Our Vision

The Bible says that Jesus Christ “reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18). At CTK Church, our vision is simply this: “we exist to reconcile people to God and each other through Jesus Christ.” But what does all that mean? And how do we get there?

Reconciled to God

First, we want to help people at every stage of their spiritual journey to be reconciled to God. We’re not talking about empty religious activity here; it’s deeper than that.

To be reconciled to God does not simply mean changing a few bad behaviors so God will like us better. We’re talking about a relationship with the One who created us.

As our Creator, He knows us better than we know ourselves and loves us despite our sins. To be reconciled to God means that we acknowledge the fact that we have rebelled against Him, we place our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin, and we promise to walk in obedience with Him.

Reconciled to each other

Secondly, we want to help people who love Jesus to be reconciled to each other. Becoming a Christian does not automatically make us more loving and forgiving. That takes hard work. We desire to be a church that simply reflects our community, reconciling with others along the way. This means that we need to take steps to be a church that embodies biblical diversity (economic and ethnic) as much as possible.

To fulfill this vision, we commit to building relationships with people from different socioeconomic, racial or cultural backgrounds. And we learn to love people better as these relationships deepen.

No one said it would be easy. Jesus said “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). The easy way is boring anyway. We’re taking up the challenge of reconciliation and would love to have you join us.

Our Five Core Identities

Christianity is all about the truth of who God is. We don’t get to make up some vague notions of who we think God is and then worship that. God is who He says He is. He loves us and He confronts us. We don’t get to tell God who to be; God tells us who to be. The Bible is God’s Word to us, and it is true. One of the great things about the Bible is that it not only tells us who God is, it tells us who we are. Everything we do at CTK Church is unashamedly biblically based. Through God’s Word, we have identified five “core identities” that shape the life of our church.

We are worshipers

Every single person is by design a worshiper. We may worship a relationship, self, money, career, but everyone worships something. On our own, however, we are broken worshipers. At Christ the King Church, we seek to be worshipers of God and believe that He and He alone is worthy of worship.

We are so inclined to worship lesser things, things that are created rather than the Creator (Romans 1:24). This is like admiring the actual canvas rather than the artist who created the painting. Only through Jesus Christ can we be made new and enabled to worship God rightly. In doing so, we can experience joy and true satisfaction.

“We must constantly remind ourselves that we are speaking of a glory that is ultimately beyond comparison. It is the greatness that exists without origin, without comparison, without analogy, without being judged or assessed by any external criterion. All created greatness and beauty comes from it, and points to it, but does not comprehensively or adequately reproduce it.” John Piper – Centrality of the Glory of God

We are family

Because Jesus died on the Cross and gives us peace with God, we are empowered to have sweet, Jesus-centered, soul-satisfying community with one another. In Jesus we believe we are children of God and brothers and sisters with each other.

As a community we see it as our joy and duty to personally care for the needs of one another, both physically and spiritually. We hang out, laugh, eat, drink, help each other move, babysit, and simply do life together. We also disciple, nurture, and call each other to the true joy in the Gospel. We do this through regular gatherings, consistent involvement in a community group and service to those who have no family.

The reason community is so important is because God gets glory from how we live together. When people see us loving each other like we can in Christ, God looks glorious. (John 1:12-13,13:34; Romans 12:16; I Thessalonians 2:8; I Peter 1:22).

We are missionaries

Jesus Christ came as the ultimate missionary. He left heaven to save us from our joy-squelching sin and to make a relationship with God possible by dying for our sins on the cross.

Likewise we are called to go and make his name known near and far. Missions is not just something that’s done “over there.” It starts right here in our own neighborhood and city, as we step out of our selfish desire for comfort to proclaim Christ and serve our neighbors. Yet, as the Lord enables us, we do seek to go out of our region and our country because God’s heart is for all the nations.

We are learners

It has become a popular idea to push learning and theology to the side and say “I just want to love God and love people.”

At CTK Church, we think it is impossible to really love God and love people without constantly seeking to learn more about Him and how He first loved us. We worship a God who desires to be known, who revealed Himself perfectly in the man Jesus Christ and who continually reveals Himself to us through the Bible. This is incredible! God wants us to know Him. Because of this we are a church that loves and studies the Bible. This is not a dreary, impersonal task of studying a topic, it is the pursuit of knowing God as a person in a relationship.

We are servants

Just as Jesus Himself did not come to earth to be served, but to serve, we want to be servants of each other. We do not serve simply out of obligation or moral agenda, but out of gratitude for how Jesus served us by dying for us on the cross so that we might experience the joy of knowing God. We want to emulate Jesus’ servant heart and give him the glory and thus point others to Him.

If you’d like to dive a little deeper into how these core identities operate at our church, feel free to browse our CTK Membership Booklet.

Statement of Faith

We are a Baptist community in the Reformed Tradition. In other words, we believe that God is ultimately in control of the universe and His Church is governed locally. We subscribe to the historic confessions of the faith, including the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed (325), the Council of Chalcedon (451), and the London Baptist Confession (1689).

1. The Word of God

We believe the Bible is God’s written revelation to man.  It is composed of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament.   It is verbally inspired in every word, and absolutely inerrant in the original documents. We affirm the infallibility, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture. We affirm its supreme infallibility in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. The Trinity

We believe that there is but one Living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each equally deserving worship and obedience.

3. God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, He hears and answers prayers and He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ.

4. Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten son, and has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfection as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe He is not only true God but also a true Man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born from a virgin. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of his people, and His personal visible return from heaven.

5. The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is a person and is fully God.  As the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption.

6. Man

We believe man was created male and female in God’s image in innocence of sin, but voluntarily disobeyed and became separated from God.  Through the sin of Adam, all humanity became polluted and is therefore sinful by nature and also by choice.  For this reason, man is totally depraved and in need of a Savior.

7. Salvation

We believe every person is a sinner by nature and by choice and is, therefore, under condemnation. We believe those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that the salvation of man, who is sinful and lost, is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God when the repentant sinner- enabled by the Holy Spirit- responds in faith. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works. All Christians are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.

8. The Church

We believe those who put their faith in Jesus Christ immediately become a part of His Body, the Church. There is one Church universal, made up of all believers from all places throughout history. The local church is an individual, autonomous part of the larger universal Body of Christ. The local church gathers as individuals who have been baptized and professed faith in Christ. The local church is led by the Lordship of Christ through qualified male elders. The Church’s purpose is to glorify God through instruction in the Word, keeping the ordinances, advancing the Gospel, and living in fellowship with one another.

9. The Last Things

We believe in the literal future return of Jesus Christ to restore His kingdom in its fullness.  We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved to resurrection of life and the unsaved to eternal separation from God.

Affiliations

Christ the King Church values being connected to other organizations as a means for fulfilling our vision. CTK is affiliated with the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association and North American Mission Board as a part of the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches.