DOXA’s MISSION STATEMENT
Why the name Doxa?: The Greek word doxa (δόξα) literally means “glory”. The glory of God is the revelation and manifestation of all that He is and has done, most clearly seen in the person & work of Jesus Christ (John 1:14,18; Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9). The scriptures proclaim that the chief end of man is “to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever” (Ephesians 1:4-6; Isaiah 43:6-7; Romans 11:36; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 73:25-28). We are defined by this purpose and, through the medium of music, Doxa seeks to proclaim:
“the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:4b-6 ESV, emphasis added)
Our ministry to the church: Through musically excellent psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, we invite believers to behold the glory of God and respond to Him in worship, as well as equip them for the work of ministry (1 Peter 2:9; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:19-20, Colossians 3:15-17; Ephesians 4:17).
Our ministry from the church: Through culturally relevant music with biblical content, we invite the unbeliever to encounter God through the proclamation of His glory (John 4:21-26; Psalm 67; Psalm 96; Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 15:8-9).
Our mission: Doxa exists to provide contextually relevant, gospel-centered, God-glorifying music to, through, from, and for the urban context. Musically, we will express this in a way that is:
- vintage – faithful to the historic Christian faith as proclaimed by the apostles’ teachings & the Holy Scriptures (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 1:17, 2:1-2);
- current – relevant to current day musical forms of expression (1 Chronicles 12:32);
- urban – stylistically sensitive to the culture, people, & context in which God has placed us on mission (1 Corinthians 9:19-23); and
- congregational – participatory in order to encourage gathered believers to sing together (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
Through comprehensive lifestyles of worship, the members of Doxa seek to be a living and breathing doxology to the praise of the glory of His grace:
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV, emphasis added)
W. E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White, Jr., “glory,” in Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1996), p. 267.
The Westminster Confession of Faith, “The Shorter Catechism” (Atlanta, GA: Committee for Christian Education & Publications, 1990), p. 3.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally-inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God– breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons––Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co–eternal in being, co–eternal in nature, co–equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8–11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)
THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1–3, 12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 1:7, 2:8–10; John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:18–19).
ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37–40, 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4–8; 1 Peter 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11–15).
THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly-given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor do they prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7, 1 John 5:14,15). We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him (Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10–11).
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born–again persons (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25–27; 1 Corinthians 12:12–14; 2 Corinthians 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27, 18:22, 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11). We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control (Acts 13:1–4, 15:19–31, 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16; 5: 4–7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1–4). We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26).