"City Life Houston exists to honor God and make Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, and socially responsible disciples in our city."


1. Authenticity

We value the fact that God chose to love us and die for us while we were sinners (Romans 5:8), so we don’t have to come before Him with any pretense of perfection. We can be real before our Father. We will never say “Follow Me!” as if any one of us has the truth. We will only say, “Follow me as I follow Christ, because He is the truth.” (1 Cor. 11:1) This is evident in our genuine love and grace for one another in becoming all that Christ has made us to be by the power of His Spirit.

2. Boldness

We value the fact that Jesus gave us the power to witness and be bold by giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 4:29-31) This is evident by our passion to not be ashamed of preaching the gospel and pointing people to Jesus as Lord and Savior in all we do.

3. Creativity

We value that our God is the supreme Creator and owns everything created. (Psalm 50:10-11) This empowers us to not just to mimic or copy others, but to look to Him to help us be intentionally creative in ministering and reaching out to others.

4. Diversity

We value the fact that our God does not demand uniformity, but calls us to unity in Him. Therefore, no matter your color, gender, age, or income God has broken down the walls of hostility and comparison (Eph. 2:13-16) by purchasing us through the cross of Jesus and given us the ministry of reconciliation.This is evident not only in words, but in the diversity we exhibit as we gather as a church.

5. Excellence

We value the excellence of our God taking joy over His creation and calling it good (Gen 1). Perfection is only achieved through Christ, but excellence is our standard in serving our God who loves so graciously. He deserves to be honored in all we do so we desire to make it a point to give Him our best and all.

6. Generosity

We value the fact that our God was so generous in giving of Himself to us His only begotten Son and not just speaking His love but demonstrating it as well. (John 3:16-17) This is evident in our church through the sacrificial giving of our people in serving one another as well as in monetarily giving to support local and global ministry.


  • The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.


  • That for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • In the baptism with the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of spiritual gifts.
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.


    The Doctrine of God

    We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of all things. He is perfect and unchanging; completely loving, good, and holy; limitless in knowledge, power, and presence. God eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; one in essence, having the same divine attributes and perfections, with each person fulfilling distinct roles. Gracious in his eternal purpose to redeem a people for himself, God is worthy of wholehearted love and worship.

    The Doctrine of Scripture

    We believe God has spoken through human authors in the Scriptures, the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is the only written, verbally inspired Word of God and is self-attesting, unchanging, and without error in all it affirms. As God’s authoritative, infallible, and sufficient revelation for life, doctrine, and practice, the Bible is to be trusted and obeyed.

    The Doctrine of Creation and Fall

    We believe God created all things, visible and invisible, out of nothing, and all very good. He sovereignly sustains and governs creation for his glory and the benefit of his creatures. God created humans in his image, male and female, to know, love, and glorify him in covenant relationship and to serve as stewards of the earth. The first man, Adam, sinned against God, resulting in alienation, death, guilt, shame, and a curse upon the earth. Separated from God and subject o his judgment, all humans have inherited a sinful nature from which they cannot save themselves.

    The Doctrine of Jesus

    We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, incarnated for our redemption, born of the virgin Mary, fully God and fully man, one person in two natures. As our substitute, he lived a sinless life and willingly gave himself as a propitiatory and reconciling sacrifice for our sins on the cross. He died, was buried, rose bodily on the third day, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father as the only mediator between God and humanity. One day he will return again to judge the living and the dead.

    The Doctrine of the Gospel

    We believe the gospel is the good news that God became man in Jesus Christ to reconcile lost people to himself. He lived a perfect, sinless life on our behalf and died on the cross for our sins. He was buried, and on the third day rose from the dead, securing our redemption forever. Having triumphed over Satan and the forces of darkness, he ascended into heaven as Lord of all. Everyone who repents and believes in him receives forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

    The Doctrine of Salvation

    We believe that salvation, planned in eternity and promised throughout Scripture, is God’s gracious act of rescue whereby he delivers lost and sinful people through faith in Christ’s redemptive work. Because of his great love, God makes people spiritually alive in Christ through regeneration by the Holy Spirit. By grace, God forgives and justifies people through faith, apart from works, conferring upon them all the benefits of union with Christ, including the gift of God’s righteousness, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and adoption into his family.

    The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

    We believe in God the Holy Spirit, giver and renewer of life, sent to guarantee our promised future. The Spirit convicts concerning sin, enlightens to the truth, awakens to repentance and faith, regenerates sinners, and unites believers to Christ, making them partakers of the divine nature. By the Spirit’s indwelling, Christians enjoy God’s presence and fellowship. By being filled with the Holy Spirit, Christians are divinely empowered for witness and ministry. As they bear the fruit of the Spirit and exercise spiritual gifts, believers edify the Church and bear witness to God’s kingdom.

    The Doctrine of Missions

    We believe God’s mission is to redeem a people for himself from every tribe, nation, and language and to restore creation for his glory. As the Father loved the world and sent his Son, and the Father and the Son sent the Spirit, the Triune God sends the Church into the world to proclaim the gospel, make disciples, and seek God’s justice and reconciliation in the world.

    The Doctrine of the Church

    We believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic Church, the body of Christ of which Jesus is the head. As God’s holy people on mission, the visible Church is expressed in gathered communities where believers assemble to pray, worship, hear God’s Word, receive the sacraments, and fellowship with one another. Through the ministry of his Spirit, faithful disciples, and biblically-qualified leaders, Christ builds and grows his Church.

    The Doctrine of the Sacraments

    We believe that water baptism and Communion are the two sacraments ordained by Christ, visible signs of God’s covenant of grace. Baptism is the sacrament of entrance into the Church by which believers publicly identify with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Communion is the sacrament whereby believers corporately remember Christ’s body given and his blood shed for their forgiveness. Sacraments are means of grace in which God is present, affirming his promises represented by the visible signs.

    The Doctrine of Sanctification

    We believe that sanctification is the process, beginning at regeneration, whereby God conforms his people to the image of Christ through his Word and Spirit. By grace, Christians grow in holiness and love for God and others throughout their lives as they submit to Jesus, obey God’s Word, and walk by the Spirit in fellowship with other disciples.

    The Doctrine of the Second Coming

    We believe that Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will return to earth bodily, in power and glory, at a time fixed by the Father and unknown to the Church, to raise the dead and judge the world. He will clothe the righteous with immortal, glorious bodies, rewarding them according to their deeds. But the unrighteous, Satan, and the forces of darkness, he will punish with eternal destruction. God will consummate redemption and renew creation, and his people from every nation will enjoy, worship, and reign with him forever.