Our Beliefs

To see New England changed from the least-churched region in the U.S. to the most spirtually vibrant place on earth.

Core Values

At Vox Church, three core behavioral values shape the way we make decisions and practice our faith. These values inform and direct our church. We practice them when it's popular and when it's out of fashion. We filter everything through these core values.

JESUS AT THE CENTER

We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important truth in life. Jesus lived a perfect life, died a substitutionary death, and rose from the dead. This one truth changes every other part of life.

“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” - 1 Cor 15:3-4

The good news of Christ creates an entirely new dynamic for life. For everyone who believes, all your sins are forgiven! God treats you as his child. He judges you on the merits of Jesus. Vox Church is committed applying this life-changing truth to every corner of our hearts and lives. We want the good news of grace to reshape how we see God, how we see ourselves, and how we see the world. This is our first and central value.

INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY

Community is how God does things. We are told in scripture that God is one in essence and three in person (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). God has designed humanity in such a way that we need each other in order to know and experience God fully. It’s true that each of us should have a personal relationship with God, but it’s equally true that there are aspects of God we can never know until we invest in deep relationship with his people. This type of sacred community does not happen by accident. We must be intentional about growing it and sustaining it. Seven key elements make up intentional community.

1. Proximity Provides Opportunity: Time and energy are required for healthy relationship to grow.

2. Vulnerability Creates Connection: When you open up your life, God connects your heart.

3. Discipleship Sets Direction: Our goal is to collectively become more like Christ.

4. Fun Amplifies Grace: When we learn to enjoy God’s gifts and enjoy one another God is glorified.

5. Sacrifice Matures Love: Growing in love requires that you give something up.

6. Mission Drives Adventure: God calls us to participate in his great purpose on earth.

7. Boundaries Sustain Growth: Healthy limits produce healthier relationships.

CITY MISSION

The heart of Vox Church is marked by a holy urgency. We believe that time is short, people need God, and he has called his church to be a voice. The name “Vox” comes from the Latin word for voice, and we believe that God desperately wants to speak to those far from him and bring them close. His primary method to do this is his church. As the people of God, we want to echo his truth in every corner of our world through sharing the gospel, serving the poor, helping those in need, seeking the good of the city, partnering with other churches and organizations, and participating in global missions.

Vox Church Foundational Beliefs

Vox Church is a Christian church. We follow Jesus, teach the Bible, and seek to honor God in all things.

The Scriptures

The Bible is God's Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, the Bible is truth and is completely relevant to our daily lives. (Deuteronomy 4:1,2; Psalms 119:11; 119:89; 119:105; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 16:13,15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15, 17; Hebrews 1:1,2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16) 

The Godhead

God has existed in relationship with himself for all eternity. He is a triune God, one God revealing himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Trinity serves different functions, and they each are fully God. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9,11; Luke 1:35; John 5:21,23; 14:10, 16; Romans 8:9,11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8,10; James 2:19) 

God the Father

The Father is great: He is all-powerful, all-knowing, everpresent, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and he is holy. It is in him that we live, move, and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to his people and his promises. (Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44, 45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4, 6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3, 4) 

God the Son

God the Son existed for eternity with the Father and became a man to redeem humanity. Jesus Christ is completely human, but at the same time completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are enemies of God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life so that he could be a substitution for us in satisfying God's demands for holiness. He defeated death in his resurrection so that we could have life. (Isaiah 7:14; 7:53; Matthew 1:18, 23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5, 6; Luke 22:70; 24:46, 47; John 1:1; 1:14; 10:30; 11:25, 27; 17:1,5; Acts 1:9; 2:22, 24; 7:55, 56; Romans 1:3, 4; 3:23, 26; 8:1,3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19, 21; Galatians 4:4, 5; Philippians 2:5, 11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5, 6; 3:16)  

 

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is fully God, the third person of the Trinity, and assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God's righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ. The spiritual gifts given by the Spirit are active today and available to the believer. (Psalms 51:11; 139:7; Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 61:1, 3; Joel 2:28, 32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7, 14; Acts 1:8; 2:1, 4; 13:2; Romans 8:9, 11, 14, 16, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17) 

Human Beings

God created humanity and each unique personality in his image. Humanity is the supreme object of his creation. We were created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, we cannot attain a right relationship with God through our own effort. (Genesis 1:26, 30; 2:7, 2:18, 22; 2:3; Psalms 8:3, 6; 32:1, 5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Acts 17:26, 31; Romans 1:19, 32; 3:10, 18; 3:23; 5:6; 6:6; 7:14, 25; 1 Corinthians 1:21, 31; 15:19; 15:21, 22; Ephesians 2; Colossians 1:21, 22; 3:9, 11) 

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence. God created human beings to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God by forgiveness and salvation through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. (John 3:16; 3:36; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 5:11, 13; Revelation 20:15)  

 

Salvation

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection from the dead provide the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned through our own efforts. The victorious work of Jesus on the cross provides eternal life and freedom from sin, lies, sickness, torment, and all the power of the devil. (Isaiah 1:18; 53:5, 6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; 27:22, 28:6; Luke 1:68, 69; 2:28, 32; John 1:12; 3:16, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30, 31; Romans 1:16, 18; 3:23, 25; 5:8, 10; 6; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8, 10; Philippians 2:12, 13; Hebrews 9:24, 28; Revelation 3:20) 

The Church

The global church consists of all true followers of Christ from every age, race, and nation. The local church is a regional community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, obeying all his commands, and seeks to bring the gospel to the world. The church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ. (Matthew 16:18, 19; 18:15, 20; Acts 2:41, 47; 5:11, 14; 13:1, 3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13, 14; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:19, 22; 3:10,12; 5:22, 32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1, 4; Revelation 21:2, 3) 

Distinctives

The Vox Distinctives are the behavioral values of our church. They put language around how we act in light of our vision and core values.

1. We are Married to the Message

This distinctive means that Jesus is more important than my preferences. We want to be people who are the first to serve and the first to sacrifice because Christ has already extravagantly served us. Leaders at Vox are not those with nice resumes or elite social status, but rather those who are willing to get their hands dirty, roll up their sleeves, and give their lives. No job is beneath us. No truth should be taught and not practiced by our leaders. We are married to this message.

2. We Are Contenders

We live in the tension of the now and not yet. When it comes to miracles, we expect them to happen and we pray for them to come. If things don’t go the way we expect, we trust the good plan of God above what we can see. Our attitude towards prayer is not passive. We believe God has given us the weapon of prayer to see his goodness manifest in our time. 

3. We Are Pioneers

Vox Church is a risk-taking church. We always seek to move with wisdom and good counsel, but we also seek to live on the cutting edge of what God is doing. We are not a play-it-safe community. Time is short and people need Jesus.

4. We Are Students of Culture

To make a difference we must know the language that culture speaks. Vox Church seeks to be relevant in our presentation of God’s timeless truth, presenting this truth in a way that grabs the attention of a spiritually hungry world.

5. Our Relationships Build Muscle

Rather than squirming away from confrontation and difficult conversations we humbly lean into them, knowing that honesty, humility and courage, create relationships that last a lifetime. We deal with conflict quickly and we don’t gossip. We never give up on one another.

6. We Thrive In Cultural Centers

We go where people gather. As the world moves into the city, we strategically focus where the impact can be greatest. We are committed to being a church that represents the diversity of our cities.

7. We Enjoy the Ride

We take God and his mission very seriously but we try not to take ourselves too seriously. As God works miracles in our church, we pause to celebrate along the way, and we seek to create healthy life-rhythms to sustain whole-hearted devotion to Christ.