What We Value
A common perception of religion in our culture is that it is simply focused on telling people how to “be good” and what we can do to be closer to God. But the Bible’s central message is astoundingly different. Instead of a list of rules and practices we can follow to climb up to God, the Bible tells us the story of how God has climbed down to us in the person of Jesus Christ. We desire this good news or “gospel” - that Jesus has accomplished everything required for sinners to be right with God - to be the animating truth in all we do as a church.
God’s Simple Gifts
A bewildering amount of books and gurus on the religious market today claim to have the secret to a closer relationship with God. But God has not kept such important truths a secret! He has given us the simple gifts of His Word, the sacraments, and prayer to grow us into maturity. So, we desire to be a church that depends on the simple gifts of preaching through the Scriptures, weekly communion, hymns of praise, and regular prayer to grow our church in both breadth and depth.
The church is an organization on a mission, and that mission doesn’t end when we move into our own building or when we reach a certain size. Rather, the mission will not be completed until Jesus returns. So, we desire to be a church-planting church that will actively participate in seeing other new churches planted in our region, our state, and the world. This mission also shapes every aspect of our people's lives so that they view all their endeavors - from the raising children to building homes - as part of God's purpose in this world.
While the human heart longs to be connected in deep, meaningful relationships with others, that kind of community is hard to come by in a world torn by racism, classism, and a host of other “isms” that keep our world divided. In the church, however, God is building a new humanity - a humanity united not by race, language, or culture, but one bound together by a common faith in Jesus. At CPC, we desire to live out this reality by intentionally fostering relationships of honesty and compassion - even with those who are different from us. As such, we desire to be church that reflects the many cultures of Mansfield.
Loving our Neighbors
Jesus claims that the person who has been forgiven much, loves much. As people who have been richly forgiven by God’s free grace in the work of Christ, we desire to be a church that will love our neighbors in the same costly , self-less way. Therefore, instead of retreating from society, we will seek the peace and prosperity of Mansfield, pray for its welfare, and participate in the life of our city.