We've recently completed membership interviews with several people and I've asked some of them to talk about why they've become part of the Christ Church family. Here's Ryan Schulze's story: Sometime about a year I walked into an old, dusty high school gym. There was rolled-out carpet and a stage that looked like it might break at any second. But after a few weeks of going there I didn’t notice those things anymore; all I noticed was how much Christ was working in this church.
A year later, the location and scenery of Christ Community looks a lot different, but Christ has never stopped working. That is one thing I love about the church: how evident it is that God is working there. It’s an amazing thing to see and get to be a part of.
I recently became a member at Christ Community and it is an atmosphere I don’t know how I ever lived without. I grew up with a huge commercial mentality of the church: go every Sunday, spend an hour of my day half-listening to somebody talking about Jesus, and then I’m good for the rest of the week. It has taken me years to realize truly how unbiblical that mindset is and how dangerous it is for my soul.
I feel like a lot of churches today base how they do church off of how it fits into their lifestyle, personal beliefs, schedule, etc. This would be okay except for the Bible. The church is God’s bride, and God has a specific plan and purpose for it. One big reason I chose to become a member of Christ Community is because they rely on what the Bible says about church and incorporate it into everything; not the other way around—starting from their lives and seeing how the Bible fits in.
Another reason I wanted to join the church was because of how much I have grown there. Colossians 2:6-7 says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Throughout the last year, Christ Community has been instrumental in helping me to do this. I love going every week and hearing music, readings, and a message that all teach me more about the Bible and more about Christ, the God I seek to be rooted and built up in.
I think if every member were asked to describe Christ Community, there would be one word that would come up more than any other: Family. Anyone who walks through the doors can see how connected and strong the family is at the church. And walking through the doors of that old, dusty high school gym I was no different. I saw Christ working in the family at Christ Community. As I have gotten more involved in the church I truly feel part of the body of Christ, personally witnessing how every person is willing and wanting to help every other person.
I thank God for blessing me with Christ Community.