From the moment of the Fall, God has been working to gain glory for himself by destroying Satan, cancelling the power of sin, and redeeming people to himself (Psalm 2).
God sent his Son as his redeemer, fulfilling the offices of prophet, priest, and king. Having accomplished Redemption once and for all on the cross, Christ ascended to the highest place to apply and fulfill all that he finished by his perfect life and death. His redemptive purpose makes known the gospel through his Church, his Word, and his Spirit, to transform all peoples for a massive celebration of himself as redeemer in the new heavens and earth.
His redemptive purpose may be seen in his causing all things to work together for the good of those who love him; those called according to his purpose. It is heard in the testimonies of his people sharing how they have delighted in the many benefits of redemption (Genesis 50, Ruth 4, Romans 8:28, Philippians 3, and Colossians 1:13–14).
God is the way, the truth, and the life. God is the author of truth and it is an essential part of his unchanging character. As opposed to the deceit spread by the father of lies, truth is most clearly revealed by God in his Word. Truth convicts us of sin and tells us there is a remedy. Grace-centered truth is essential for people to experience the gospel.
The Father uses the truth to transform our hearts, minds, souls, strengths, and our very actions to the image of his Son through the power of his Spirit. This transformation ushers us into joyful changes, increased faith, revived hope, true repentance, and active love.
Community is the place where gospel transformation occurs—the church foyer, a member’s home, or any place where two or three gather in Jesus’ name. Corporate worship is a special time where community is expressed by communion, teaching, and worship each Sunday (Acts 2).
Although community is valued dearly by Christ Church, it is best expressed when it is missional and reaches its fullest expression. An apostolic band or “band of brothers” implies that people band together well when they move towards mission together locally and globally.