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...
This month we are focusing on our value of "We Honor." A lot of times we associate honor with just those in authority over us, but it is more than that! We should honor up, honor down, and honor all around.
Mark 6:4-5, Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief.”(NLT)
The power of Jesus was hindered because of the people's unbelief and lack of honor. He couldn’t do any miracles among them! Let us not be guilty of unbelief and not honoring. I just want to emphasize why Jesus couldn't do miracles - it was because of their unbelief and lack of honor.
The good news is when we honor God and we honor His Word, we position ourselves for the...
God has given every single one of us the ability to make a difference with our lives. If we aren’t careful we can focus on our limitations or on our failures. But I believe every single one of us can live a life of excellence!
What is excellence?
Excellence is different than perfection. Excellence is doing the best you can with what God has put in your hands.
Perfection is never being satisfied until everything is exactly the way you think it should be.
In 1998 Martha and I moved from Lynchburg, VA to the Raleigh area of NC to start a new church. I can remember driving around rural North Carolina seeing homemade signs promoting a fundraiser a church or organization was doing with typos and written sloppy by hand. I began to think how we could raise the level of excellence in our community. I believe that when we live a life of excellence that it will help others around us see that they can too.
Our church has gone from meeting in an elementary school...
Mondays can be difficult to get back in the flow after the weekend so I am going to be posting some encouragement on Mondays to help get you off to a strong start to your week!
This past weekend I was able to check something off my bucket list. I have always wanted to go to a Boston Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park which is the oldest Major League Baseball park. It was built in 1912 and is famous for the big wall in left field called the Green Monster. We went to see the Red Sox play the Twins with some friends and it was a great game. The Minnesota Twins tied the game in the 9th inning and it went into extra innings. Halfway through the 10th inning we decided to go home to not only beat the traffic but we were tired from being in the heat and we had an early event the next morning at the church. We get in the car and turn the radio on so we can listen to the game as we drive home. As we are pulling out of the parking lot Mookie Betts hits a walk off home run to win the...