At C3, we have ten core values and the one for this month is We Focus on the Unchurched.
Vision provides direction. Values guide us and keep us on track.
The value that we talked about last month was We Are Holy Spirit Led. We aren’t led by traditions or popular opinion but by the Holy Spirit.
WE ARE A FOCUSED ON THE UNCHURCHED
Our vision has never been to try and reach people who already go to church. Our vision is to reach people who aren’t involved in church and may not know who Jesus is!
Outward focused church not an Inward focused church.
We must live our lives focused on others. It’s not about you. Yes God wants to work in your life and bless you, but He wants us to make a difference with our lives!
Small people think only of themselves and their needs. People that live BIG think of others.
C3 is a church that focuses on reaching the unchurched
Our vision has always been to provide Real hope for Real People in a Real World.
September 1998 - From the beginning we started the church with the vision of connecting the unchanging Gospel to the unchurched in a way that they can understand.
January 1999 we had our first baptism service. And baptized was Paul and Pat Mason.
Matthew 9:35-38, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Jesus Saw the Crowds and his heart broke with compassion.
Does your heart break with compassion for the lost and hurting? Or is church just something you do or attend? Is church just a place where you work or serve?
May God continually break our heart for the lost and those who aren’t connect to a local church.
Jesus Saw the One
Matthew 9:9-13, “As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. 10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” 12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”(NLT)
We must see the one. Not just the crowds. My prayer is that we aren’t a church that just draws big crowds. But that we are a church that reaching each person and help build them into a fully devoted follower of Jesus and build the lives of people and the result is we will build the church.
What people need more than anything else is Jesus and a place to belong. They need hope and a family. When we give them Jesus we give them HOPE. When we bring them to the local church they can become a part of a FAMILY.
The local church is the hope of the world.
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