What does authentic community look like?
Christ distributes courage through community; He dissipates doubts through fellowship. He never deposits all gifts in one person but distributes the pieces of the jigsaw image to many people. When you interlock your piece with mine, we share our graced abilities, and stand firm in the reality of the person of Truth, Jesus. We can honor, confess and pray, and into us Christ speaks and empowers us to serve each other.
These spiritual friendships are at the heart of everything we do as the Church. Without them we cease to be full disciples of Jesus. We gather to be strengthened and encouraged, but we also go as community to bring healthy change to a hurting world!
Vitality of Community
Our HOPE Communities are becoming the heart of our church. We believe that if we are being the Church by demonstrating Christ’s love with each other, it will be possible to love God and others with our whole lives. Thus, Community is an essential part of who we are as our local church. It provides a place where deeper friendships and better support for one another can take place while we invest in our neighborhood. With Crosspointe, we believe that Community is absolutely vital to our spiritual lives. Considering that the early church worshipped in large settings in the temple courts, and the synagogues as well as in homes. We unite together similarly in order to be in deeper relationship with God and each other. God has reconciled us not only to Himself but also to each other. This “each other” when gathered together is called His Church. Thus, we intentionally move towards community when we gather together in homes, men’s/women’s groups, and other personal settings.
A Community of HOPE
We gather as God’s people each weekend for WORSHIP & SERVICE, but often this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to being the Church of Jesus. We have to intentionally gather repeatedly throughout the week and month, not just to meet but because we know these relationships are essential to our wellbeing.
One of the ways we do this is as Communities of HOPE. During this season, we are learning what it means to be Communities of HOPE. A HOPE Community is a collective of 2-4 Fellowships (small discipleship groups) and those neighbors in relationship with the gathered disciples (Usually a HOPE Community is 20-70 people including youth & kids). Our purpose is to live as community–
practicing our values; celebrating & having fun together; sharing in rites of passage (and other sacramental instances); supporting each other; and to love our neighbors. Following the end of “Stay-at-Home order we will be 3 HOPE Communities, 2 gathering in North Charlotte, and 1 in Southeast Charlotte. We serve the neighborhoods of Davis Lake-Eastfield, Highland Creek, and Prosperity Village, as well as other neighborhoods like: Stonehaven in Southeast Charlotte. Our Northeast Charlotte HOPE Communities are currently meeting via Zoom every week.
The acronym HOPE stands for our four values.
Welcome Home, Orient to Christ, Progress Together, Extend Life Everlasting.