At CCC we are committed to carrying out our mission summarized in the statement “To honor God by intentionally leading people to greater Christian maturity for the purpose of bringing others to Christ. ” It is the purpose of CCC, then, to be intentional about challenging its members to deeper faith, greater service and more consistent obedience in order to share the love of Christ more effectively with those who do not yet know him as Lord. In so doing, God will be honored. We invite you to join with us in this exciting adventure of faith. Your participation in worship, fellowship, educational or service opportunities is encouraged and welcomed.
What is a Christian and how does one become one?
Many people have varying opinions about what exactly being a Christian is, thus I believe it is important to go to Scripture to determine what God believes a Christian to be. A Christian is a person that has truly repented of their sins and believes that only a saving faith in Christ Jesus will protect that individual from eternal condemnation. The Apostle John through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes, “ Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (Jn 3:18, English Standard Version). The key here is that repentance in and of itself is not enough. One must not only repent of their sins and turn from sin, but that person must after repenting of their sins then turn to Jesus in faith to save them. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians explains, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph 2:8, 9, ESV). It is at this point that a radical change comes over the person due to the power of God being present in their life. This is because that person is now created anew in Christ. Peter in his first epistle informs the reader, “Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;” (1 Pe 1:23, ESV). This then begs the next question which is, how does one then become a Christian?
To become a Christian one must simply turn from following the wisdom of this age and turn to the wisdom that can only be found within God’s Holy Word. Within Scripture we find the answer to how one becomes a Christian. Paul deals with this question simply and to the point; Paul, while imprisoned, was asked by his jailor this question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts, 16:30b, 31, ESV). I would encourage whoever reads this and has not yet accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to read the Gospel message found in the New Testament book of John and then pray a prayer of repentance and humble yourself before the Lord, “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38, ESV). I close with this quote from John Calvin, “No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men.
I would ask if you are not a Christian yet, or for some reason doubt that you are indeed a Christian, I would like to impress upon you that you ask God to reveal to you His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus came to this world to save all sinners who would come to Him. In the New Testament we read, “For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). At this time I would encourage you to ask Him to forgive your sins, thank Him for His sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary, and then confess before some people that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. If you feel that you may want to speak to somebody either before you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, or after you have accepted Christ into your life, please call the number listed here for the church office and somebody would love to talk with you. Blessings.