The Bible is not a book primarily about us and what we have to do for God in order to be accepted and loved by Him, but rather the Bible is a book that is primarily about God and what he has done for us through Jesus Christ. Grace means that we are God’s people because of Jesus, period. Therefore, we believe the Bible, from beginning to end, is about grace.
Grace means that we are accepted and loved by God not because we are good, moral, or religious people, but because we know that we are unworthy of God’s Kingdom and we trust completely in what Jesus has done for us in His life, death and resurrection. Grace strips us of our phony religiosity. Therefore, we can be real. We can be honest with one another and ourselves. We can admit our flaws and brokenness and admit that we are a mess. But because of Jesus, we know that we are God’s beautiful mess. This means we no longer need to put a spin on things, control what others think about us, or pretend to be someone else. Grace allows us to go through life with confidence and humility at the same time because our identity is no longer in ourselves, but in Jesus.
We believe that Jesus is God in human form who came to earth to create a new humanity by redeeming every aspect of our life.
We believe that the salvation Jesus offers the world is the only hope for bringing healing to our relationship with God, ourselves, each other, and creation.
We believe that the Church is not a building, but the community of God’s people, a new humanity, called to reflect God’s ongoing presence in the world.
We believe that all of life is spiritual, and that all of our fears, failures, and brokenness can be restored and made whole through our relationship with Jesus.
We believe and affirm the central truths of the historic orthodox Christian faith, seeing ourselves in a long line of generations taking part in the endless conversation between God and people.
We believe the Bible to be the voices of those who have come before us, who were inspired by God to pass along their poems, stories, accounts, and letters to reveal His Story of His love and grace through Jesus Christ.
The Sunday service is available on CD. If you would like to listen to the service a second time, or share it with friends and family, please pick up an audio cd for free at the sound booth on your way out. Usually cd’s are available 15 minutes after the end of the service or pick up a copy the following Sunday before church.
If you would like to listen to one of Pastor Chris’s recent sermons, please click on one of the files below
City Church Staff
Pastor, Chris Coppolo
Chris and his wife Karen are Miami natives who love living in South Florida with their two boys Chris and Matthew. Chris graduated with his Master of Divinity from Miami International Seminary and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). He is the founding pastor of City Church and has a deep passion to see his city renewed through the Gospel of Grace.
Hobbies and interests include reading, backpacking, kayaking, watching cheesy sci-fi B-movies and driving off-road in his Jeep Wrangler.
Mercy Ministries Director, Gus Grana
Gus Grana is a teacher in the Miami Dade Public School system and works with the intellectually disabled in grades 9-12. He was recently named the Miami-Dade County Public School 2011 Teacher of the Year.
Why is Gus involved in Mercy Ministries? He responds, “Having a deep awareness of my own brokenness, my heart goes out to the hurting, needy and marginalized in society. Attending seminary allowed me to gain a better understanding of not only God's grace, but also my responsibility as a Christian to share that grace with others."
Family Life Director/Social Media Manager, Pam Molnar
Pam Molnar received her Early Childhood Education degree at Miami Dade, where she was awarded the institution’s Highest Achievement Award in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children for over 20 years, beginning with founding and operating a home day care. Later, she got involved in her church by starting a traveling drama team with teens, hosting many Bible studies and youth events, and leading several youth retreats for up to 100 youths.
Pam and her husband Charlie, married 38 years, enjoy teaching a Lifestyle class about the benefits of eating and living a healthy lifestyle.
Pat Seymour, Director of Music
Pat Seymour is an active performer, composer, and arranger. Pat holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan and two master’s degrees from the University of Miami, one in jazz pedagogy and the other in studio jazz writing. While at Miami, he performed with all three of its premier jazz ensembles: Jazz Vocal 1, the Frost Sextet, and the Grammy-nominated Concert Jazz Band. He also played in the Downbeat Award-winning Salsa Orchestra and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.
Over the years, Pat has worked with artists representing multiple genres including The Temptations, Bruce Hornsby, John Clayton, The Four Tops, Chris Potter, Dave Koz, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, Johnny Mathis, Sir Mack Rice, and the Count Basie Orchestra. As a writer, he has provided arrangements and compositions for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Tiempo Libre, and the Detroit Reed Collective. He can also be seen on the Robert Klein HBO special "Unfair and Unbalanced" and the CD/Blu Ray release of "An Evening with Dave Grusin." Previously, he worked as the house saxophonist and horn arranger for B.B. King's Blues Club in West Palm Beach. Currently, he is the music director for Rooftop Productions as well as City Church in Homestead. In addition to performing, he maintains a private teaching studio.