our vision is jesus. our mission is people. our cause is grace.
As a Christian community, CCIW exists only because of what Christ, in his life, death and resurrection, has done for us. It is on this conviction that we stand, and out of which our vision and values flow.
Our prayer at CCIW is:
to be a Biblically vital Christian community
where believers, as well as strangers to the love of Jesus,
grow more and more into
fully devoted children of God
who know, love and serve
the Lord Jesus Christ, his church and his world
in the power of the Holy Spirit,
to the glory of God the Father.
the means of grace
The structure of all our programs and activities follow what we call the “means of grace”. The phrase comes from the prayer of general thanksgiving in the Book of Common Prayer:
“We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessing of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.”
So, “means of grace” refers to God-given instruments through which he works by his Holy Spirit to pour out his grace upon us, conforming us to Christ.
The five means of grace are:
- Gathering regularly in corporate worship
- Sharing in a life of joyous fellowship
- Using our gifts to serve others in ministry
- Being rich in personal devotion
- Extending gracious witness to others.
Just as physical growth comes from having a good diet and good exercise routine, so the means of grace include both a good spiritual diet and a good spiritual exercise routine. Together, they make for a healthy Christian, who is growing more and more into a fully devoted child of God.