Church of God?
We realize there are many church groups out there with names similar or pretty much identical to ours. Many are Pentecostal/Charasmatic and--while we firmly believe in the Holy Spirit--we are not. Here are the basics of who we are:
The Church of God we are affiliated with began in the 19th century as a movement to call believers out of the divisive denominationalism of that day. We're still all about the Unity of believers and are so glad to see more and more churches dropping their emphasis of non-essentials to focus on Jesus and the incredible mission & message He gave us. One of the ways this emphasis on Unity plays itself out practically in our church is through membership: If you are a follower of Christ, you are already a member of God's Church and we welcome you as a member of ours.
Another characteristic of the Church of God has been it's laser focus on the Bible. This also began as a reaction to a denominationalism that tended to emphasize doctrinal creeds over the Bible, itself. The Bible has always been our creed and, even here at Cypress Street today, you'll find our preaching, our classes, and most everything to be focussed squarely on Scripture.
The Church of God has also been known for an emphasis on Holiness. Simply put, followers of Christ should strive to live like Christ. Of course, that's a tall order. But we believe that's why He sent us the Holy Spirit...to help us live our lives His way.
Most recently, the leadership of the Church of God has called for a radical refocus on Jesus as "the subject" or primary focus of all we do. It's always easy for churches to get sidetracked, even on good things, and neglect the Author of our faith. CLICK HERE if you'd like to hear more on who we believe Jesus to be.
We don't profess that "our church" has everything figured out or even that we have a corner on these things that characterize us most. But we do believe our message--of unity, of focus on the essentials of Christian faith & Scripture, and of living life in a pursuit of holiness--is a powerful one!
See our "Family Tree" to trace our roots!