ABOUT CITYWEST CHURCH
Lighting the way for diverse people to find unity in Christ.
We believe that the family is the center of community, and the primary mode for evangelizing and discipling the next generation.
We believe the local church is called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people.
We believe the local church is most impactful when the community is aware of our presence.
We believe the local church is called to be active seeking the welfare of the community it is strategically located in.
We believe the local church is called to work beyond its own walls with like-minded believers for kingdom ministry.
Scriptures – The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
God – There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Jesus – Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Salvation – Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
The Church – We believe the local church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. All Christians in the local church are to live their lives in humble submission to other Spirit led believers and to the God appointed leaders of the church. Connection Church is an autonomous, local assembly that is led by Jesus Christ, who gives direction as the head of this body through a body of appointed elders. The purpose of the church is to exalt Christ and lead believers to love all people regardless of their response to the Gospel.
Non-essentials- We affirm that the doctrines of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the bodily resurrection, the atoning work of Christ on the cross, and salvation by grace through faith make up the essential, distinctive nature of Christianity. In regards to these essential doctrines there can be no conflicting opinions of those who call themselves true followers of Christ. However, we do acknowledge that there are peripheral, or non-essential doctrines, that are important, but not critical to the follower of Christ as it relates to our salvation. Some of these doctrines include the specific functions of women in ministry, the exact timing and nature of the second coming of Christ, extent and use of certain spiritual gifts such as tongues, the relationship between election and free-will in salvation, Christian liberties such as the use of alcohol and tobacco, etc. While our church will be diligent to establish positions as it relates to these non-essentials we will not allow these peripheral doctrines to cause division within the church. We will accept into our body those who have differing views on the non-essential doctrines, but will not allow those of a different opinion to fracture the church. While we actively celebrate diversity along all lines, we will ultimately pursue the unity of the church by focusing on the core beliefs of Christianity stated above.
CityWest Church is a Southern Baptist Church in Houston,TX. We also partner with other like-minded ministries across our city and world to see God’s kingdom come and his will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, including the Houston Church Planting Network, Stadia Church Planting Network, and Union Baptist Association.
For a complete set of doctrinal beliefs view the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 here.
Mac is the son of Haitian immigrants, and was born and raised in Houston. He was called into the ministry in June 2000 when he was 14-years-old. In May 2009 he received his Bachelor of Arts from Houston Baptist University where he double-majored in Christianity & Political Science. He also received an MA in Apologetics (Philosophy Concentration) from Houston Baptist University. Mac met his wife, Grace, while they were students at HBU, and they have been married for 8 years. They have 3 children: Jayden, Aria, & Judah. Mac has spent that vast majority of his 17 years of ministry engaging in cross cultural/multi-ethnic ministry in the greater Houston area.