The Christland Series is designed to help you understand more about who we are, how you can mature as a follower of Jesus, and how you can be involved in what God is doing here. We offer one session in the series each month, and you may take them in any order. When you've completed all four, we invite you to consider making us your church home through membership.Events Calendar
Next class date: May 19, 12:00-2:00 pm
What We Believe and How We Live It
Foundational beliefs of the Christian faith, such as what we believe about God, sin, the Bible, and the cross, will be discussed in this class. The Bible is inerrant, given by God to man, and Jesus is the only way to God because of our sin. The second half of the class looks into how you can navigate the church. Biblical examples that inform how we worship and pray are explained. Baptism and Lord's Supper are also discussed during this class. Baptism doesn't save a person, but is an essential first step in following Jesus. We believe in full immersion as that is Jesus' example in the Bible. The Lord's Supper is how Christians regularly remember that Jesus' life and death gave us new life.
Next class date: June 9, 12:00-2:00 pm
Growing In Forgiveness And Maturity
Freedom begins when Jesus saves a person, giving them power over temptation and sin. Freedom requires a belief in the truth from the Bible and a knowledge of the Holy Spirit's role in revealing truth about our past. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, confession, and repentance, Christians can experience freedom in overcoming the sins we have committed and freedom from sin done against us. We see in the Bible a clear command to forgive others just as Jesus forgave us of our sin against Him. Jesus came to bring freedom not only for the next life, but that our lives now may be redeemed and full of joy.
Next class date: July 21, 12:00-2:00 pm
What We Believe and How We Live It
God has empowered each Christian with specific spiritual gifts for the strengthening of our faith as a church family. This class reveals how we shift our outlook from consumer to community; during this class we discuss how spiritual gifts function in the church, how to connect your gifting to practical service, and how to honor Jesus with right motives in serving. Romans 12:6-8 reads, "Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness." We will discuss this passage and others learning how they relate to the local church.
Next class date: April 14, 12:00-2:00 pm
What We Believe and How We Live It
During Community we will discuss the history of Christland, looking at what it was like when Jesus first began calling us to become one of the churches in Bryan-College Station. The teaching will include our core values and priorities that make us who we are, such as being a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church, and the importance of worship and spiritual disciplines. We believe Jesus has asked us to be a church that plants churches throughout the United States and eventually overseas. We will also look at the Bible's instruction for Christians on membership. Finally, we will look at the Old Testament and New Testament for instruction on tithing. Our bylaws that describe all administrative practices of the church will be included as well.
Small groups are the place where the authentic, lifelong friendships are formed; the place where the Bible is discussed and applied in a casual atmosphere, where questions can be asked and stories shared. This is the place where it is safe to be yourself, where you can receive support and encouragement no matter your circumstance.
We know college can be busy, and moving away from home can be an overwhelming experience, but God often uses these years to build you into the person you will be for the rest of your life.
At Christland, we don't have a separate student ministry. We're a church for students! Many people from TAMU and Blinn attend our weekend services and lots of our small groups are made up of people just like you. We hope you'll find the authentic friendships and real encounters with God to be among your best experiences while in Christland. We have college small groups that meet throughout the week and designed for people who have never heard about Jesus to those who have been following Him for years!
No car? No problem. If you want to come to our Sunday service at 10:00 a.m., guys can shoot a text to Isaac at (618) 967-1080 and ladies can reach Jessica at (817) 965-3484 and a couple of our students will come pick you up from your apartment! Worried you won't wake up in time to grab breakfast first? We've got you covered with free coffee and donuts!
We know how stressful a full day of classes can be, so we love being on campus regularly just to serve students at A&M. If you're in a rush and between classes, feel free to stop by and grab a granola bar, cup of coffee, or whatever else we're handing out.
It is clear from the Bible that as disciples of Jesus we should be serving; not just ourselves, and not just our unchurched friends, but we should be serving the church as well. At Christland Church we depend heavily on volunteers helping out in order for us to operate.
If you enjoy working outside, like the smell of fresh cut grass, or simply love instant gratification, this may be the perfect service area for you. There's a lot to keep up with, we'll even provide the equipment for the job.
A clean building goes a long way in helping others focus on learning about Jesus and not be distracted by a messy, disorganized facility. Cleaning is needed both during the week as well as before and after each Sunday service.
If you play an instrument, have interest in learning an instrument, or simply love to spend time worshiping God, this area may be a fit. From playing guitar to mixing sound, this is a great spot to help others fix their hearts and minds on God.
It is of great importance that people feel welcomed and a part of what God is doing here. From the parking team to the door greeters to those working at the Welcome Center, serving on this team means making it your aim to go above and beyond so that visitors and regular attenders would feel part of the community at Christland Church.
Having a heart to share the gospel with the next generation as well as possessing loads of patience would make this area of service a great spot to get involved. It is a constant process of teaching and encouraging kids as they strive to follow Jesus with every part of their lives.
Throughout the building, there are always various projects underway to fix and/or improve the quality of the facility. If you are skilled or even interested in carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, painting, or other maintenance skills, we would love to have your help on this team.
As one of our larger service areas, this team does more than babysit children while their parents attend the service. There are countless opportunities to teach, pray for, encourage, and show God's love to the kids who are here to learn about Jesus.
We all live in complete dependence on God. As Christians, we have come to recognize this truth and give Him honor and glory for who He is. We respond to God by trusting in Him for all our provisions and acknowledging that all we have comes from Him. Christian generosity flows out of this truth and is demonstrated in our serving, loving, sharing, and financial stewardship.
Giving is a major part of worshipping God in the Bible. In the Old Testament, the tithe (or 10%) was the basic amount that was set aside as God's. Leviticus 27:30 says, 'Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the LORD's; it is holy to the LORD.' Offerings were brought as worship to God above and beyond the basic requirement of the tithe.
Tithing is first seen in the Old Testament but occurred before the Law was given, as Abraham tithed to Melchizedek in Genesis 14, and Jacob promised to give a tenth of all God's provision back to God in Genesis 28. In the New Testament, Jesus still assumed that people would tithe (Matthew 23:23). Even though we are now free from the specific requirements of the Old Testament Law because of Jesus' work on the cross, the principles are all affirmed in the New Testament.
Giving continues to be a focal point of the Christian life and is echoed throughout the New Testament. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 tells us 'The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.'
God still expects people to demonstrate their love for Him and faith in Him by giving their resources. Our response is to give our time, energy, and money in our local church home. We do this to further God's work and to worship Him because we are thankful for who He is and what He has done.
Some may ask the question, 'Am I expected to give?' If you're just visiting Christland Church, please simply drop your welcome card in as your offering. You are our guest! It's the responsibility and joy of those who are committed to Christland Church to give to support the mission of the church. At Christland Church, you are free to give during the offering at our Sunday service.
Christland Church is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible. You will receive an annual giving statement from Christland Church at the end of each year for amounts greater than $100.