Culture & Values
Jesus invited the disciples to follow Him in faith and community before He asked them to believe. Jesus understood the importance of belonging. CNaz is a community where everyone is welcome, so we invite you to come and be a part of the community here. We laugh, we cry, we argue, we encourage, and we love one another. We aren’t perfect, but we’re a great place to grow. No one should do life alone, come find where you belong.
Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts and waits expectantly for us to answer and invite Him in. Our belief in Him and His teachings are our road map, not only to eternal life but also to a life well lived. While believing is not a requirement for belonging to the community of our church, our desire is for everyone to come into a full understanding of who Jesus is, to have a life-altering, transformational encounter with Him, and to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.
Jesus desires a deeper walk with each of us. Jeremiah 29:11 promises that God has plans for us -
good plans that will give us hope and a thriving future. Yet in order for us to receive the very best that God has intended, we must learn to lean into our faith and rely more fully on Him. This includes reading and studying His Word, spending time in prayer, and actively serving one another as we work out or faith. Our desire is for everyone to find that special place where they can become more like Jesus and the very best version of themselves. We also want you to be close enough to hear Him whisper as He calls your name.
The concept of Esse quam videri, or “to be rather than to seem” is a challenge for us to be authentic. In the church and in the world there are many masks. There are those who pretend to be what they are not, following the old adage of fake it, until you make it. Yet Christ calls us to something more; to be transparent, to be vulnerable, to be real. He asks us to be weak, yet promises that it is in our weakness that He is made strong.
In Japan, there is a practice called Kintsukuroi that involves repairing broken pottery with gold. The golden veins highlight rather than conceal the imperfections and strengthen the vessel. This is what Christ does for us. II Corinthians 4:7 reminds us that “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us”. Though we are broken, earthen jars, Christ shines through us. His light, mercy, and glory, not our own, strengthen us along our fault-lines and make us beautiful, even in all of our imperfections. Our broken places that have been healed shine as a testimony of who He is and who we’ve become because of Him. We honor God far more by being who we are and allowing God to be glorified in our imperfections, than by attempting to seem as though we have no flaws. Only by being who we are, are we able to become who He has called us to be. When we chase after God's Grace we allow his power and light to shine in our lives in a way that gives others permission to accept His grace too.
Lord, may your light shine through the broken places in my life so completely that I become a testimony of Your amazing love and grace. Let me chase after those things which glorify You as I offer that same love, grace, and acceptance to others.