Christ Church 101

Sermon Review: Jesus The Revolutionary, Part II

Sermon Review: Jesus The Revolutionary, Part II

The Sadducees, a group of Jewish artistocrats, question Jesus about the resurrection out of fear that Jesus' revolution will threaten their power and position.

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Christ Church 101 - What We Believe

Christ Church 101 addresses common questions that people ask about our church - covering everything from who we are and what we're about to where we're going and how we operate. Q. What are the beliefs of the church?

A. Our beliefs are shaped by convictions that are best described as Christian, Evangelical, Missional, Reformed and Presbyterian.

You can read more about these convictions here.

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Christ Church 101 - Who We Are

Christ Church 101 addresses common questions that people ask about our church - covering everything from who we are and what we're about to where we're going and how we operate. Q. How would you describe Christ Church?

A. Here's the language that we've settled on for this season of life - we are a family of missionaries learning to help people become family and follow Jesus for the glory of God. Embedded in this idea are five core identities that describe who we are: family, missionary, learner, servant, worshiper.

So who are we? We're a family who builds life around each other. We are missionaries who take Jesus to the world around us. We're servants who follow Jesus into the real needs of the world. We're learners who invest in our own discipleship and the discipleship of others. We are worshipers whose every need and deepest longings are found in who God is for us in Jesus.

For more about these core identities, check out this page from the Christ Church website.

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Christ Church 101 - Should I Join A Church If I'm Leaving Athens Soon?

Christ Church 101 addresses common questions that people ask about our church - covering everything from who we are and what we're about to where we're going and how we operate. Q: I'm only going to be in Athens for (specified period of time). Should I pursue church membership if I'm not going to be here forever?

A: Yes, for at least three reasons.

First, because we follow Jesus as part of a family. Christianity is a life lived together within the God-created community of the local church.

Second, because there is real benefit to church membership. There should be a depth and vibrancy to life inside of the church that is distinct from life outside of the church.

Third, because we really don't know how long we'll be in Athens. We all have plans but the Scriptures, history and our own story remind us that for all of our wise planning, God can and sometimes will change those plans in unexpected ways. Better to act on what we know now than to wait on what may or may not be true tomorrow.

I do appreciate this question - particularly because the spirit in which it is offered is one of genuine concern to not hurt or disappoint the church if and when one moves on to the next stage of life. But in the end, we signed up to be a church in Athens for Athens, which means we will always have a heavy turnover in membership as students come and go each semester.

Christ Church 101 responses are summaries of a longer and more detailed explanation. If you have additional comments or questions, please add them below.

 

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