The Church (about CCF)

From our very first service in February 2015, our CCF experience has continually resonated with the words of Isaiah 43:18-19, “remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old…”.  We have a healthy respect for “Old-Time Religion”.  We also know that God is alive and moving and speaking and working in this time as in Bible times.  How could it be otherwise?  God does not change (Malachi 3:6), and Christ is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  The ancient Hebrews knew and followed the “Living God”, not merely the God of People long dead, but also the God of the living (Mark 12:27).

So, at CCF, we seek and find and discover God continually revealing new truths, as well as expanding our understandings of old truths.  The present, the here and now, is where we are and where God is.  Jesus, the prophets, and the apostles recognized this in their day.  We recognize it in ours, for God is always working (John 5:17).  God is at work in you and all around you, right now.  Are you ready to join God in this work?  We are learning to recognize and cooperate with the projects God is doing in us and around us.  Jesus taught us to work on our own personal issues in order to effectively help others with theirs.  Otherwise, our hypocritical blind spots discredit our testimonies.  Why would people want to hear the Gospel from us if our “Good News” is not having an obviously “good”, transformational effect on us?  If we are just as miserable and miserly, selfish and sour, unforgiving and unloving as anyone else, then why would the people we live and work with ever want what we have?  If our Christianity is not working for us, no honest, perceptive person will buy it, nor should they.  So, at CCF, we regularly remind ourselves that one of the most effective evangelistic things that we can do is to work on ourselves--cooperating and continually surrendering to the Spirit at work within us, as described in Romans 12:2: “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will begin to know God’s will for you. “

Authentic, practical, and observable life transformation is one of our core values.  Continually transforming Christians are charged with a Win/Win energy.  They are empowered by the Spirit within them.  Imagine a church filled with dozens, even hundreds, of Christians like that.  That is who we are!  That is who we are becoming!  May you come to CCF and “Become” with us.

 

 

 

What to expect after you visit?

The answer depends heavily on whether you provide us with your contact information by completing the guest info slip in your bulletin and placing it in the offering basket.  When you choose to submit your contact information, our pastor, Lance Sawyer, generally responds with a card, call, text, or email.  The guest slip contains specific boxes to mark if you are looking for a church home, or if you would specifically like to speak with one of our pastors.  The offering is received about halfway through the service, so you may want to complete your guest slip early.  But, there is no problem at all if you would prefer to attend a few times or many times without requesting or receiving any formal contacts.  We fully respect your privacy, and we will never push or pressure you to come back.  Everyone is welcome at CCF, but CCF is not the right fit for everyone, or at least not the right time.  We know through our own experience how God seems to pair us with different people at different points along our spiritual journeys.  The Bible says “For everything there is a season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)—different people and places for certain seasons and for various reasons.  We trust the flow of God’s Spirit to guide such things.  God uses human resources to introduce or expose us to the teaching we need at different points along the Way, there is no need and no place for human manipulation in the Spiritual life.  Perhaps you have heard the saying, “Don’t push the river.  It flows by itself.”  If CCF is the right place for you at this time, you will recognize it without having to be pushed.  So get acquainted with us as best as you can through information here on our website.  Then, if you feel drawn to come visit in person, you can join us for a Wednesday night Supper and Teaching Time, or a Sunday morning Brunch, Music, and Message.  

 

 

 

Our CCF Mission Statement is 3 fold

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CCF is for SEEKERS

We understand and respect committed Christians who undergo major changes in the way they view life, the Bible, and even the nature of God. Sincere Christians can and do get disillusioned and Down and Done with church for a multitude of legitimate, honest, and even honorable reasons.  We are not merely talking about the all too common excuse maker for whom church just never was a very high priority, so when life gets busier and the “cares of this world” (Luke 8:14) increase, they simply find more pressing demands on their Sundays.  They slowly drift away, usually telling a story of how they got hurt in church or could no longer tolerate all the hypocrites there.

The Down and Done Christians we seek to know are those whose intellectual integrity demands they ask tough, deep, and often controversial questions:  the kinds of questions “good Christians” shouldn’t ask.  The overly simplistic answers they often receive, and the guilt they feel over “questioning God”, eventually get them feeling less and less at home and increasingly out of place in the very churches they have loved from childhood.  These are not arrogant scoffers out to discredit faith.  They are honest doubters who want to believe, but find no help for their unbelief, and no place for their new, expanding views in the narrow and rigid churches which once fed and fueled their searching.  But expanding, growing understandings of the Christian faith are like new wine which can no longer be contained, enclosed, or boxed into brittle, stiff, and easily cracked old wine skins (Mark 2:22).  

Christians whose questions and doubts no longer fit into the boxes of their past need a church home where their truth searches are both welcomed and wanted.  CCF wants very much to be that church.  We welcome all sincere spiritual seekers.  Like Paul the apostle, we at CCF realize we “know in part”, not in full.  We preach humbly aware of how much we do not know (I Corinthians 13:9), yet we trust the promise Jesus made, “Everyone who seeks finds”.  And, we are not afraid of what we may find, for we believe all truth is God’s truth, whether it is in agreement with our previous partial knowledge or not.  CCF is for SEEKERS.


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CCF is for Children

CCF is for Spiritual Health and Wholeness.