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 you 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 our faith. Our desire is for you to find that special place where you can become more like Jesus and the very best version of yourself, and we want you to be close enough to hear Him whisper as He calls you on to the future He has planned for you.
This year we have committed to living Life in the Light, keeping nothing hidden from God and recognizing that He sees everything and will hold us accountable for our deeds. In Hebrews 4:13 we are reminded, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account”.
Jesus reminds us in Matthew 5 that we are to be a light in the darkness, like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. As Christians we have a responsibility to let the testimony of our lives be seen by others. The gift of God is not meant to be hidden away. When we share with others what God has done in us and for us, we offer hope to others. This is not for our own edification, but rather an act of gratitude and for God’s glory so that others may choose to know Him.
How we live reflects on God because we are His children and bear His name. We cannot dismiss the importance of the role we play as ambassadors for our Father. In Matthew 5:13, Jesus warns that we are the salt of the earth, but if we lose our flavor, we provide no benefit and therefore serve no purpose. By staying in the light and away from the darkness, we allow Christ to shine in our lives. We can live free from guilt, without shame, without regret, and in the light of a love that cannot be overcome.