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WHY WE EXIST?

The Roots

Socrates was wise, it is said, not because he knew the right answers, but because he knew how to ask the right questions. One of the most often asked questions from people new to our church is, “Why does your church exist?” And this is really a very good question. Does Christ Community Church exist to present the gospel to those in the San Gabriel Valley? Are we here to equip the saints? Is our main purpose to feed the hungry, help the needy, bring hope to those living in despair? Well, the answer may surprise you, but it’s “no.” Please don’t misunderstand, however. These are all good reasons. In fact, they are important reasons, but none of them is the reason. We at Christ Community Church looked beyond the obvious and asked ourselves, “Why do we preach? Why do we minister to both healthy and hurting families?” We found the answer succinctly spelled out in “The Westminster Shorter Catechism” when it asks, “What is the chief end of man?” The response is, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”

The highest purpose we as individuals can have is to be so totally absorbed in the person of God that we view all of life through eyes filled with His wonder and glory. The Apostle Paul articulated it well when he said to the Church at Corinth, we are to “…glorify God in your (our) body” (1 Cor. 6:20). Later, in 1 Cor. 10:31, he reiterated this same point when he said, “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Paul also prayed for those in Ephesus, who were of like precious faith, that they might experience “…glory in the church” (Eph. 3:21). When there is “glory” in the church, people will hunger and thirst for righteousness, their hearts will be aflame with a need to serve God and their community will be affected by their constant desire to share Christ.

“Glory in the church” is the very presence of God so actively at work among His people that they live to honor and praise His holy name. It’s when the people of God recognize they were created for His glory (Is. 43:7) and “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name…” (1 Chr. 16:29). The church that glorifies God makes it their passion to know Him, manifests its priority to live Him, and maximizes its purpose to share Him. This is why Christ Community Church exists.

 

GOD IS..

the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26-27Genesis 3:22Psalm 90:21 Peter 1:22 Corinthians 13:14)

JESUS CHRIST IS…

the son of God who lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the only acceptable sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return to earth again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

(Matthew 1:22-23Isaiah 9:6John 1:1-5John 14:10-30Hebrews 4:14-151 Corinthians 15:3-4Romans 1:3-4Acts 1:9-111 Timothy 6:14-15Titus 2:13)

JESUS CHRIST IS...

the son of God who lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the only acceptable sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return to earth again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

(Matthew 1:22-23Isaiah 9:6John 1:1-5John 14:10-30Hebrews 4:14-151 Corinthians 15:3-4Romans 1:3-4Acts 1:9-111 Timothy 6:14-15Titus 2:13)

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS…

equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation and provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. We seek to live under his control daily.

(2 Corinthians 3:17John 16:7-13John 14:16-17Acts 1:81 Corinthians 2:121 Corinthians 3:16Ephesians 1:13-14Galatians 5:25Ephesians 5:18)

THE BIBLE IS…

God’s Word to all people, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.

(2 Timothy 3:162 Peter 1:20-212 Timothy 1:13Psalm 119:105Psalm 119:160Psalm 12:6Proverbs 30:5)

PEOPLE ARE…

made in the image of God and the pinnacle of His creation. Although people have tremendous potential for good, they are damaged and broken by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Sin separates people from God.

(Genesis 1:27Psalm 8:3-6Isaiah 53:6Romans 3:23Isaiah 59:1-2)

SALVATION IS…

a free gift from God provided by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Salvation is not something that can be purchased or earned and is available to everyone who accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  That faith is expressed through repentance of sin and baptism by immersion. Click here to learn more about baptism.

(Romans 6:23Ephesians 2:8-9John 14:6John 1:12Titus 3:5Galatians 3:26Romans 5:1)

ETERNITY IS…

how long we were created to exist with God. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

(John 3:161 John 2:251 John 5:11-13Romans 6:23Revelation 20:15)

THE CHURCH IS…

the body of Christ on Earth. It exists to communicate the good news of new life in Jesus Christ to the world, to teach his followers to obey his teachings, and to equip his followers for ministry. The church is made up of those who have placed their faith in Christ.

(1 Corinthians 12:27Matthew 28:19-20John 10:10Ephesians 4:11-14Acts 2:38)

MARRIAGE…

was established by God. We believe the Scriptures define “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment.

(Genesis 2:24Matthew 19:4-6Ephesians 5:21-33)

LIFE…

is created, sustained, and most-highly valued by God from life in the womb, through our life on earth, to our life in eternity.

(Psalm 139:13-16Acts 17:24-28)

 

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