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Mission, Values & Core Practices

Mission, Values & Core Practices

Welcome to Christ Community Church! 

 

Mission (Who We Are)

Christ Community Church is a family of believers following Jesus and inviting others to follow him too 

VALUES (WHAT WE VALUE)


Centered on the GOSPEL:
The gospel is the good news that Jesus has come to our rescue.  Everything we do as a church is shaped by the powerful reality of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection (Rom. 1:16).

Submitted to SCRIPTURE: As God’s very Word, we embrace the Bible as the ultimate authority for what we teach, how we worship, and the way we live our lives (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Invested in COMMUNITY: Growth happens best in Christ-centered community, and we’re committed to connecting people into authentic, transforming relationships (Heb. 10:24-25).

Living on MISSION: We’re joining Jesus in the great adventure of reaching our neighbors, our city, and our world with the transforming message of God’s saving grace (Matt. 28:18-20).

Devoted to the FAMILY: The family is fundamental to God’s plan for human flourishing, and so we aim to support, encourage, and build up healthy, God-centered families (Josh. 24:15)

Committed to UNITY: We want the gospel’s power to be seen in the makeup of our church as the Holy Spirit brings together people from many walks of life into one unified body (Eph. 3:10).


Our core practices (WHAT WE DO)


WORSHIP -
the Triune God as we gather and as we go
CONNECT - in community groups, equipping classes, and other stage-of-life groups.
SERVE - in the church and through the church.
REACH - our neighborhoods, our city, and our world.


Guiding Principles

1. The Glory of God as Our Highest Purpose
  • “Declare His glory among the nations…” (Ps. 96:3)
  • “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)
Our primary reason for existing as an individual and as a church is to draw attention to God in all his greatness and glory. This is our ultimate passion. We long to see God’s holiness, greatness, and supremacy recognized and demonstrated in our lives and in the lives of all people. To that end, Christ Community Church is intentionally God-centered in all we do—in our worship, in our teaching, in our evangelism, in our fellowship, in our missions, in our ministries, and in our personal lives. We will seek to all things to the honor, praise and glory of God the Father through Jesus Christ.

2. The Centrality of the Gospel
  • For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. (1 Cor. 2:2)
  • But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Eph. 2:4-5)
  • For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… (1 Cor. 15:3-4)
  • Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen. (Rom. 16:25-27)
  • We dearly love the gospel, the good news that Christ died for our sins making it possible for us to be at peace with God and assured of eternity with Him. This undeserved grace continually astounds us and impresses upon us the magnitude of God’s love for His glory and for us.
We believe that the people of Christ Community Church must have a clear understanding and a deep personal appreciation of the Gospel in order for them to live in the goodness of this amazing grace day to day. In other words, the Gospel is not just a tool for evangelism, but the foundation and centerpiece of the Christian. We believe that our personal appreciation for the Gospel will manifest itself in lives marked by pronounced Christ-likeness, dependence on God’s grace, joyfulness, humility, generosity and an abiding personal assurance of God’s love.

3. Whole-Hearted Love for God
  • The life I live I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20)
  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)
As a result of our personal experience of God’s love and empowering grace through the Gospel, we eagerly seek to obey the first and greatest commandment—to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength and mind. This love is the joyful response to experiencing God’s gracious forgiveness, for the one who is “forgiven much, loves much.” This love for God will be expressed in all we do but it will find a particularly heightened expression in living a lifestyle of worship and loving other people.

4. Grace-Motivated Spiritual Growth
  • He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. (Phil. 1:6)
  • So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Phil. 2:12-13)
  • For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. (Rom. 6:14)
  • Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Pet. 3:18)
God’s purpose is to both save and sanctify those He has called to Himself. While Christians have been declared righteous (i.e., justified) before God on the basis of their faith in Christ’s death for their sins, it is God’s purpose to also make them more righteous as Christ is righteous (i.e. sanctified). Our thankfulness for God’s saving grace motivates us to eagerly and intentionally cooperate in the life-long process of being made more like Jesus Christ. In this process of sanctification, God uses many means of grace, which are experienced especially within the body of Christ, the local church.

5. The Importance and Profitability of Sound Doctrine
  • Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them … (1 Tim. 4:16)
  • Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. ( John 17:17)
  • [The Scriptures] … are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
At Christ Community Church, we treasure the Bible as God’s inspired (God-breathed) Word and gladly submit to its authority. The Bible is the completely true and trustworthy Word of God, and God gave it to us for the express purpose of shaping our thinking and our behavior. We consider serious and intentional application of Scriptural teaching (i.e., doctrine) to be of the utmost importance. Through corporate teaching, small group discussion, specialized classes and personal study, we will look to the Bible for God’s wisdom on all matters and are blessed as we implement it in our lives.

6. The Active Presence and Ministry of the Holy Spirit
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control … Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25)
  • Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good … All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines. (1 Cor. 12:7, 11)
At Christ Community Church we earnestly desire and actively pursue the dynamic ministry of the Holy Spirit in our midst. The Spirit counsels us, comforts us and convicts us of sin. He guides us into all truth, illumines our minds to understand it and impresses it deeply on our hearts. He opens our eyes to the significance of the Cross. He helps us to pray. He gives us power to overcome temptation and He causes the fruit of righteousness to be borne in our lives. He graciously and generously gives gifts to people for the good and upbuilding of the church. He empowers us for service and witness. He gives evidence of God’s presence among us. At CCC, we long for the fullness of the Spirit’s presence and ministry in our church and recognize our helplessness without His empowering presence.

7. Growing Relationships within the Local Church
  • From [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:16)
  • Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves … Practice hospitality. (Rom. 12:10, 13)
We are deeply committed to the local church as the principal place where God is working out His purposes in the world and in people’s lives. We believe that active participation and involvement in a local church is not just useful but essential for the spiritual growth of individual Christians. We have been joined together by the Spirit into one body, and understand our fellowship in the church primarily as purposeful involvement in each other’s lives. At Christ Community Church we are committed to serving and caring for one another, especially through Community Groups. We realize that this is not always easy, but by God’s grace, in obedience to His Word, we’re determined to work at developing authentic and deepening relationships as we follow Christ together. The highest quality of Biblical fellowship can be enjoyed only in the context of these committed relationships as we seek to love, encourage, and care for one another.