Welcome to Christ Community Church!
To fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission, which is to be a Biblical community that proclaims God’s Word in order to multiply fully devoted and fully developing followers of Jesus Christ throughout the world. (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 12:1-8; Eph. 4; Heb 5:12-6:3; 2 Pet. 3:18; Phil. 3; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 24; Acts 1-2).
In short, the mission of the church is to make disciple-makers.
The purpose of CCC is to glorify God through teaching, modeling, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are on a journey of following Jesus Christ together. We strive for and envision a strong, loving, Bible-based, Christ-centered, Gospel-focused, Spirit-empowered, grace-filled, worshipping community of believers who have a healthy and growing relationship with God and each other which overflows in boldly sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world by the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God. Our desire is to see our Biblically-based mission, core practices, and core values lived out in the life of each person at Christ Community Church. A church that lives the Great Commandment (loving God and loving people, Matt. 22:37-40) and follows the Great Commission (making disciples of all nations, Matt. 28:19-20) makes a great Church!
Our core practices can be summarized with 4 phrases:
WORSHIP Jesus Christ
GROW through the Word of God
CONNECT through fellowship, stewardship, and service
REACH the lost with the Gospel
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.
The 7Cs of Discipleship*: Measuring our Mission
The church will accomplish its mission of making disciples by calling all people to be:
- Converted – A true disciple has placed their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life and is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 2; John 3; Titus 3; Rom. 1-8; 2 Cor. 5:17)
- Committed - to God, to His Word, to discipleship, sharing our faith with others, to His purposes, and to His people. (Acts 2; Luke 14). Some examples of His purposes: worship, evangelism, fellowship, ministry, missions, etc.
- Connected – No Christian can grow without being planted in a local Church, living in community with the Body of Christ, giving and receiving love, being accountable to others, serving, and being nurtured and encouraged by other believers. The Church is the Body of Christ. A Christian who is not vitally connected to a local Church is like a hand chopped off from the body. You can still be a hand cut off from the body, but not a healthy and helpful one. Being severed from the head, Christ, was not an option in the early Church (Eph. 4-5; 1 Cor. 12)
- Competent – in Biblical truth and doctrine that shapes your relationship with God and with all people. We need to be so rooted in the truth that it transforms our worldview, gives us knowledge and wisdom, molds our character, and equips us in our marriages, as parents, in our ministry to others, friendships, work ethic, and every other area of life. The Gospel serves as the framework for our lives (2 Tim. 2; 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18)
- Contributing – We as believers are accountable to God for contributing our time, talents, and treasures to furthering the Kingdom of God in response to God's grace in our lives. All of life must be lived in light of the crucified, risen, and returning Lord, Savior, and King (1 Cor. 3; 2 Cor. 8-9; Prov. 3; Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 15; Titus 2; 2 Tim. 4; Rev. 19-22:12)
- Compassionate – All Christ-followers are called by God to care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the world. (Matt. 25; John 11; Luke 10; Matt. 5-7; Phil. 2)
- Christ-Like - This is the goal of the 6 C's: to be like Jesus in our character, thoughts, actions, and words, modeling Him and His holiness in our relationship with God and others. This is the goal of discipleship. (1 John 2:6; John 13:15; 1 Cor. 11:1; 1 Pet. 1:14-16)
All of our ministries revolve around these fundamentals of discipleship. We will know if we are succeeding in the mission of making disciples by whether or not the followers of Christ at CCC exhibit such characteristics. We rely upon God’s grace and power to enable us to all work together in reproducing disciples of Jesus Christ for His glory.
*Discipleship is the process through which God transforms the life of the believer into the image of Jesus Christ through the Word of God, by the Spirit of God, in fellowship with the people of God, to the glory of God. (Rom. 6-8; 1 Thess. 4; John 17; 2 Cor. 3:18; Col. 3; 1 Pet. 1:22-2:12; 2 Pet. 1).