Jesus’ sin payment as our own and choose to live in obedience to God for the mercy that he's shown to us, we receive Jesus' righteousness and have full forgiveness from God for every sinful thing we've ever done or will do.


After his resurrection, Jesus left Earth and went to be with his Father in heaven but sent the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, help, comfort and empower us. Though Jesus is now in heaven, we believe that there is a day when he's coming back to Earth. On that day, God will judge the sinfulness of all those whose sins haven't been forgiven through what Jesus has done. Tragically, whether at the end of their natural life or at Jesus’ return those who don’t trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for them go to a place called hell to be separated from God forever and punished for the sins they have chosen to commit in this life.


But it doesn’t have to be that way! 


Those of us who trust in Jesus instead have the joy of living eternally with the God who loves us! In this life, we are made into new people with new natures that are liberated from the destructive sinfulness and spiritual death that we were bound to. This means that we don’t have to earn our way back to relationship with God by trying harder or doing enough good works - we couldn’t do that anyway. Instead, we're able to simply rest in what Jesus has done for us and enjoy renewed relationship with God forever. After we die, the Bible tells us that we will rise like Jesus did and forever inhabit a new, recreated, once-again-perfect Earth.


We now live our lives as a reflection of the love God has shown us. We remember Jesus’ sacrifice by taking communion and follow his example by being dipped under water in baptism once we have made the decision to follow him.  We live in obedience to God’s commands as revealed to us in the Bible. We love and serve those around us. Since this story is good news for everyone everywhere, we share it with others so that they might also experience this renewed relationship with God and find life and ultimate joy forever.

The Five solas

  • Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone


    The Bible is the Final Authority of our Faith, Not Our Feelings, Opinions Or Traditions. Everything we need to know about God and How to live can be found in this sacred book.

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Solus Christus - Christ Alone


    Salvation is only found through Christ. There is no other way to God.

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Sola Fide - Faith Alone


    Salvation is gained through Faith in Jesus' Finished work alone and not through our good works.

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Sola Gratia - Grace Alone


    Salvation is because of God's Grace alone, Not because of anything good in us. God Freely gives us that which we didn't deserve and can't earn.

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Soli Deo Gloria - For the Glory of God Alone


    It's not about us. From beginning to End, Salvation is brought about by God for our Good and his Glory.  Now we live our lives to glorify him .

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.