Catalina Foothills Church exists to exalt Christ and make disciples through gospel-centered worship, community, discipleship, and mission.
Love God | Love People | Make Disciples
Catalina Foothills Church seeks to glorify God by exalting Christ in our corporate worship and our individual lives, by equipping God’s people to take the transforming power of the gospel into every area of society - the arts, athletics, business, education, law, medicine, the military, politics, and other areas. In order to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission, we seek to be a gospel-centered community on mission with Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Discipleship happens when the three spheres of gospel, community, and mission come together.
The gospel, or good news of Jesus Christ shapes all that we are and all that we do. The gospel is not the ABC’s of the Christian life it is the A to Z’s of the Christian life. It is not only the door, but the path we will journey on our entire lives. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the message through which someone believes and is rescued from death to life. It is also the message that needs to be believed to bring further growth and ongoing transformation into the likeness of Jesus for the Christian, as well as knowledge and application of God’s Word. As we focus on Christ, we are motivated and empowered by the Spirit to obey God's Word in order to grow in Christ-likeness.
All of life is an ongoing process of repenting of sin and believing deeper in the gospel message and its implications for a life of faith and obedience. Making disciples, means all of life being under, and transformed by and through the message of the gospel and everything we believe and do as a church is rooted in this truth. (1 Cor. 15:1-11; Col. 1). The story of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation roots us in history, shapes our present, and gives us hope for the future. Our goal is to be gospel-centered in worship, community, discipleship, and mission.
The gospel not only redeems and changes individuals but it places us in community. Christ died not only to give us the gift of eternal life but the gift of a new family, a new community, the body of Christ, the church. In Tim Keller's book, Center Church, he shares this amazingly insightful and biblical point:
"The gospel creates community. Because it points us to the One who died for his enemies, it creates relationships of service rather than selfishness. Because it removes both fear and pride, people get along inside the church who could never get along outside. Because it calls us to holiness, the people of God are in loving bonds of mutual accountability and discipline. Thus the gospel creates a human community radically different from any society around it.
Accordingly, the chief way in which we should disciple people (or, if you prefer, to form them spiritually) is through community. Growth in grace, wisdom, and character does not happen primarily in classes and instruction, through large worship gatherings, or even in solitude. Most often, growth happens through deep relationships and in communities where the implications of the gospel are worked out cognitively and worked out practically-in ways no other setting or venue can afford.
"Missional communities are not programs of a church; missional communities are the Church. In other words, the way God intends his people to live and thrive as disciples of Jesus is in the context of a community, growing in the gospel and on mission together."
The essence of becoming a disciple is, to put it colloquially, becoming like the people we hang out with the most. Just as the single most formative experience in our lives is our membership in a nuclear family, so the main way we grow in grace and holiness is through deep involvement in the family of God. Christian community is more than just a supportive fellowship; it is an alternative society. And it is through this alternate human society that God shapes us into who and what we are."
Community is the context for discipleship (Acts 2). Community is where we practice the "one anothers." Community is what God uses to form us into His missional people and where neighbors become believers. In short, the church is a people, not a place. We don't go to church; we are the church.
The gospel creates a new community and this same gospel propels us on Jesus' worldwide mission. The gospel changes people into missionaries who walk with Jesus in their everyday lives with the goal of telling others about the good news of salvation in Christ and His kingdom which has come and will come in all its glory. When God calls His people to Himself, He also sends them out. God is a missionary God. In John 20:21 Jesus says “as the Father has sent Me, so now I send you.”
This mission involves two things: 1. An intentional life lived in the various spheres of influence (workplace, neighborhood, marketplace, etc.) where we share the gospel with those God has placed around us. 2. A life that is devoted to mercy that meets the tangible physical and emotional needs of those in our spheres of influence. The first is the declaration of the gospel and the second is the demonstration of the implications of the gospel. As we become more and more missional, the gospel will spread, lives will be changed, Christ's reign will be brought to bear upon all areas of society, and disciples, gospel communities, as well as churches will multiply.
In Christopher Wright's book, The Mission of God, he writes,
Mission is not ours; mission is God’s. It is not so much that God has a mission for his church in the world; rather, God has a church for his mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission—God’s mission. “Missional church,” therefore, is something of a tautology (like “female women”); if it isn’t missional, it isn’t church. A “church” may be a group of people doing religious things together, but if it is not participating in the purposes of God in the world and for the world, it has lost the plot and forgotten the reason for its own existence.