Christ Community Church started with a simple calling. “…Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.” -Hebrews 13:12-13
In the fall of 2009, a small group of us gathered around this passage of scripture knowing that many others had not heard about the gospel of Jesus Christ which teaches us…“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Our launch team asked, “What does it look like to join Jesus “outside” of our comfort, share the good news, and pursue Him in our community and the world?”
God continued to draw us back to Matthew 22:36-40. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” He said… Step outside your complacency. Love Me. Love others. It will change lives.
Christ Community Church began its first open Sunday Gathering at Southside Elementary School on 10-10-10. Today, we are still taking it to the streets believing what Jesus said, “…As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
We have been blown away by God’s faithfulness and His equipping for the journey. As Christ has affirmed our calling, we’ve been able to see people come to faith in Jesus, celebrate baptisms, assist our parents to train up children in Christ, serve and invest in local/state/international partnerships, and participate together as a people trying to lean into the teachings of the Lord in radical ways. Whew, what an adventure!
Our mission to love God, people and community continues and the best part remains; hearing all the personal stories of Jesus changing our community and the world… one person at a time. Come join us on the journey.