We Live for Jesus
Because relationship with Jesus is primary, everything else flows from this. The Holy Spirit guides us in right relationship with Jesus
We Live Generously
Because life is a gift meant to be shared, our church is generous with our lives, time, and money
We Grow Together
Because community and fellowship are what we are intended for, we believe people are better together
We are Welcoming
Because everyone deserves a warm welcome and acceptance, we believe in being a relaxed, fun loving and friendly church
Essentially these values are what CCC is all about. We’ll start this time with our first two values. Before we jump in however, let’s back up a bit and explain what values are.
Values: Core beliefs of an organization or person. Values are not methods; they are the beliefs that guide actions and methods. How we spend our time and money shows our values, thus it’s not a value unless it’s reflected in decisions and behaviour.
Beginning early in 2019 we realized that our core values had not been examined or updated for about 15 years. After months of conversations, research and input we are exited to be unveiling these refreshed Core Values for this season at CCC. These values are about trying to capture the DNA of CCC, who we are, what we value, and what we want to be. Our goal moving forward is that everyone at CCC can learn, understand, embrace and live our Core Values and that they are easily understood.
Value #1 We live for Jesus
Let’s look at value #1. The first subtext of this value states: “Because relationship with Jesus is primary, everything else flows from this.” This may be stating the obvious for a church, but we felt it was important to state the obvious here. It’s important that our values begin and end with Jesus, otherwise there would be no point to any of the rest of it. This value is about pointing towards Jesus. A relationship with Jesus comes before everything else. Matthew 6:33 reads “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” When we give Jesus first priority, everything else falls into place.
So how do we live out this value? We believe that everything we say and do at CCC should point people towards Jesus. The church is not a social club: everything is about facilitating moments for people to encounter Jesus. Our church services cannot necessarily make people encounter Jesus, but we can facilitate an atmosphere that is conducive to people hearing from Jesus.
As a youth pastor one of my biggest highlights was going to a big youth conference called HistoryMaker because many of the youth would encounter Jesus there. They would then sometimes ask why they struggled to encounter Jesus at home after an experience at HistoryMaker. The simple answer is that HistoryMaker provided an atmosphere that was conducive to people encountering Jesus. Much prayer surrounded the event and the youth went to HistoryMaker expecting to encounter Jesus. If we don’t expect to encounter Jesus it makes it much harder to hear from him. On the positive side, we can set an atmosphere where people are more likely to encounter Jesus. This means that our church services, preaching, volunteer ministries, conversations and relationships are all opportunities to help us draw closer to Jesus, rather than ends in themselves.
The second part of the subtext for the first value statement is: “The Holy Spirit guides us in right relationship with Jesus.” John 16:13 reads “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” Primarily the Spirit leads people to truth. The truth the Spirit leads people into is the person of Jesus. When people follow the Spirit, they inevitably draw closer to Jesus. In short, the Holy Spirit leads people to Jesus and we’re right back to the main point of value #1: We Live for Jesus.
Value #2 We Live Generously
Our second value is We Live Generously. Because life is a gift meant to be shared, our church is generous with our lives, time, and money.
We feel that this church is a generous church. We don’t live in a high-income community, yet many people at Crossroads give generously of their money. In 2019 89% of CCC members gave towards the mission of CCC. That is a very high number and a great level of buy in. Of course, generosity goes far beyond money. We have noted many times that many CCC members volunteer extensively both at CCC and in the community. People are generous with their talents, skills and time.
Why are Christians called to live generous lives? We believe that because Jesus saved people and extended the invitation of adoption into his family, that we are called to be generous people (Eph 1:5). God has given people everything they have, so we can give to others. If Jesus is generous to invite us to share his life, we can be generous to others and share our lives (John 15:1-5). Being generous as a church means we believe that it is important to share the life that we have found in Jesus. This is meant to go far beyond what happens in the church building. As we’re generous with our time, lives and money people see the love and generosity of Jesus. It’s not about hoarding what we have been given, but actively sharing it. In John 10:10 Jesus says: “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Life with Jesus is abundant life, and this is the life we get to be generous with!
As we wrap up this time, we’ve looked at the first two of the refreshed CCC core values: We Live for Jesus and We Live Generously.
The goal is that these values guide everything we say and do and help form our church in a way that is more and more Christlike. So today let’s Live for Jesus and Live Generously! In two weeks we’ll explore our next two values We Grow Together and We are Welcoming.
 Arrington and Stronstad eds, Life in the Spirit New Testament Commentary, 1999 pg 94