Our Vision

According to Acts chapter two, the early church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers.” (Verse 42, HCSB) We believe that this is the model of a church that is vibrant, growing and devoted to our Savior. The Vision of Christian Life Fellowship is to follow this Biblical pattern to grow a devoted church that glorifies God.

1) Devoted to the Apostle’s teaching (Scripture): Our vision is to maintain strong, solid, unwavering Bible teaching in our corporate services. We will also provide other opportunities for the flock to be taught the Word in men’s, women’s, children’s and family ministries, and other large and small group environments. Our vision is to see every regular attendee of this congregation develop the habit of daily time alone in God’s Word. We also desire to see husbands and wives and families studying the Word together regularly at home. Our goal is to equip every person in this body to understand what we believe, why we believe it, and how to communicate that truth to unbelievers in love and with grace.

2) Devoted to fellowship: Jesus said that people would know we are His disciples by our love for each other (John 13:35). We will provide opportunities for fellowship and building community in the body with: Family Fun Nights; outings, retreats and activities for children, men, women and families; other events and activities. We will encourage people to attend these functions and will go out of our way to reach out to people and make them feel loved, welcome and enfolded in our congregation. We believe that fellowship also involves ministering together and keeping each other accountable to the Word of God.

3) Devoted to the breaking of bread: We believe that one of the best ways to build relationships and a sense of community is over a meal. Therefore, the elders will conscientiously practice hospitality by inviting individuals, families and small groups to join us for meals. We will encourage our deacons and the members of the flock to do the same. In addition, several times per year our deacons will plan and organize times for the entire congregation to share a meal together. We also believe that breaking of bread refers to worship and reflection in communion, and we will regularly observe this ordinance in our worship services.

4) Devoted to prayer: We encourage everyone in this body to be in prayer daily for: this flock, its members, missionaries and leadership; our nation, state and the Treasure Valley; friends, neighbors, relatives and coworkers/classmates; the unsaved people in our lives. The elders pledge to be in prayer regularly for this flock and all of the individual members that comprise it. Each elder has taken on the responsibility of shepherding and regularly praying for a portion of the congregation. We will pray for these people and the church as a whole every day as well as whenever we get together. We will also offer times of prayer during the week, and all of the elders will make every effort to be available to meet with members of the flock in prayer (either in person or over the phone) whenever the need arises.

5) Devoted to giving to those in need: In Acts 2:44-45 we read that the believers in the early church went out of their way to see that help was given to anyone who had a need. James 1:27 reads: “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” Therefore, we have established a benevolence fund. We pledge to contribute to this fund and we encourage the members of this flock to do likewise. This fund will be used to help meet the needs of members of this body, as well as to reach out in the name of Jesus to those in the community who have a need. In addition to the benevolence fund, we will also emphasize giving to missionary organizations that meet the needs of widows, orphans, and the hungry, homeless and needy throughout the world. We will sponsor trips and projects for individuals and groups of our body to minister to the needs of the downtrodden, “giving a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.” We will reach out to our community to discover what needs exist and how we can help to meet them. Our deacons will organize and coordinate opportunities for groups of our members to minister to these needs as they are gifted.

6) Devoted to thanksgiving and praise: In Acts 2:46-47 we are told that the early church was thankful and praised God. We believe that God will only fully bless a church that is thankful to Him and that praises Him for who He is. Therefore, we will place an emphasis on praise, and thanksgiving in our corporate worship, in our small groups and in our leadership meetings. We will regularly provide a “Body Life Time” during our corporate worship services for people to share what God has done in their lives. We will encourage the members of this body to have an “attitude of gratitude” and discourage complaining, arguing and gossip. We will work hard at being exhorters and encouragers who are thankful for each other.

7) Devoted to evangelism and growth: The last sentence of Acts chapter 2 reads: “And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.” We believe that being devoted to all of the above will result in lost souls coming to Christ. We believe in “lifestyle evangelism.” In other words, a person grounded in the Word who walks in the Spirit, loves the Lord and his fellow Christians, communes with the Lord daily in prayer and personal Bible study, goes out of his way to meet the needs of others and has a thankful attitude will be such a strong attraction that lost people will be drawn to him and desire to have what he has. We believe that if we devote ourselves to these things, God will honor that devotion and open doors for us to articulate our faith and add to our number those who are being saved! We will do everything necessary to enfold new converts into the church family and train them to do the work of the ministry. Those who are spiritually mature will disciple less grounded members of the flock, training them to disciple others who will then carry on that tradition.

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