CEFC Vision and Direction
We believe that people matter to God, so they matter to us. God bridged the unimaginable chasm between His holiness and man’s sinfulness through the death, burial, and resurrection of His son Jesus.
Jesus gave the disciples His vision statement for the church in the “Great Commission.” We have taken the last words of Jesus seriously and developed our vision statement from them. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus says “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Therefore, the first part of our vision statement is: Passionately pursuing a world in need of Christ.
God the Father was so passionate about pursuing us that He sent His Son Jesus to die in our place so all who believe can be reconciled to Him. That is why we are so committed to reaching the lost. We will do everything we can to share the good news with as many people who are far from Christ as we can. We encourage and model personal evangelism, hold outreach events, remove distractions from the Sunday morning service, and employ any strategy to share the love of Christ with our lost and dying world.
Jesus continued his final words to his disciples by saying in Matthew 28:20a “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Therefore, the second part of our vision statement is: Passionately pursuing Christ in full devotion.
Jesus’ goal for us is that we are to be disciple makers. If we only evangelize without training toward full devotion to God we overlook half of the vision Jesus has for His church. At CEFC we are passionate about teaching disciples everything Jesus has commanded them to do. We believe in teaching the full word of God to transform the lives of people in the church. We train Christ-followers in equipping classes, small groups, Bible studies throughout the week, and the Sunday morning service.
Jesus wants us to win the lost, build Christ-followers up in their faith, and equip them for service to God as they’re sent into the world to serve Him. We want to make believers who make believers. We strive to do this in a way that is culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
Above all we seek to foster a culture of love and unity. Christ came to pour out his love on a lost world. If we are to call ourselves Christ-followers we need to be known by our love. That Christ-like love will bind us together in unity. Unity as we reach lost people with the good news of salvation, and unity as we pursue Christ with full devotion together.
Through service & GO2 Groups
Through giving financial support, time, and talents
People into our lives and church to meet Christ
We Value Jesus.
It’s all about Him.
Jesus is the only Savior in the world who died on the cross for sins and rose from the grave for life. This great news of His epic sacrificial love is the great news of our salvation. There is no one like Him, so our goal is to introduce people to Him.This value is not the first value, it is the central value. All other values exist only because we value Jesus.
Because it’s all about Him, we seek His guidance through the Bible and prayer, and strive to obey Him through His power and encouragement.
Acts 4:12, Isaiah 42:8, Philippians 3:7-14
We Value Grace and Truth.
Jesus meets people with grace and truth, so should we.
This means that He didn’t shy away from the problem of sin, and He didn’t make people earn His free forgiveness for sin.
The full truth of the Bible sets the stage for the heroic grace of Jesus. Without the truth, grace is shallow and empty. Without grace, truth is harsh and cold.
Having a church filled with people who are filled with grace and truth promotes both transparency and growth. Until people are transparent enough to let others see the mess in their lives, they will never really grow out of the mess in their lives.
We Value Community.
We’re all in this together.
There are two types of community we should all be part of.
Jesus never intended anyone to follow Him by themselves. He modeled that for three years as He led a community of twelve men who prayed together, ate together, served together, failed together, and saw great growth together. We intend to have a community that is similar to that, and we can because the center of their community, Jesus, is the center of our community. Therefore we will strive to have a community that is built on love and authentic friendship.
We all live in a physical community. We all have neighbors, co-workers, family, friends, and others who live in our sphere of influence. We want to see our physical community become part of our faith community. Because of this, no one should ever be so invested in the faith community that they have no involvement with their physical community. Our goal at CEFC is to be relevant in order to connect with the people in your physical community when you invite them.
Acts 2, Acts 4, Hebrews 10:25, 1 Corinthians 12
We Value Partnership
We are a community on a mission.
Jesus regularly challenges His followers to see the world the way that He does. This change in vision is meant to launch us on a mission. We fully believe that His mission is best accomplished by a group of partners who all work together using their unique gifts, personalities, and resources.
Matthew 6:21, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12
We Value Excellence
God deserves our best.
This is not us trying to prove that we are worthy of God’s love or approval by the quality of our actions. It is simply us saying that God is worthy of our best because He has loved us and He approved us. In other words, we don’t need to be excellent, we want to be, because as we are excellent by His strength, others can see how excellent our God is.
Colossians 1:10, Malachai 1
- We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Titus 1:2; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
- We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:16, Isaiah 43:12-13, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Acts 5:3-4).
- We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate (John 10:30; Hebrews 9:27-28).
- We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-15; Titus 3:3-5; Ephesians 5:18).
- We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
- We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God (John 3:3-5; Colossians 2:9-15).
- We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation (Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11: 23-26).
- We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
- We believe that only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church (Ephesians 4:3-6).
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23).
- We believe in the personal, pre-millennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer (1 John 2:28; 3:2-3).
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 3:36).