This month we are taking some time to ask ourselves a few questions.
- “Why are we doing church?”
- “What is God up to?”
- “What is it all about?”
We believe that God is alive and aware.
We believe that God has purpose for us.
We embrace the reality that no one is perfect.
We are changed because God has forgiven us.
We believe that God has written us a letter for help in this life.
Here’s a few selections from this letter and several thoughts we’re considering:
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
Confess, believe, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:9-13
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2
Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38-39
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:8-9
Gen 1:26-28 Image Mission
Mt 22:36-40 Love God & others
Mt 6:31-34 Focus on Kingdom
Mt 16:13-19 Jesus with church in view
Mt 28:18-20 Go make disciples
Lk 19:10 Jesus came to seek and save
Mt 5:14-16 we are a light, a city
1 Jn 4:19 we can love because He loved
Rm 5:5 God’s love poured into us
Jn 17:20-23 Jesus prayed for us
1 Pt 2:9 proclaim He who called you
Let’s summarize these God thoughts:
Our purpose is: Helping people connect with Jesus, grow in faith, and share His love.
We describe Salvation as a Fresh Start:
A second chance at life. By turning away from our sin and turning to Jesus we are provided an opportunity to be new.
At CBC Baltimore we all need a “fresh start” and nobody walks alone.
This means that it’s all about Jesus and that He is all about changed lives!
How do we define Spiritual Maturity?
- Intimacy with God
- Community with Insiders
- Influence with Outsiders.
To that end: the church is a great place to connect with God and to connect with people.
This is why we:
- Connect – Weekend Worship
- Grow – Life Groups
- Share – Courageous Generosity
This is why we now see:
- Loving Jesus in a way that people talk about.
- Where people find salvation & healing in Jesus.
- Helping people find careers & peaceful homes.
- Where everyone can find a place that they fit.
- Serving the city with love that works.
This is why we are who we are and why we do what we do!