where relationships with God & people become a reality
accomplish. Because we can't force people to do anything that will cause them to grow. We can't force people to read their bible, we can't force them to pray, we can't change their heart, and we can't renew their mind. So we've decided the best way to accomplish our mission is to help people develop a stronger faith in Jesus. The question is, how do we do that? How do we help people develop their faith in such a way that their relationship with Christ is always growing?
For our faith to grow, all of us need three vital relationships in our life: Intimacy with God, community with other Christians, and influence with pre-Christians.
Intimacy with God: Intimacy at its simplest definition means to fully know and be fully known. When we talk about intimacy with God, we're simply stating a desire to fully know God for who He is and allowing Him into our lives in such a way that He fully knows us. This is best done by developing a habit of reading & learning the bible, talking with God (prayer), worship, and obedience to His word.
Community with other Christians: Revelations 12:10 (NLT) says "they have defeated him (the accuser) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony." That is, Christ made salvation possible for anyone who puts their faith in Him, but our faith grows through the encouraging testimony of other Christians. We encourage you to discover the benefit of hanging out with other Christians at a Fellowship Event or Life-Change group where you will hear the incredible stories of God's goodness and grace in the lives of other people. The result is that your own faith will grow.
Influence with pre-Christians: One of the most encouraging ways to experience growth is to share your faith-journey with other people. You don't need a wealth of bible knowledge to tell your story. In fact, there are lots of things that can be debated and argued in life, including things about the bible. But, the story of your own life-change cannot be argued. By gaining inluence with pre-Christians, you are earning the right to tell them about the difference Jesus has made inside of you.
By pursuing these three vital relationships and making them a priority in our life we believe our mission to lead people in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ can be accomplished. So Calvary Church provides all kinds of activities, events, and environments to help individuals pursue the three vital relationships necessary for our faith to grow.
If you're interested in knowing how we impliment this be sure to check out Our Strategy.