Our church is committed to gospel transformation.
In fact, our motto is: Transformed people, transforming life, transforming the world.
Transformation is a key Bible word, one that hints (but not subtly!) at change, conversion and metamorphasis. In the Bible, such change isn't driven by personal moral or religious efforts, but is empowered by God's Spirit through the gospel. He activates change in people, not through guilt and law, but through grace. This change is only possible because Christ already put to death on his cross the old life of sin and death, and burst open the tomb in his resurrection to inaugurate new life, resurrection life, eternal life for all who trust Christ.
The city of Jacksonville has the largest land mass of any city in the United States. Due to its size and the presence of the mighty St. John’s river that bisects it, this city is broken into many smaller communities, each with its own unique culture. When we studied the uniqueness of our city, convinced of God’s desire to transform it with the Gospel, it became apparent that the most effective way to do this was to start new congregations in its diverse communities.
With 40 adults and 25 children from our congregation in Mandarin, we enact this vision in September 2010 as we launch the second congregation of Christ Church on the east side of Jacksonville near the University of North Florida and St. John's Town Center.
Our goal is to launch a new congregation every few years, each one an outpost of the one gospel we embrace, each one living and praying to transform the city into one that loves God and values what He values.