CHRIST-CENTERED INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP
"He must increase, but I must decrease." - John 3:30
CHRIST-CENTERED INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP exists to love our God and fellow men and fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the leading of God’s Word. (Matthew 22:36-40; Matthew 28:18-20; Psalm 119:105)
Hot Off the Press
By Pastor Melvin Guerrero
A few years ago, whenever we go to the mall, I always sense the utter excitement of my two bright-eyed little girls who can’t wait to run around the place and start pointing fingers at the things that they want their daddy and mommy to buy for them (and it takes a huge amount of skill to redirect their attention). My daughters get so excited that they can’t figure out whether they want to eat ice cream or go to the kiddie rides! They are so carefree and full of life! No worries - mommy and daddy will take care of everything.
I wish I could have that type of childlike wonder again.I can't help but miss the feeling of being free of reservations and fears with the assurance that someone will always provide for things that I need (with the occasional wants). It seems that when one grows older, it becomes harder to rely on faith. Our society tells us to do more to acquire more so we could please ourselves more. As if everything that we enjoy in life is because of our doing. And with this false sense of stability, worry creeps in.
Of course, everyone worries. I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t expressed worry. It is hard to admit it, but I am part of the majority. We are anxious about the basic needs of life – food, clothing and shelter. We worry if we would still have jobs tomorrow so we go gung-ho in our careers just to please our superiors or the people around us.
This is what the devil uses to keep God’s children away from the things that truly matter most - time with family and most especially with the Lord. Though it isn’t bad to give our best at work, we should not let work get the best of us. He urges us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all our needs and blessings will be given to us (Matt.6:33).
This is the type of attitude that God wants from us. We are told in God’s Word that we should not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God (Phil. 4:6) since all things are possible with God (Mark 10:27). In other words, we are told to have faith. Well, not just any type of faith, but childlike faith (Matt. 18:3) - absolute reliance on our Father in heaven.
Whenever I wonder about how much God cares for us, I begin by attempting to look at the Lord’s perspective as a parent through my eyes as a parent (however feeble it may be). I know for a fact that my wife and I would rather die than let anything happen to our children, whether or not they are able to do the same for us.
Now, if humans are capable of this type of selfless and unconditional love for their children, how much more our Father in Heaven? With this analogy, I am comforted by the fact that we have a God who does even more.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25-34 not to worry but to have faith in our Lord to provide for us just as He provides for the birds in the air. Jesus placed such negativity on worrying that it is considered a sin – an activity of pagans or godless individuals (ouch!). Here, we are given the idea that the true child of God believes in an all powerful Savior and knows that God is in control of everything. This is what sets apart the believers from the unbelievers. So those who are in Christ should hold on to the hope that is anchored in the Lord. So why worry? Christ is all we need after all.
I cast all my cares upon you
I lay all of my burdens down at your feet
Anytime I don't know what to do
I will cast all my cares upon you - from Kid's Praise 5
About CHRIST-CENTERED INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP (CCIF)
To grow multitudes of committed followers of our Lord Jesus Christ aiming to transform lives, families and communities for Christ in Jacksonville.
To develop and promote a Christ-centered life through the study of God's word by corporate worship and by small group gatherings.
We believe that God is one (Dt. 6:4), the ultimate (Ps. 97:9; Isa.40:12-31), an eternal being (Ps.90:2), the one who created all (Gen.1:1), the one who rules all (Ps. 115:3) and sustains all (Job 38; Acts 17:24-28). He exists in three persons: God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb 1:8; 1 Peter 1:2).
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God that is the only source of truth and enlightenment (Psalm 19:8; 119:105,130; Proverbs 6:23). It is inspired by God for teaching, for reproof, for correction and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21) and gives us hope (Romans 15:4; 1 John 5:13).
We believe that the only way to God and salvation is through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6; John 3:16; Rom. 5:8)
We affirm both the Baptist Faith and Message and abstract principles of the Christian faith.
Christ-centered (John 14:6; Hebrews 12:2)
Obedient to God’s Word (Josh. 1:8; John 14:15)
Devoted to the fellowship (Heb 10:25; Acts 2:42)
Committed to evangelism and discipleship (2 Tim 2:2; Matt 28:18-20)
Passionate in serving (Psalm 100:2; Gal 5:13; Col 3:23)
Fervent in prayer (1 Thess. 5:16-18)
A. Win the home
B. Win the community
A. Home Bible Studies
B. Corporate Worship
C. Evangelistic Events
A. Pray for the salvation of the lost.
B. Pray for the ministries of the church.
C. Pray for harmony and
unity in the church.
A. Community involvement
Jesus Christ is the head of CCIF (Col.1:8; 1 Cor. 12:27; Eph.1:22). Guided by God’s word (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Psalm 119:105), final church decisions would be made by the congregation, who is led by the Lord’s appointed under-shepherd in the church, the pastor (Acts 20:28; 1 Thes. 5:12; Heb. 13:17), who is then assisted by the deacons (Phil.1:1) who will serve alongside the rest of the Body of Christ (Rom. 12:3-8).
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Midweek Service - Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Main Worship Service - Sunday, 10:45 a.m.