it is our desire to make disciples who worship, live and do ministry together in Christ.
Life Together is seen in the church when we are making disciples who love one another. Jesus said to his disciples before he went to the cross,
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (Jn.13:34-35).
Jesus commands three times in these two verses that his disciples are to love one another. Jesus tells us as a church to make disciples, "teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you." (Mt.28:20). The church is commanded to love one another, which implies that we can't have a church without Life Together. Loving one another requires, not a private, pious religious experience, but one that lives toward one another in love. Therefore, the leadership of Christ Church must lead and serve to see Life Together expressed in loving one another.
Life Together by loving one another requires the love of Jesus. Jesus came to seek and save the lost who lived in rebellion to God who is love. He came out of the heavens and became a man to be the lover of sinners, not because they first loved him, but because he first loved them. The love of God for his lost sheep demonstrated in his Son is seen in his serving his own even to the point of death. Earlier in John 13 Jesus took the place of a slave before his disciples, bowing down at their feet with water and a towel washing their feet. He did this to demonstrate how he loves his own by serving them, ultimately in his dying for them. If the disciples of Jesus are going to obey his command to love one another they must first know and be served by the love of God in Jesus. He comes to the godless, unrighteous, unholy, ignorant, rebellious sinner and washes them by living for them, dying for them and being raised from the dead for them and ruling in Heaven for them. We are making disciples for Life Together who love one another out of being loved in Christ.
Life Together requires loving one another as Jesus loved. He said, "that you love one another just as I have loved you". He came to serve with his words and the works of his life (Mt.4:23). Therefore, loving one another in Life Together requires serving one another in words and deeds. The gifts and graces Jesus shares with his church are serving and speaking gifts (Rom.12:5-8) for loving another (Rom.12:9-10). What the church has been given is for her joy in the Giver, and that others in the community of the church will have their life and joy in the Giver. Therefore, when the church is speaking the truth in love (Eph.4:15), encouraging one another everyday (Heb.3:13), and using the gifts of God's varied grace toward one another, Jesus Christ will be glorified in her Life Together.
Life Together reveals that the church belongs to Jesus. Jesus said, "all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." The reason he wants all people to know that we are his disciples is for his own glory. He wants the world to see his glorious person as love and his works of love and bow down and worship him. When sin came into the world it distorted and destroyed man's relationships with God and others. When Jesus came into the world, dying for sin, he restored man's relationship with God and others (Eph.2). The glory of God is to cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab.2:14). Therefore, Life Together in the church in loving one another is not for a person's dream of community to be realized. Life Together in the church is for the glory of the Head of the church, Jesus Christ. It has been said, “The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together). The community that God is creating is his heavenly kingdom through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Son of God. It is a community for his glory, it is his dream community. He is doing this by loving his children in and through Jesus Christ and by giving his community his love by his Spirit. Therefore he is glorified in the church's Life Together when she has and shares love for one another.
The Scripture is full of all the ways God would have us learn how to have Life Together in love for one another. Therefore, it is the desire of the leadership of Christ Church to make disciples who learn Life Together in the love of Christ and for the glory of Christ in loving words and deeds.
Opportunities for Life Together:
Life groups for children, students and adults - Sundays 11:30 am
Wednesday evening fellowship and Growth Groups
First Sunday fellowship meal
Ladies’ and men’s discipleship