A community following Christ together.
What is the Mission of Christ Fellowship?
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“We are a community seeking to follow Jesus together by glorifying God through worship, prayer and good works serving both God and man in love and hope”
I want to be as clear as I can. We, at Christ Fellowship are seeking something which reflects authentic New Testament Christianity. The leadership of this community is committed to living out a renewed Christianity. We aspire to be a community of Jesus followers that resemble what Jesus had in mind when he commissioned the apostles to begin planting churches. I believe that in a culture like ours, one so profoundly enmeshed in consumption, this task of renewal will require frequent reflection on whether what we are doing is staying true to Jesus' vision for his followers. Part of it will require the same question again and again - what is it costing me to follow Jesus? The absence of sacrifice suggests that we have slid into an inauthentic gospel. This is a hard word in our convenience driven, user friendly, hyper-sensitive, numbers driven church of 2016. I believe if we poke a few inches below the surface we will find it's not working. We are surrounded by a culture coming apart, yet it's a culture we have become quite comfortable residing in. But the N.T. church, when at its best and truest is subversive. The Kingdom of God goes against the grain. The Kingdom of God makes the status quo uncomfortable. The Kingdom of God ought to make us uncomfortable, because among other things its messy, its slow and it can't be simulated, codified, or turned into a slick scripted event, with a quotient that somehow leaves us at home in a culture driven by consumption, recreation and easy grace instead of the gospel's call to holiness.
Jesus was always shaking things up. From day one of his movement, he went right at the power centers with a message decidedly user unfriendly. Once more, please don't be offended by redundancy - No sacrifice, no gospel. You simply can't wade into a culture as profoundly broken as ours without getting your hands dirty. And do I mean dirty. Nothing moves more slowly than broken human beings trying to learn how to be patient, loving and kind and to die to themselves. Many of us have experienced so little healthy formation that love feels like a foreign language, even though it is central to everything Jesus taught about how a holy life is to be lived. So how do you do it?
There are three things corporate communities of Jesus followers must become skilled at doing. And it requires no special talents, no media expertise, no technique, and no marketing strategy. We must seek to tirelessly build communities that are bound together by commitment and conviction and that we will earnestly and without excuse set our sights on becoming worshipping communities, prayerful communities and communities which serve one another in love. This is very likely to make our communities small. But remember, the most brilliant man who ever lived, the most extraordinary teacher who ever spoke had only a little over a hundred followers after three years of day after day ministry.