—Byron Peters, Pastor
“We are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Live in harmony with one another. Owe no one anything, except to love each other” (various passages from Romans).
I recently met a direct descendant of a family that moved to Chatham County in 1750. As we talked, we marveled together at the vision and stamina it takes to do something as significant as establish a farm in the wilderness, as his ancestors did.
Some ideas simply take years to germinate, take root, and grow.
In 2005 God led about 80 people to trust God to plant a church in Chapel Hill that “glorifies God by connecting the riches of Christ to the realities of life.”
From the very beginning, we envisioned a covenant community so robust, biblical and Christ centered that we would be connecting God’s tailored mercies in Christ to the very specific needs of life in the 21st century Chapel Hill--not just in sermons, but in small groups and personal conversations over a cup of coffee. We envisioned each member vitally connected to others and employing their gifts for the mutual upbuilding of the church.
So we went to work trying to get our heads and hearts around God’s heart for “one-anothering.” We practiced. We trained. We conferenced and read. Eventually God opened the door for Greg to complete his Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling and paved the way for Wes and Jacklyn to start Hope Counseling Services. It was a decade of growing, learning and prayer.
Beginning January 6 we are thrilled to be dedicating nine weeks to learning better how Jesus would have us care for one another, walk with one another, and share and bear life’s burdens. For maximum impact, we’re going for a triple whammy: Sermon series, small groups, and the Adult Education hour (led by Wes and Jacklyn Tubel) will all be dedicated to this topic.
You won’t want to miss any of it, because this is God’s heart (see verses above). Would you join us in praying that God will use this season to sink our roots more firmly into Christ, establish CCC as a community that really does deliver biblical mutual care, and mature us into a church that connects the riches of Christ to the day-to-day realities of life?