Posted by: pastortomvabeach | March 29, 2017

Thought for the Week April 2, 2017

Thanks to Pastor Doug Crabb for filling in for me. Last week was extremely busy and left me very little time to write or even think!

Can you believe it is April? Easter Sunday is around the corner and pollen is in the air. I thought I would take the next few weeks to remind you of some of the deepest core values that define us as a church. These correlate with the fundamental beliefs in the Bible but are not necessarily our statement of faith. Instead, they define the way we “do church” here at Christian Chapel. They are what make us unique from other churches and influence people to connect with Christian Chapel rather than another church.

Core values are those principles of serving and ministry that we will not compromise because, if we did, we would no longer be who God wants us to be. While basic Bible belief is the same for every Christian church, core values differ widely based on the people and make up of a local church.

We have chosen seven values to be at the core of who we are. The first is that we are Christ-centered. This means that we unashamedly anchor all of our faith in Jesus Christ because we ardently believe that His is the only name by which people may be saved.

This is central to everything we are and do as a church. We believe that every ministry, every teaching, every activity should ultimately point to Jesus as our center and focus. He told us that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Peter said in Acts 4:12, there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that when he came to them he, decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (I Corinthians 2:2). He later wrote that Jesus is the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).

Without Jesus, there is no salvation, no relationship with the Father, no forgiveness of sins, and no outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We have made it our mission to Make Jesus Known, and we do that by keeping Jesus front and center in our lives and ministries.

The Jews of Jesus’ day and earlier, based on their understanding of the Old Testament writings, were not allowed to speak God’s name out loud and, in their writings eliminated certain letters so that it couldn’t even be spelled out. That is why we are unsure today of the exact word. Scholars for a long time thought Jehovah was the proper rendering of the Jewish name for God. Today most lean towards Yahweh as the best translation. I think it is fantastic to know that God revealed Himself in the flesh through His Son, Jesus, and today we have a name that we can shout, praise, and share with everyone.

Jesus is the Lamb that was slain for sin, the Son of Man spoken of by Daniel, the Messiah the Jews longed for, the resurrected Savior who defeated death, and the soon to return King of all the Universe. We wholeheartedly proclaim that He is the Lord and Leader of Christian Chapel as a church, and of us, as His individual followers.

May I ask, if you have made Jesus the center of your life? What do you do to keep Him on the throne of your heart? How have you let others know? Can we, as one body, decide that we are sold out to Christ and always ready to Make Jesus Known?


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