The CFCOG story
CFCOG started in 1850 with a group of people hungry to share the Gospel of Jesus and expand the kingdom of God here in the Chambersburg area. Our roots are from a time period of awakenings, personal devotion to Jesus, and urgent passion to share the love and message of Jesus with as many as possible. Through many tough and ‘fiery’ ordeals, this body of believers have endured to bring the message of Jesus to new generations and to new locations around the world. Our story is a story of resilience, rebuilding, and reimagining what God can do through a group of growing followers of Jesus, who are deeply committed to pursuing His mission in our world.
“We exist to help as many people as possible take their next steps on their life-changing journey to find and follow Jesus Christ.”
We are a growing family that desires to see lives changed by Jesus. That’s a simple picture of who we are. Because of the way God has changed our lives and brought us into His family, we are compelled to lead others to experience the same.
Today, CFCOG is one church with three worship environments at our current location. Each environment features live music and a message from one of our leaders. Our dream is to extend the CFCOG experience to other locations in our region and around the world, through the 12:24 Vision.
What we believe
We believe the Word of God is enclosed in both the Old and New Testaments. They are inspired of God, in whole and in part. They are error-free in the original writings and are the supreme authority of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ. We further believe that there is but one true interpretation of any biblical passage with different practical applications. (Psalm 119:160; II Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12)
We believe there is but one living and true God who is infinite, eternal and unchangeable. We further believe that God is one in essence while existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Though each person of the Godhead possesses precisely the same nature and attributes, each functions differently in respect to God’s purposes and dealings with man. (Deuteronomy 4:39, 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to his own purpose, pleasure and grace. The Father is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. He has decreed all things that come to pass for his own glory. He graciously involves himself in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ. (I Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 103:19; Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6)
The second person of the Trinity is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of man. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, surrendered nothing of his deity during his earthly life. Having led a sinless life, he satisfied the Father’s justice concerning sin by his substitutionary death. We believe in his bodily resurrection, his physical ascension and his visible return to earth to establish his earthly kingdom. (John 1:14-18; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:24-26; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:16-18; Revelation 20:11-15)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The third person of the Trinity executes the will of God in the world of men. It is the Holy Spirit who applies the salvation that Jesus Christ secured through his death on the cross. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers the church to live a lifestyle pleasing to God, endowing it with special gifts that equip believers to accomplish distinct ministries, planned beforehand by God the Father. (John 3:1-8 & 15-16, 15:4-15; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18-21)
We believe that humankind was directly created in the image of God to enjoy his fellowship and to fulfill God’s will on earth. Through the first humans, Adam and Eve, humanity sinned by a voluntary act of personal disobedience to the will of God; as a result, all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of physical death. The fall of humanity was a non-repeatable historical fact, the effects of which are transmitted to all persons, each of whom is born with a sinful nature and sins habitually in thought, word and deed. (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7, 3:3-4; Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as the only sufficient, substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in him are declared justified by the Father on the grounds of Jesus’ death and resurrection. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith have been regenerated by and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They become, thereby, the children of God forever and members of the one true church, the universal Body of Christ. This salvation will result in righteous living and good works as the believer submits his or her life to the control of the Holy Spirit who directs the life of the believer in harmony with the Word of God. (John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26, 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1- 4; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians1:7, 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 10:10-12; 1 John 5:11-13)
We believe that all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true universal church and are directed by the Scriptures to associate themselves in local, visible churches. The local church is the only scriptural representation of Christ’s invisible church and consists only of regenerated believers. The local church is autonomous in its government and recognizes its own members for biblical offices and leadership positions. We observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and the practice of feet washing during the Holy Week Service. The purpose of the church is to fulfill the mandate of Jesus Christ to “go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47, 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
We believe that God in his own time and in his own way will bring an appropriate end to the earth. This will include Jesus Christ’s bodily and visible return to earth. In which the righteous will receive an eternal relationship in his presence and the unrighteous will be condemned to an eternity of judgment. (Matthew 24-25; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 1Thessalonians 4:15-17; Revelation 20:1-4)
Our guiding values
We believe that real life transformation happens as we follow Jesus Christ. We want to help everyone see their next steps and provide a balanced approach to navigating life and your spiritual journey. Here are our core values that guide us along on the journey.
We value God’s truth more than our opinions.
The Truth within God’s Word and in the person of Jesus Christ himself is our true North. It helps us to get our bearings in a world full of distractions and a multitude of voices. As we align our lives with His Truth we can be sure we are headed in the right direction.
(2nd Timothy 3:16-17, John 8:31-32, John 14:6, Matthew 7:21-23)
We value God’s people more than our programs.
Life is all about relationships. Belonging to one of our programs isn’t as important as developing meaningful relationships with the people we meet in those programs. We strive through all of our programming to connect people to God and His people.
(Matthew 22:37-40, Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-47, John 17:20-23)
We value God’s plan more than our plans.
Since He is the creator of all things, he has plans that are far greater than ours. His presence, His peace, and His promises are with us when we seek to follow His plans. We will strive to follow His plan for our lives because everything finds its purpose in Him.
(Ephesians 1:9-11, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 5:14-16, John 12:25-26)
We value God’s mission more than our comfort.
We learn our comfort isn’t our highest priority by looking at Jesus. Our everyday moments and decisions, made consistently to honor God’s mission in our lives, will lead to a destination of becoming a fully devoted disciple of Jesus. We live to pursue His mission everyday.
(Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 22:37-40, Matthew 28:18-20, 2nd Timothy 2:2)