CCC is a Christian Church located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana near the LSU campus. Our goal as a fellowship of believers is simple: to be a church that reflects the character of God. We believe that God has created us to know and worship Him. As a church, we seek to reflect Him in what we believe as a local church and how we live together as a church family.
First, we want to Glorify God by worshiping Him with all of our lives. The picture painted in Revelation is of a people who find their greatest fulfillment in bringing honor and glory to God. Ultimately, this is what we want to do at Christ Covenant Church. We want to work toward that end and relate all that we do back to this central purpose for our existence.
Second, we want to extend the Glory of God by nurturing, strengthening and raising up worshipers. God’s Word, the Sacraments (Baptism and Lord’s Table), prayer and fellowship are the fundamental means by which God feeds and nurtures His children so that we become more like Christ and are equipped for every good work He has called us to do.
Finally, we want to help grow the family of worshipers by being faithful at evangelism and missions. Another way to describe this goal is to say that we want to be a church which engages and practices evangelism and missions as a lifestyle so that, in all that we do, we reflect God’s initiating and outward movement of love toward the lost. The goal of incarnating the gospel in both word and deed is not numerical church growth, per se, but to spread the glory of God by multiplying worshipers of God and bring more and more people into the White Hot Worship of God. As we see it, our worship (see #1 above), then, serves as both the fuel of our evangelism/missions and the goal of it.
The story of worship is God’s Story or the gospel. The gospel is the good news that God in Christ has intervened into human history to establish his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Because this story of redemption is at the center of the Scriptures, we are constantly rehearsing the gospel story in our worship service—through singing, prayers, Scripture reading, sermon and the Lord’s Table.
Historically, the Christian church has rehearsed this gospel story by following a four-fold pattern for worship: Gathering, Ministry of the Word, Ministry of the Table, Dismissal.
In the Gathering: Here the emphasis is on “coming into God’s presence” for worship as a people of God. In this stage, there is music and singing, an invocation and greeting, time of announcements and, finally, a Call to Worship where worshipers respond to God’s word with confession of sin and receive God’s assurance of forgiveness.
In the Ministry of the Word: Here the emphasis is on “hearing from God.” While this occurs through selected psalms, hymns and spiritual songs that proclaim to us the God of the Scriptures, our time devoted to the Public Reading of Scripture and the Sermon is the major avenues by which God speaks to us on Sunday morning.
In the Ministry of the Table: Here the emphasis is on “Remembering” -i.e. God remembering His covenant with us as His People, and us remembering and renewing our covenant with God. Our current practice is to celebrate the Lord’s Table together on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month.
The Dismissal: This is the shortest portion of our worship service, but it is not without its importance. Here the emphasis is on “going” back into the world to be salt and light and a benediction is offered on behalf of the people until we meet again for worship.
What are you looking for in a church? Another way to put it may be, “What do you value in a church?” It’s a very important question. And not just for pastors, but for all of those who seek to follow Jesus and are part of the people of God.