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 - Living Hope
"In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade." (1 Peter 1:3 - 4a)
As Peter contends, as Christians we are born into a living hope on the basis of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. In working through the abject despair of the death of Jesus to enact the salvation of all men, God restores to us the possibility and palpability of hope, a trust in the rebirth and sanctification that accompanies our coming to Christ. In 1 Peter, Peter outlines God’s mercy as the basis of this living hope and takes this as the basis to spur on the “exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia”. He addresses the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1), encourages the church to live godly lives amidst the difficulties imposed by pagan societies (1 Peter 2-3), and to persist in the midst of suffering owing to the reward we have in Jesus (1 Peter 4-5).
It is with good reason that Peter frames his letter with reference to the living hope we have in Jesus:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. - 1 Peter 1:3-9
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With this in mind, we shall strive to remind one another as a fellowship of the imperishable and permanent quality of the reward we have in Christ, of being known intimately and wonderfully, of being received by His mercy and grace, and of the impetus we have to honour Him in all that we do. In doing so, we further hope to encourage our friends to live lives that reflect Christ, and for their lives to serve as countercultural witnesses to their pre-believing friends, for as Charles Spurgeon writes:
"Other hopes fade like withering flowers. The hopes of the rich, the boasts of the proud, all these will die out as a candle when it flickers in the socket. The hope of the greatest monarch has been crushed before our eyes; he set up the standard of victory too soon, and has seen it trailed in the mire. There is no unwaning hope beneath the changeful moon: the only imperishable hope is that which climbs above the stars, and fixes itself upon the throne of God and the person of Jesus Christ."
Combined CGs (2019)
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 Gospel, and this will be linked to our theme of the year, “Living Hope”. 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 during dinner. This allows the freshers to be properly integrated into the faith community within the CF that they will meet with regularly every week.
A Living Hope
Michaelmas Week 4
Given that our theme for AY2019/20 is “Living Hope”, we envision that it would be spiritually beneficial to begin the academic year by reminding our members of the Living Hope that we have in Christ Jesus that will never fade away. The session will be an opportunity to keep everyone rooted in the faith for the upcoming academic year despite the struggles that await, whether academically, spiritually, or in any other form.
Michaelmas Week 7
Biblical stewardship is the acknowledgement of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all areas of Christian living. This broad idea suggests that all that we have, no matter in what form, is given graciously by God. Financial anxiety often compromises the ability to remember God’s sovereignty over our money, and clouds our recognition of the future God has secured. As the majority of our members are international students, there is an additional element of vocational uncertainty with regard to where people will be living and working in the future. Many of our members are also receiving scholarships for their studies, meaning that they have been fully funded and are financially independent through their undergraduate years. Through this session, we hope to provide a biblical perspective to guide our view on how Christians should look at and manage their finances in this materialistic world, and learn how to share this blessing in different areas for God’s glory.
Combined CGs (2020)
CF Day Away: New Creation
Lent Week 1
Genesis 1:26-28, Gen 9:6, 2 Cor 5:16-21
After the Fall, humans have been poor stewards in working and taking care of the world (Gen 2:15) that was created and given to us by the Lord. However, as God’s image remains intact in fallen man (Gen 9:6), and we are now incorporated into Christ, the perfect and ultimate exemplar of the image of God, we should live out our relationship as God wills it.
Hence, our reconciliation with God should transform our relationships with nature. Douglas J. Moo argues that the “new creation” spoken of in 2 Corinthians 5:17 refers not to the destruction of this world, but a renewal of it. This provides a substantial basis to preserve and protect the environment as our efforts will not be in vain.
Having been born again in Christ, we have been transformed in His likeness and are called to love our neighbours. This provides the basis for us to reconsider our relationship with the earth and its resources, from an exploitative one that reaps benefits at the expense of those who suffer, but to one based in care and sensitivity towards the earth. We hope to explore these themes during our Day Away and encourage one another to recognise our ability to respond to challenges we face at present while holding to the certain future we have in God’s New Creation.
Honouring God in our Relationships
Lent Week 4
Serving as both a Valentine’s Day special and an opportunity to discuss issues raised in 1 Peter with regard to relationships, we hope to bring forth and discuss the holistic notion of glorying God in our romantic lives. Wisdom in romance is vital whether in marriage or dating, but is often overlooked or poorly handled within Christian communities. Through dialogue with our invited speakers, we hope to ground such discussions in a Biblical perspective and equip our members with handles to approach relationships with wisdom and discretion.
Race and the Church
Lent Week 7
What responsibility does the church have in upholding and defending the multicultural of contemporary society? In this session, that will be jointly organised with Just Love, we hope to provide a space where honest discussions of diversity, racial discrimination, and the strength of the multi-ethnic church can be had. We hope to encourage attendees to see that when our identities are based wholly in Christ that Christian communities of all ethnic backgrounds can come together as one body to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3), as all are immensely loved by the Father.
In the last combined CG of the term, we look back on God's faithfulness throughout the past year, and handover the leadership roles in the CF.