Christ, the Church, and the Glory of God. There are many things that we talk about, teach, discuss, and pursue, but that simple phrase sums it all up. We want to know the living Christ as deeply and fully as possible and see His life expressed in healthy church life. At the end of three of the most important chapters in the New Testament (Eph. 1-3), Paul gives a summary blessing that points to God’s plan for glory on the earth, “…to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Eph. 3:21). We believe that Christ and the Church is God’s plan for glory on the earth. It is plan A and there is no plan B.
The more we think about how vast and important our calling is in the church and in our part here at Christ Fellowship, the more excited we get. We want to know and treasure Christ. We want to see as much of Him and His riches as we possibly can. We want to experience the fullness of Christ that can only be experienced in the church (Eph. 1:21). And we want to join God’s mission for the church to proclaim the beauty and excellence of Christ to a broken world.
Simply stated, our vision is to share and multiply the life of Christ in the Church life through new disciples, new cell groups, new congregations, and new movements to the glory of God and the joy of all peoples. We believe that God has called us to be part of helping to start 1000 new churches in the U.S. and in other nations of the world. Practically, this means ongoing discipleship in our city, raising up new leaders, constantly promoting healthy church life, and believing in the awesome power of God! What a blessing to serve God’s purpose in our generation (Acts 13:36).
While we still hold to those values, we have simplified the above statements down to the three great challenges of Jesus in an effort to help us stay even more on track in a culture that desperately wants to distract us. These three statements form our Inner Core Values…
- Submitting to the Headship of Christ
- Worship - Celebrative, Reflective and High
- More and Better Disciples - Healing the Broken
- Prayer and Intercession
- Everyone released to use their spiritual gift(s)
- Unity among believers
- Christ Life in the Church Life
- Making Things Right - Justice, Relationships, Beauty
We generally try to shape our personal lives and our lives together according to these three guiding values. They are the priorities that we want to be accounted for in the way we spend our time and money. We believe that if we order our lives according to these values that we will one day hear Jesus say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
- Love God
- Love One Another
- Love Those Who Don’t Know Christ