What's In a Name?
UR·BAN \ ˈƏR-BƏN \
The word “urban” is from the Latin meaning pertaining to the city as in city life and culture. The word Logia pronounced [loh-gee-uh] is the English transliteration of the Greek λόγια, which means sayings or collection of sayings. Logia is used four times in the New Testament (Acts 7:38; Romans 3:2; Hebrews 5:12; 1 Peter 4:11) and sometimes carries the meaning of divine communication.
LO·GIA \ ΛΌΓΙΑ \
Logia is from the same root as the word Logos, a word John used to refer to the Word or Christ. Just as early Christians believed that Christ was Divine, they applied the same word to his sayings also. Other forms of Logia include words like eulogia (praise a person) apologia (defense) theologia (reason about God) and homologia (confess).
Over the last decade, an alarming number of professing Christians have left the church due to their exposure to teaching that causes them to question the very reliability of Scripture, the authenticity of Christianity, and even the historicity of Jesus the Messiah. Many of these people have simply not found Christianity sufficient to address their immediate needs and concerns, and as a result have turned to various other religions and cults which vie for the minds of Christians, particularly young Urbanites and Millennials. These other religions and cults present their teachings as the spiritual solution for the vacuum left by the church’s failure to equip believers apologetically with biblical and historical answers to the questions and issues troubling them.
At UrbanLogia Ministries, we seek to equip pastors, teachers, parents, and students, with detailed knowledge about the various theologies, ideologies, and worldviews that oppose the Christian faith. This knowledge is necessary to combat erroneous teaching which is not rooted in biblical truth or historical accuracy, and as a result is misleading, spiritually and socially dangerous, as well as heretical.
UrbanLogia is an Urban Apologetics and Urban Theological Ministry that specializes in dispelling myths and untruths about Christianity, equipping believers to intelligently articulate the basis of their faith, and helping them become conversant with those holding to the various theologies, ideologies and worldviews that oppose the Christian faith.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God, the eternal Word, the Son of God/Son of Man, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.
- He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for human sins by dying on the cross as a substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.
- He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.
- He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and humanity, continually makes intercession for His own.
We believe that man is inherently sinful and that the salvation of lost and sinful man was accomplished through the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ and is received by grace through faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, who proceeds eternally from the Father and the Son. He is equal in deity, attributes, and nature with the Father and the Son, and with them is to be worshipped and glorified. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to understand biblical truth and empowered to live a holy life, produce good works, i.e. to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ, and in the bodily resurrection of the dead. We believe that God will judge all mankind by Jesus Christ; that He will reward the righteous with eternal life in heaven, and that He will banish the unrighteous to everlasting punishment in hell.
We believe that the Church Universal is the Body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers, and that its members have been called out from the world to come under the dominion and authority of Christ, its head. We believe that a local church is a fellowship of Christians, a part of the Body of Christ, voluntarily banded together for worship, nurture, and service.
- The ultimate mission of the Church is to bring glory to God by making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20). The Church is called to make disciples through worship, prayer, baptism, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances, fellowship, the exercise of our gifts and talents, and the proclamation of the gospel both in our community and throughout the world.
- We believe there are two ordinances of the Church. One is that of believer’s baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the other is the Lord’s Supper.
- Water baptism is only intended for those who have received the saving benefits of Christ through the new birth of the Holy Spirit. In obedience to Christ’s command and as a testimony to God, the Church, oneself and the world, believers are baptized by water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration of a person’s union with Christ in the likeness of His death and resurrection. It signifies that a former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts the release from the mastery of Satan, sin and death.
- As with water baptism, the Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and the shedding of His blood on our behalf and is to be observed repeatedly throughout the Christian life as a sign of continued participation in the atoning benefits of Christ’s death. As we come to the table with an attitude of faith and self-examination, we remember and proclaim the death of Christ, receive spiritual nourishment for our souls and signify our unity with other members of Christ’s body.