At Christ Fellowship Church, we trust and pray that you will discover a warm group of people dedicated to following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. From the moment you walk into the building you can expect to encounter a diverse congregation of people. By diverse, we mean that we come from all walks of life. Although diverse in our backgrounds, race, gifts, roles, and walk of life, we are united in Jesus Christ and we rally around the truth of His Word. You can expect a serious atmosphere because we cherish the time that we have to spend together while we are gathered in our Lord's name. You can expect a joyful atmosphere because we are happy to see one another and because our Lord always keeps His promise to meet with us.
It’s a good idea to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early in order to have plenty of time to park, get kids checked in and connect with others. Sunday School starts at 9:45am for adults and students. Church starts at 10:45am but the Sanctuary doors open at 10:40am. Feel welcome to take any seat that is available. No one will be upset because you have taken "their seat". Our regulars will gladly give you their seat if necessary. We're just thankful that you came.
Expect to be noticed. Expect people to say something like, “Hi, we haven’t met before, is this your first time?”. Expect for people to reach out to you in love. It is often asked, "What should I wear?" That's a great question and it means that you have given thought to your first visit. The emphasis really isn't upon what you're wearing.
Our services begin with prayer. Our members are expected to prepare their own hearts prayerfully before the service. Yet, when we come together, we begin by praying to our God. During this time we speak to God in thanksgiving, invitation, and petition. We thank Him for who He is and what He has done through our Lord Jesus Christ. We invite Him to please be present in our service of worship to Him. And, we ask Him to change us into the image of our Lord, meet our temporal needs, and keep us faithful to Him. By beginning in this way we acknowledge our utter dependence upon God.
Music is a powerful tool—for good or for evil. We understand this and therefore are cautious not to use music to manipulate the emotions. Because we view the gathering of God’s people in worship as sacred, we would not consider all music appropriate for the corporate gathering of God’s people. Any music (hymns, choruses, special selections) should be biblically and theologically accurate. Music should cause us to be lifted up in worship to God—not cause us to be concentrated on ourselves and what we are feeling. Music should affect our emotions, but only by amplifying the power of the words which we are singing. We pray that our music and singing be tasteful, dignified, respectful, sacred, God-honoring, biblical, and from the heart. Our time of worship is not a concert—nor a show. We have very little “special” music. Instead, the voices of the congregation are joined in WORSHIP. When the gathered people of God sing true words of worship to him from the heart—He is present among us. That’s what our Lord promised—and we trust Him to keep His word.
> Scripture Reading
Each Lord’s Day, a passage of Old or New Testament scripture is read followed by prayer. If we believe that the Bible is powerful, like a lion—then why would we want to keep it in its cage? We worship over the Word by reading it aloud in the congregation.
> EXPOSITORY PREACHING
Perhaps you have never heard the term: "expository" before. Expository simply means to explain or describe something. Many thoughts may come to mind when you think of preaching; yet the goal of preaching should ultimately be to understand what God has said in the Bible. Gospel preaching should focus on and derive its message from scripture. For this reason our church commits to preaching that begins and ends in a biblical text. In order to better explain the true meaning of scripture, we preach through entire books of the bible, verse-by-verse and section-by-section. This approach forces us to deal with the whole Bible—not just our favorite or cherished verses and topics. We worship God by actively hearing the word of God proclaimed and explained. It is during this time of the service that God speaks to us. We do not expect nor accept extra-biblical, "mystical" messages from God. We do expect that the Holy Spirit will speak to us through the written scriptures. God is most glorified when we are satisfied with what He has chosen to reveal to us in the Bible and when we are changed by its message.