The Christian Image

Where I’m from, if you don’t own Chaco’s or an ENO hammock, you are questioned on your authenticity as a Christian. I put so much of my identity into these Christian trends, trying to create the perfect Christian image of myself to broadcast to others. The problem was that I focused more on my spiritual image than my actual spiritual relationship with Christ, and it left me feeling both empty and unsatisfied because I was seeking approval and praise through my peers rather than through God.

In today’s society, people are consumed by images and trends, and in our Christian youth culture we still face the same problem. From personal experience I can honestly say that I used to constantly compare how I looked as a Christian to others my age, both in person and on social media, and I know I am not the only one. As a young Christian culture, we are too wrapped up in our own worlds to actually take time to focus on God. We turn to our Christian peers and social media to grow in our faith, rather than turning to Christ. We spend more time “retweeting” and “liking” Bible verses people post and tweet, than actually reading verses from our Bibles. We start to believe that the verses we post on Facebook are more important than reaching out to others and spreading the Gospel face to face. We’ve created these great Christian images of ourselves, but the images lack content and have no real meaning behind them. We’ve put our identities and our lives into these images, only to realize that all we have created is a pretty picture that has no substance.

“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.” Ephesians 1:11 MSG

Yes, we should be images of Christ, but that image should not be based on our looks, it should be based on our actions and our faith. I have learned that you should not place your identity in worldly things. Despite the great image you can create for yourself, it will never compare to or satisfy you like an actual relationship with Christ can. No matter how many Christian trends you follow, it’s important to know that your true identity is found in Christ, not the world, and once you establish yourself in Jesus, you will truly learn who you are and what you are living for, and your worldly image will no longer matter.


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8:30 - Worship (1st Service)
Attended Nursery (0-2yr). Children (3yr-4th grade) are dismissed during the sermon to attend children's church.
9:40 - Focused Fellowship
This is a time of fellowship and refreshments throughout the building. Children pickup before or after Kids Praise.
10:00 - Adult Bible Classes & Kids Discipleship
Adult Bible Classes - locations vary. High School & Middle School Discipleship Groups in the Youth area. Kids Praise for 3yr-4th grade. Nursery 0-2yr.
11:00 - Worship (2nd Service) & Kids Bible Class
Attended Nursery (0-2yr). Children (3yr - 8th grade) are dismissed during the sermon to attend Bible classes.

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5:30 - Fellowship Meal
Adults - $4 and Students/Children $3 (during the school year)
6:30 - Passion Worship
Praise and worship time in the Worship Center.
6:30 - Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery group that provides a safe place to address and deal with life's hurts, habits and hang-ups.
7:00 - Bible Classes & Small Groups
Classes for children and adults of all ages and other ministry groups meet at various locations throughout the building.

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