You belong to the family of God
My brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.
You were wonderfully made in the image of God
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
You are valuable not for what you do but for who you are
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
We live in a broken world just turn on the news for a few minutes or do an honest evaluation of your own life and you will see that we are all broken
It was not the original plan and the good news is there is a way our of brokenness.
You were not made to walk alone. Gen 2:18 The Lord God said, " It is not good that the man should be alone.
We have created casual environments where you can come as you are and connect with other people that are also looking for peace, joy and contentment in their lives.
Life on Life is how Jesus lived. He spent 74% of his time with his disciples not leading a Bible study but rather pouring himself into them modeling what life is supposed to look like. He then commissioned them to do the same for other men and woman struggling to find meaning in life.
My name is Jeremiah Carlson and this is my beautiful wife Cristina Carlson.
I gave my life to Jesus 20 years ago and made him the Lord of my life. I attended church, lead and participated in many small groups and served my community yet my faith did not grow very deep.
Then six years ago a man named Brian pulled me aside and said that he has been a pastor for over 30 years and has been modeling Life on Life discipleship for many years. He asked me if I would be interested in a one on one relationship where we would walk through life together for the next year studying God's word and living it out together. To be honest I was a little bit hesitance but felt the pull to do it so I did.
We met at his house every Friday for a year and during that year I grew closer to God than all of the 20 years prior combined.
After we completed that season of life on life discipleship he told me to do what we showed me with other men so I have been doing just that ever since.
My wife is also in a season of personal discipleship where she is laboring in the lives of other woman.
We feel that the best way to grow the kingdom of God is to labor in the lives of a few and multiplying. This is the way Jesus modeled for us so we are going to follow his example.
Cristina and I both have successful careers and plan on continuing to work. We do not want to put a burden on the church members to pay our salaries and just want to serve and help people find God and grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus.
The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others - 2 Timothy 2:2
We exist to train and practice the behaviors of
Learning is what a person does,
Training is something they receive
We believe there is one divine being who has existed eternally. He exists and reveals Himself to man in three distinct, equally divine persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. While we cannot fully comprehend His divine nature, it is possible for people to know Him. At the beginning of time, God created the entire universe and all its creatures. He continues to exercise His supreme power to sustain His creation. Throughout history He has expressed His desire to be our God and to have a personal, eternal relationship with us. We believe that God loves us and wants what is best for us.
We believe that Jesus is the eternal divine Son of God. He chose voluntarily to be made in human likeness and was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.
Although He lived a sinless life He allowed Himself to be executed by crucifixion. His death paid the penalty for the offenses of mankind against God. However, as prophesied, He rose from the dead three days after His execution. After appearing to witnesses on a number of occasions for forty days, He ascended into heaven where He now serves as the Mediator between God and man. We believe that at the end of time He will again visibly return to earth to complete His eternal plan
About the Holy Spirit
The third person of God is the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit dwells in every Christ follower. His indwelling presence gives spiritual life to believers and distinguishes them as children of God. The Holy Spirit guides Christ followers in understanding and applying God’s principles and values. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, Christ followers are empowered to live Christ-like lives. The Holy Spirit also equips Christ followers with talents and abilities for the purpose of building up God’s kingdom.
God created mankind to live in relationship with Him. However, the first man and woman were deceived by Satan. They rebelled and chose to be wrongfully independent from God. Their decision alienated them from God. Every human being since that time has suffered the consequences of that rebellion. We all fail to please God and are open to Satan’s deception. Our failure to please God, unless a relationship is re-established with Him, results in condemnation under God’s judgment and would cause us to spend eternity in hell. Furthermore, there is nothing we can do on our own to reestablish our relationship with God.
About The Bible
God divinely inspired human authors to write the sixty-six books of the Bible. He communicated through these writers the values, principles, and ideals which please Him and are in our best interests. We believe the Bible is entirely accurate, complete, and reliable. We look to the Bible for the revelation of the character of God and the final authority on all matters of faith and conduct.
About A Relationship With God
Our inability to reestablish our relationship with God leaves us dependent on God’s mercy. God graciously provided the means to reconcile this relationship through faith in Jesus Christ. Our relationship is re-established when we make a commitment to accept Jesus as God’s son and our Savior and Lord. Through faith in Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven, and we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and eternal life.
Practically speaking, this acceptance is demonstrated through both a private and public commitment. We demonstrate our commitment privately by faith (acting upon our belief that God has the power to save us) and repentance (turning back to God and depending on Him to control our lives). We also publicly express our commitment by confessing our acceptance of God’s salvation and submitting ourselves in Christian baptism.
About The Christian Life
Once our relationship is re-established with God, we naturally want to spend time with Him and know Him better. The Holy Spirit enlightens us as we read God’s Word, the Bible, as we communicate with Him in prayer, and as we enter into loving relationships, Biblical community, with other Christ followers. In this way we begin to know God more intimately.
As we become acquainted with God we desire to be like Him and please Him. This process of spiritual development motivates us to seek ways to serve God and prepares us to spend eternity in fellowship with Him.
About the Church
We believe the church represents Jesus Christ to a needy world. The Bible speaks of the church as Christ’s body. It compares it to a living organism, where Jesus is the head. God arranges the parts of the body, Christ followers, just as He wants them to be. He gives each Christ follower special functions to perform for the good of the body. To remain healthy, the body’s members must work together. Each part contributes to the growth and maturity of the body. God works through the church to reconcile a lost world to Himself through Jesus Christ.
For this reason it is important for Christ followers to regularly gather together for the purpose of celebration. During celebration, Christ followers are equipped, built up, and encouraged through teaching, fellowship, prayer, and communion. Celebration in this way enables believers to serve one another and the unchurched people in their sphere of influence.
222 Community Church will be launching soon in Naples, Florida.
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