|To best understand our vision, you need to understand our name. Just as names held significant meaning in scripture, the name of our church speaks directly to what we believe God has called us to be in the city of Richardson. Solomon’s Porch, according to Acts 5:12, was one of the main gathering places for the early church. It was an outdoor area of the temple and lined what was called the Court of Gentiles, which was a courtyard where non Jews could gather.
So, a disciple or church leader, who early on would have mostly likely been Jewish, would go to Solomon’s Porch and begin to teach the good news of Jesus. Because of its location, the Jewish people who were interested in what was being taught could physically stand at Solomon’s Porch and participate in the teaching. If you were non-Jewish, you could stand in the Court of Gentiles and participate as well. It was at Solomon’s Porch, that the good news of Jesus was taught to people of all races, colors, belief systems, and financial situations.
Our vision, is to be a Solomon’s Porch here in Richardson. Our church exists to blur the lines of race, color, and financial status. We want to be a church that reflects the diversity of Richardson, a place where Whites and Blacks, Asians and Hispanics, worship together. This is what took place in the early church and it’s our desire to see it happen again here in Richardson.
What We Believe
We believe the bible is the infallible word of God. We believe the stories, truths, and teaching of scripture are just as relevant today as they have ever been. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
We believe in one true God, the creator of the universe and the redeemer of man. (Isaiah 43:10-11)
We believe Jesus is the Son of God, lived a sinless life, and died for the sins of all people. (1 Peter 2:22, 1 Corinthians 15:3)
We believe all have sinned and are in need of salvation, which has been made available to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. (Titus 3:5-7)
We believe in water baptism and communion. We do not believe these practices are necessary for salvation. However, we do believe every believer should participate in these practices, as they will only deepen your relationship with the Trinity. (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:26)
We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which was promised by Jesus himself, and that His promise is still for us today. (Acts 1:4, Acts 1:8)
We believe in the Church, that it is the body of Christ, and that every believer has a significant role to play within that body. (Ephesians 1:22-23)
We believe in the imminent return of Jesus, followed by His final judgment of all people. We believe followers of Christ will live in eternal life, while those who did not enter into a relationship with Christ will spend eternity in eternal punishment, in a place the bible calls Hell. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Mark 9:43-48)