Christ the King exists in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury to see people reconciled to God and one another through the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As this takes place we hope to see a positive impact in every aspect of the community where our members live, work, and play.
Our Core Values
At the center of our vision is the conviction that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, and that every malady and grief is addressed and substantially healed in this gospel. We long to see transformation in the city by the outgrowth of lives as they are renewed by the Holy Spirit. We are convinced that only the good news of the love of God expressed in the death and resurrection of Jesus is capable of accomplishing such radical renewal in Boston. Although many ministries will flow out of the church, our first priority is the proclamation of the good news of Jesus. We believe Christians are real sinners with real problems, but the truth of the limitless grace of God towards those he loves will change everything as it courses through our community.
We believe the Holy Spirit is the driving force in our church. Apart from him we can do nothing. As such, we strive to be dependent on God through frequent prayer. In prayer we do not seek to bend God’s will to ours, but rather to draw near to him and let him shape our desires. As C. John Miller says “Prayer teaches us that we are sons and daughters of God with a Father who loves us not because we are perfect, but because we are in union with Christ. It opens our eyes to see that God is not a harsh judge, but a loving parent who is delighted even by our imperfect efforts to obey him”
Of all the facts about our city, this might be the most telling: there is no Wal-mart here. Boston was founded in 1630, and although life has changed dramatically since then, the provincial layout of the city still shapes daily life. People are more likely to walk to a corner store than drive to a mega-retailer. We believe the most effective church in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury will be the church that understands the dynamics of the neighborhood and continually strives to be a part of the fabric of the community.
Christ calls us to love our neighbor, and in a city as diverse as Boston that means building friendships and sharing life with people from a variety of races, cultures, ethnic groups, and socio-economic classes.
A Living Community
In our culture, people often view church as an isolated activity to be balanced and juggled amongst many other responsibilities in life. However, the Church is far more than a single meeting or service. The Church should be a living and active community of people who rely upon, trust, and love one another throughout the week. We strive to be a church that is more than a location or an event, but instead that we would be a people living for Christ and in relationship with each other no matter what day of the week it is.
In this same way, as a living community we seek to build relationships and share our lives with people outside of the church. As we live in the neighborhood, work at our jobs, attend schools, and frequent businesses, we hope to tell others about Christ in the context of natural ongoing friendships.
God has been at work in this neighborhood a lot longer than we have, and we are extremely thankful for his presence here. As we pray for our community, we seek to support and encourage what God is doing in other Gospel-preaching churches and Christian organizations in the neighborhood, the city, and around the world. We value the fame of Jesus Christ far more than our own, and we long to see his name made great through whatever organization or person.
To this end, Christ the King – JP/Roxbury seeks to have an impact beyond the neighborhood by functioning as a Launching Pad for New Churches and a Training Ground for New Pastors.
Boston is a bustling and diverse city with residents from a broad spectrum of socio-economic classes and faith backgrounds. One church cannot possibly reach everyone. That is one reason why Christ the King – JP/Roxbury is committed to a greater church planting movement in Boston. Christ the King - Boston currently has 7 additional worshipping congregations in Dorchester, Newton, Roslindale/West Roxbury, Somerville, the South Shore, and Portugese and English speaking congregations in Cambridge. Beyond these local congregations, we hope to see churches planted around the country and the world through the connections we make while ministering in this great global city.