Our Identity and Beliefs
The CCCF is an inter-denominational fellowship for all evangelical believers, existing to proclaim the gospel of Christ primarily to students of Chinese origin in and around Cambridge. By our own activities and our efforts to integrate CCCF members into local churches, we seek to prepare members to live for Christ and equip them to proclaim the gospel.
We believe in the sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement. We believe in the once and for all redemptive, substitutionary death of Christ, born of a virgin and fully God and fully man, who resurrected and is now the representative only mediator between God and man, an act accompanied by the work and indwelling of the Holy Spirit which makes Christ's death effective to the individual sinner, granting repentance and faith and empowering the believer. We believe in the divinely inspired, infallible nature of the Holy Scriptures and their supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. We believe in the future return of Jesus Christ to judge justly and receive the redeemed to eternal glory.
For a fuller explanation of our beliefs and identity, refer to our Constitution.
Theme of the Year - Love Thy Neighbour
"We love because He first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother or sister, whom they have not seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister."
(1 John 4:19-21)
Out of all the commandments in the Bible, loving God and loving our neighbor are the two greatest commandments. (Matthew 22:36-40) Loving God is at the core of our relationship with Him, and loving our neighbor as ourselves is an outpour of our love for God. Who then is our neighbour? (Luke 10: 25-37) Through the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus calls us to reflect on how we can be neighbors to people around us, by being “the one who had mercy on him”. Just as Jesus loved beyond borders in His ministry on earth, it is that selfless Christ-like love that we strive to grow within CF members. With the theme “Love Thy Neighbour”, we hope CF members as a body of Christ will journey to look beyond ourselves to the community that God has placed us in: the Cambridge community.
1 John 4:7-21 covers three main points on love: the source of love, the fruit of love, and the relationship between our love for God and love for one’s fellow Christian. It encapsulates how God is love, and because He is love and loves us deeply, we ought to live in His love and love our brothers and sisters around us.
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In
this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. — 1 John 4:17-21
Our theme verse for this year is 1 John 4:19-21, underlined above. By basing our love for others on how God first loved us, we hope to journey with each other in learning to love one another as deeply as Christ has loved us. We hope to bring CF members to a more complete understanding of God’s love for us, and how we can steward the gifts that God has blessed us with in service to the people around us.
one another in response to the love of Christ our Saviour (1 John 4:19)
actively to the people God has placed around us in Christ's love
our members to serve the local community we have been placed in and love our neighbours
alongside our members and pre-believing friends in the journey of faith in and relationship with Christ
Combined CGs (2020)
Michaelmas Week 1
The Freshers’ Squash is the first time that the CF meets in the academic year. There will be a short sharing on the CF, and this will be linked to our theme of the year, “Love Thy Neighbour”. There will be an introductory talk with introducing the various churches in Cambridge and CF members who attend them as points of contact. There will also be time allocated for the freshers to be introduced to their respective Cell Groups. This allows the freshers to be properly integrated into the faith community within the CF that they will meet with regularly every week.
Jesus' Heart for the Weak
Michaelmas Week 4
Given that our theme for AY2020/21 is “Love Thy Neighbour” and that the bible study will be on the miracles that Jesus did in healing and restoring demon possessed men in Matthew 8, we envision that it would be fitting to discuss how Jesus healed and loved during the time He was on earth, and how He still does that now. The session will be an opportunity to remind everyone of Jesus' heart for the weak and to come to know personally a God who loves so deeply.
The Great Commission
Michaelmas Week 7
In response to Jesus' demonstration of power and love on the cross, we are called to make disciples of all nations. What does that look like now, in terms of missions, or even within our sphere of influence? Through this session, we hope to inspire CF members to actively be a part of God’s plan of salvation, and touch on the urgency of bringing the gospel out into the world.
CF Day Away
In keeping with our tradition of holding an annual retreat over the Winter Break, this year the CCCF will meet for two days both online and in-person (subject to social distancing regulations) in December. Planned activities include an evangelism workshop, a time for bonding, a movie night, a prayer walk, and more! We hope that it will be a time of equipping, bonding, reflecting, and praying as we take stock of the past year together as a community and draw close to God and one another.
Combined CGs (2021)
Faith in Action
Lent Week 3
What does faith in action look like, and how can we be a part of His story of redemption for the world? In preparation for CICCU’s Events Week and our CNY evangelistic events, we hope to spend some time thinking about what it means to live righteously as believers in Christ and how to put our faith into action.
Love in Action
Lent Week 7
As we head deeper into the academic year, it is prime time to shift our focus from discussing the subject of love to equipping for action. 'Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ' (1 John 3:18) Through a panel sharing on how serving a local community looks like, wherever we may be, we hope to encourage our members to serve actively
with the gifts that they have received from Christ. Whether it’s through practical service, prayer, exhortation or small acts of kindness, everyone has a role to play in planting a seed of love in the lives of the people around them.
Lent Week 5
In this combined gathering, we will look back on God's faithfulness throughout the past year and hand over the leadership roles in the CF with celebration, worship and prayer.
Easter Week 3
In the last Combined CG of the year, we express our gratitude for our leavers - for their presence, contributions, and love throughout the years. We then send them off with prayers and blessings.
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