Five Core Identities
Christianity is all about the truth of who God is. We don’t get to make up some vague notions of who we think God is and then worship that. God is who He says He is. He loves us and He confronts us. We don’t get to tell God who to be; God tells us who to be. The Bible is God’s Word to us, and it is true. One of the great things about the Bible is that it not only tells us who God is, it tells us who we are. Everything we do at CTK Church is unashamedly biblically based. Through God’s Word, we have identified five “core identities” that shape the life of our church.
Every single person is by design a worshiper. We may worship a relationship, self, money, career, but everyone worships something. On our own, however, we are broken worshipers. At Christ the King Church, we seek to be worshipers of God and believe that He and He alone is worthy of worship.
We are so inclined to worship lesser things, things that are created rather than the Creator (Romans 1:24). This is like admiring the actual canvas rather than the artist who created the painting. Only through Jesus Christ can we be made new and enabled to worship God rightly. In doing so, we can experience joy and true satisfaction.
“We must constantly remind ourselves that we are speaking of a glory that is ultimately beyond comparison. It is the greatness that exists without origin, without comparison, without analogy, without being judged or assessed by any external criterion. All created greatness and beauty comes from it, and points to it, but does not comprehensively or adequately reproduce it.” John Piper – Centrality of the Glory of God
Jesus Christ came as the ultimate missionary. He left heaven to save us from our joy-squelching sin and to make a relationship with God possible by dying for our sins on the cross.
Likewise we are called to go and make his name known near and far. Missions is not just something that’s done “over there.” It starts right here in our own neighborhood and city, as we step out of our selfish desire for comfort to proclaim Christ and serve our neighbors. Yet, as the Lord enables us, we do seek to go out of our region and our country because God’s heart is for all the nations.
Just as Jesus Himself did not come to earth to be served, but to serve, we want to be servants of each other. We do not serve simply out of obligation or moral agenda, but out of gratitude for how Jesus served us by dying for us on the cross so that we might experience the joy of knowing God. We want to emulate Jesus’ servant heart and give him the glory and thus point others to Him.