We exist to make disciples who treasure Christ, love the church, love the city, and love the world.
We pray that God would form this type of church here at Treasuring Christ Church (TCC):
A church where Jesus would be treasured in the hearts of the people of TCC feeding on God's word and consistently in the desperate anticipation of prayer. That the church would genuinely live in community as family on mission. That this family of TCC would live free from jealousy and selfish ambition, talk more about evidences of God’s grace than failures, grow by the power of the Spirit in the fruit he promises to work in us, and be known as a gracious, forgiving community. This family would equip one another to be followers who understand and live humbly in their gifts for the good of others. A people who would stand together as a community of strong harmony in the midst of striking ethnic and economic diversity. A church community that lives distinct from the world for the world. A church that loves this city and would be the mercy-filled conduit of God's love to the poor- the abandoned, lonely, and afflicted. A church that would be a visible expression of God's power to unite the down and out with the upwardly mobile making the two cities of downtown Raleigh one in Christ. That TCC would plant and replant this vision in churches throughout this nation and to the ends of the earth.
We Are Pursuing...
- Joy in God. We believe God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him; therefore, to worship God is to be a people who find full joy in Him even in and through suffering and see the pleasures of sin as fleeting and hopeless (Psalm 27:4; 37:4;100:2; 2 Corinthians 6:10; Philippians 3:1)
- Bible-saturation. We want to be saturated with the word of God in order that we may be nurtured ourselves, growing deep in him, and in order that we may have a foundation upon which to teach, reprove, correct, and train the church in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- Prayerfulness. In desperate anticipation, we long to be driven by prayer because it is the power for all of life and a reflection of our absolute dependence upon Christ for all things (Philippians 4:6-8; Ephesians 6:16-17).
Loving the Church
- A Community of Grace- The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of grace. Having been rescued from our sin by the grace of God, we want to create an environment where we remind one another of grace especially when we make mistakes. Seeing the church as the primary context for growing in this gospel of grace, we will regularly talk about the evidences of God’s grace, point one another to our need for Christ, fight alongside one another against sin with the promises of God, and act in His grace for the joy of the church and for His glory (Acts 20:24; Galatians 1:6; Ephesians 2:8).
- Humility- God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, so we desire to be a church that cultivates humility through intimate relationships, care, confession of sin, forgiveness, inviting correction, admonishment, meaningful church membership, church discipline, and gospel encouragement (1 Thess. 5:12-13; 1 Peter 5:5b-7).
- Biblical Roles- Believing that submission is necessary for healthy living and seeing that God’s order is the best order, we gladly promote a plurality of elders (humble male pastors) and deacons (the exemplary servants) to lead the church. The church is to equip husbands and wives to fulfill their different, yet complementary roles, to train parents to raise Christ-adoring kids, and to foster healthy biblical relationships for singles (1 Tim 2:8-3:17; Ephesians 5:22-6:4; 1 Corinthians 7:32-38).
Loving the City and Loving the World
- Intentional Living- Believing the church is not a building or simply what you do Sunday, we want to be a community of believers that is intentional with all of life from where we live, to how we spend our money knowing that God has placed us where we are for the spreading of His fame (Matthew 28:19; 1Corinthians 10:31-33).
- Compassion- Stirred up by biblical commands, compassion for people drives us to lay down our lives for the poor, diseased, abused, and brokenhearted (Psalm 147:1-3; Jeremiah 22:16; Matthew 25:31-46; Galatians 2:10).
- Harmony- Harmony among all races and socio-economic groups will display the power of the gospel, help mature the church, and will enable us to reflect heaven more clearly (Ephesians 3:10; Revelation 5:9).
- Multiplication- People who have been changed by grace want to see more lives transformed. We not only want to grow as followers of Christ but we want to multiply God’s church by making more followers of Jesus through life-on-life, community groups, church planting, and church reformation among all peoples (Matthew 28:19-20; Psalm 67:4-5).