CPC is united in our search for a Total Christ kind of Christian spirituality
You will see it all throughout our literature and printed on our bulletin covers—“that Christ might come to be first in everything” (Col.1:19-18). Yes, our name CHRIST Presbyterian Church really means that we want this to be all about Christ—HIS work, not ours, as the basis of our relationship to God and one another, and HIS glory, not ours or any popular leader, as the object of our ultimate affection and respect. But it needs to go beyond even this! It is our desire to experience TOTAL Christ not just one or another brand of Christ which would focus on one or another aspect of Christ’s ministry in our lives.
The term “Total Christ” originates from the 5th century pastor-theologian St. Augustine, who described the relationship of Christ’s incarnational ministry (past) to his ongoing ascension ministry (present) as “the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us; to that flesh is joined the church, and there is made total Christ, both head and body.” It is our intention to reunite these spiritualities that in modern history tend to be separated. These churches place heavy emphasis on both the grace of the gospel and the importance of the church as the locus of missions. They do not dichotomize teaching and community, but instead seek to show forth Christ’s life giving presence as these things are lived out in a particular community. We believe that gospel centered and missional are as inseparable as Christ’s head (Word) is to Christ’s body (temple)! [cf. Jn 1:14, Eph 1:22-23] Such churches seek to mediate Christ’s vivifying presence as our Prophet (through confessional teaching), Priest (through sacramental worship) and King (through communal formation).
Our search then is the search for Christ wherein it can be hopefully said that he is a “head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Eph.1:22-23, also 2:19ff). For more see In Search of "Total Christ": The Five Marks of A Holistic and Healthy Christian Life and Church located here