About Christian Life Fellowship
Several key words might be helpful in describing CLF
First, we see ourselves as Bible-centered. Though we don't follow any traditions or liturgical order of worship, we are committed to sharing the historic message of Jesus Christ, and hold to the Bible as our standard for life and truth.
Second, we see ourselves as Evangelical. We feel compelled to share our faith with others. Jesus came with a clear mission to die for the sins of the world. Each person needs to repent of their sins and accept Christ as their personal Saviour.
Third, we are Pentecostal. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today. We encourage individuals to yield to the Holy Spirit's work in them for the building up of others.
Finally, we describe our ministry as Contemporary. We believe that Christian truth and faith must be relevant to the times in which we live and the issues that we face today.
The three words in our name, Christian Life Fellowship, tell you a lot about us. For instance, we are Christians, firmly holding to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and acknowledging Him as the only way of salvation (Acts 4:12).
Faith in Him brings one miraculously into Life in a much fuller sense, where "old things pass away and all things become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
And finally, because we have a common faith in Christ, we voluntarily and regularly join together in Fellowship, encouraging one another to grow in Christian character and cooperating together to advance the cause of Christ (Hebrews 10:25).
OUR PASSION AND PURPOSE
Our passion is helping populate heaven. The purpose of the Church is to give Glory to God by helping its members and adherents to know the Lord Jesus Christ in a vibrant and personal relationship and to enable them to carry the message of the Gospel into the community and beyond. The Church carries out various programs, activities, meetings and functions to meet these purposes.
We are people with a purpose. At Christian Life Fellowship, we want to be recognized as a loving, Christ-centred, Spirit filled church in Campbell River, with a special focus toward children and youth, while reaching out to all, emphasizing solid Bible teaching, meaningful worship, fervent prayer, caring fellowship, and maintaining an outreach sensitive personality.
OUR CORE BELIEFS
- We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the Divinely inbreathed, infallible, inerrant and authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in the Persons of the Holy Trinity.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son – that He had a miraculous birth, that He lived a sinless life, that He died on the cross for our sins, that He rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of His Father and that He is coming back again.
We believe that salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all people, and those who repent and believe in Him will be born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life and become children of God.
- We believe in holy living, the present day reality of the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the Lord's supernatural healing in the human body.
- We believe in Christ's Lordship of the Church, the observance of the ordinances of Christian baptism by immersion for believers and the Lord's Supper.
- We believe in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed in heaven and the eternal doom of the unregenerate in the lake of fire.
This is a summary of the Statement of Faith of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, adapted from the Pentecostal Testimony. For the full text, please navigate to 'About PAOC' / 'What We Believe' / 'Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths' at the PAOC Website
OUR STYLE OF WORSHIP
We at CLF worship the Lord Jesus Christ seriously, joyfully, and enthusiastically. Worship takes many forms throughout our service. Sometimes it is structured and other times spontaneous. Our faces may show an explosive celebration of praise or perhaps a quiet reverence. Sometimes we sing choruses and other times hymns. We have no printed "ORDER OF WORSHIP," nor complicated ritual to follow.
To assist you, the words of the songs we sing appear on the screen via a video projector. A worship team, complete with a small band and singers, lead our worship.
CLF began as a Sunday School outreach in the old Campbellton town sight area around 1946. In 1950 our first permanent building was constructed just to the side of the new Campbellton bridge over, at 1981 19th St., overlooking the river. The church became known as Riverside Tabernacle.
In time we outgrew the little church building. In the early 70's we built again. Since the town was expanding south, we relocated to the corner of Evergreen and Alder street. With the new building, we also changed our name to The Pentecostal Tabernacle. Within less than ten years we outgrew our second building and was into another building project.
This time, with foresight, a building was built in which we could grow here on Merecroft. The gymnasium, offices and Christian Education rooms were completed on October 12th, 1980, as stage one. Plans for a future second phase will incorporate a large sanctuary, with possibly a third phase to follow. In 1991, with a concerted effort on the church's part to be more outreach minded, the church once again changed it's name, this time to Christian Life Fellowship. At that time our large neon sign was erected.
Christian Life Fellowship is affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC).
Brief History of the PAOC:
On December 11, in the old Azusa St. Mission, he received the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Mr. McAlister returned to Ottawa and invited others to come and share his joy in the Spirit. A new church was born.
In 1919, when there were about 20 associated Pentecostal churches across Canada, the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada was officially formed. Now persons of Pentecostal experience and persuasion number more than 150 million and are found in every stratum of society. There are over 160 churches in the B.C. & Yukon District, and over 1010 nation wide.
We presently have 230 active foreign missionaries serving in over 37 countries, and several hundred pastors serving in many home missions works and 91 Native churches.Canada had its counterpart to Azusa in the East End Mission at 651 Queen Street East, Toronto, which opened early 1906. They began to seek the Lord for a move that would bring people back to God. Before the year was up there was a sovereign move of God in that mission. People were being saved, healed and baptized in the Spirit. The revival spread throughout Southern Ontario. Soon the move had spread out west. This unplanned religious movement attracted earnest people from all walks of life.