Mission and Vision

 

“WE EXIST TO KNOW GOD, LOVE GOD, AND LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL,

SO THAT WE MAY PRESENT EVERYONE COMPLETE IN CHRIST.”

 

Learning, Loving and Living have been our foundations at CV First for many years, and continue to be the hallmarks of our mission here in the local Castro Valley community and beyond.

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13)

 

LEARNING

By introducing and studying the Word of God, we will be able to help people know God more intimately and grow in Him intentionally.

LOVING

Only through our Savior can we grow in love for our neighbors. We want to help people grow in their passion for Christ and see it overflow into the lives in our community. “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 1:19)

LIVING

As we individually live our new lives in Christ, we as a church begin to powerfully serve our community in ways that we could have never imagined.

STATEMENT OF VALUES

  • Honoring God through personal, corporate and lifestyle worship
  • Empowering all believers for personal mission in the community and the world
  • Training for discipleship expressed in personal growth and service
  • The Bible as the authority for daily life
  • Growing intimacy with God through the discipline of prayer
  • Living Christ-centered lives demonstrated by embracing the things that matter most to God
  • Intentionally communicating Christ’s saving love through church activities and personal lifestyle
  • Partnering with families for growth in their relationships with Christ and each other
  • Being a community expressed in loving relationships

STATEMENT OF BELIEFS

  • There is one all-powerful God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit
  • God wants all people to have a personal, loving and growing relationship with Him through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
  • God loves all people and desires to accomplish His will through His followers
  • God directs, equips and encourages His followers through His Word (the Bible)
  • God listens, responds and speaks to His followers through prayer
  • God, through His Holy Spirit, frees His followers to share His saving grace with the world
  • God created the family, and spiritually healthy families to please and honor Him
  • God calls our community of followers to love, accept, encourage, and serve each other because we are one in Jesus Christ