That our love for Christ would be visible and change the lives of all on our campus.
“Our love” speaks first to a unity found in the fellowship. Our desire is to see a unified, common love for Christ that is visible to the world – especially the University of Waterloo, our immediate local context. According to the Bible, the world will know that we are Christians by our love (John 13:35), a love that is made visible in the way that we speak, act, and think (Matthew 5:16). This will be visible to the world and will change the loves of those who see it: either as an aroma of life unto life or death unto death (2 Corinthians 2:16).
The way we live will have real implications on the eternity of others around us.
These four pillars guide the way that we think about and plan events for the CCF.
1. Exalting the Lord Jesus Christ: This is the first and primary charge of all Christians and for the UWCCF. In all that we do, we are to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Establishing a Family of Believers: The Christian life is meant to be lived in community primarily and foremost in the context of the local church, however, the UWCCF serves as a community of believers alongside the church and in no means replacing it.
3. Equipping Believers for the Mission: We desire to equip each other in our regular studying of the Word of God and by building each other up in our time of fellowship together.
4. Extending the Kingdom: Following the Great Commission and the vision statement, the last pillar is to extend the Kingdom of Heaven on the campus of UW by making disciples of all nations on our campus.
Statement of Faith
The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, God’s inerrant Word which includes the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. It is the infallible, authoritative, and normative rule of all Christian life, practice, and doctrine. The core Biblical teachings that we explicitly affirm are as follows:
1. The Trinity: We believe that there is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty, and perfect in holiness, truth, and love. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal, and co-eternal. One God eternally existing in three persons.
2. The Father: We believe that God the Father is the creator of heaven and earth. By His Word and for His glory, He freely and supernaturally created the world out of nothing. Through the same Word, He daily sustains all creation. He rules over all and His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted.
3. Jesus Christ: We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the manifestation of God in the flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man. Through Him, all things came into being and were created. He was before all things, and in Him, all things hold together by the word of His power.
4. The Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life. He is the Third Person of the trinity and unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth and dwells within the regenerate. He has come to glorify the Son who, in turn, came to glorify the Father, leading the Church into orthodoxy and orthopraxy.
5. The Condition of Man: We believe that though God had made man – male and female – in His own image as the crown of creation, humanity was tempted by Satan and rebelled against God and thus subject to rightful punishment in hell. Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ alone.
6. Salvation: We believe that our salvation is wholly a work of God’s free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works, goodness, or religious ceremony. The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and is the substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. There is no other name by which man can be saved.
7. Resurrection: We believe that Jesus resurrected three days after His death on the cross in our place. Redeeming us from sin, He rose bodily from the grave on the third day, victorious over death and the powers of darkness and performing many convincing proofs of His resurrection. He ascended into heaven and intercedes for His people at the right hand of God.
8. The Consummation: We believe that Jesus Christ will return to the earth again – personally, visibly, and bodily – to consummate history and the entire plan of God. The lost will be raised to judgement and experience eternal wrath in hell. The saved will be raised to eternal joy in the new heaven and new earth in the presence of God.
9. The Great Commission: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel and disciple men and women throughout the world. The fulfillment of the Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambition be subordinated to a total commitment to God alone.
Committee of Winter 2020
Every March, all active members of the CCF are invited to partake in a general election for the committee of the upcoming academic year. Members are nominated for the election and if elected serve for 3-term period, officially starting in the Fall term until the end of the Spring term. If an elected committee member is away during a term for co-op or any other reason, the elected committee has the right to appoint another person to fill the vacancy for the specified term. For more specific details regarding the way our fellowship is run, please check our constitution.