On January 27th, 2013 three families came together with the intention of discussing the potential for planting a church in the east mountains. These families shared a perceived calling and desire for a clearly identified and stated reformed fellowship in the vicinity of the North 14 corridor.
The vision of the group was to plant a church that was gospel-centered, biblically-based, Christ-exalting, God-glorifying and doctrinally-discerning. Energized by the sense that each of the parties collectively brought unique but various gifts and passions, the meeting ended in an agreement to pray and to proceed with steps forward that might cause this vision to become a reality.
A Sunday home church service began soon thereafter with 6 families and grew in a month’s time to become 11 families. God graciously brought forth a new location for Cedar Springs Church and on April 7th, 2013 the first church service was held at the current location at 12129 N. Highway 14 in Cedar Crest.
A name for this new church plant was sought, and after study of scripture and discussion of possible names, it was decided that the church would be named Cedar Springs Church. The basis for this name was the biblical context of the Cedars used to build Solomon’s temple as well as many other references in scripture to the strength and structure of Cedar.
Additionally the idea of a Spring from which life and sustenance is derived (the Word of God), played into the final decision of the name for this church. The destiny of this church plant is trusted to the Lord and Him alone. Soli Deo Gloria.
Cedar Springs Church Name Background
“The trees of the Lord are full of sap, the cedars of Lebanon, which He has planted.”
“…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Cedar Springs Church is rooted in God’s Word. When we immerse ourselves in His Word, we find that both the Old and New Testaments draw on images of the cedars of Lebanon and of springs of living water to the growth of God’s people and our spiritual condition. It is worth a closer look to see the full significance in our own relationships with the Lord.
The cedars of Lebanon are referred to more than any other tree in the Bible. There are cedars that are over 3,500 years old. They can grow very tall, up to 120 feet, and as broad as to forty feet in girth. Their perpetuity must be through Divine care when one considers how vulnerable the cedar is.
“.. which He has planted.”
The cedars owe their planting entirely to Him just as we owe our growth in Christ entirely to Him. The cedars are not dependent upon man for their watering just as we are not dependent upon man for living water but on the Lord.
“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
The roots of the cedar are so deep that David spoke of them in Psalm 29:5 as being so securely implanted that only the voice of God could break or uproot it. As Christian, we must be deeply rooted to our faith.
“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what [is] the width and length and depth and height to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
“As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving”
“...full of sap”
Because of the sap, the cedar flourishes and exists. We, too, flourish with the life of God in our hearts through our faith in God. The fragrance of the cedar is so aromatic that it perfumes all of the air and seems that it will last forever just as our confidence in God will last forever through our words and our actions. The cedars have stood all of these hundreds and thousands of years with no one to look after them other than God Himself. May our faith flourish at Cedar Springs Church so that we too can be preserved like the cedars of Lebanon by Him as we drink from the living waters.
“The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that He planted.”