THE FORLIFE MISSION
The ForLife Initiative challenges our church and community to take an immediate stand for the sanctity of human life, beginning at conception and ending at the moment of death.
For over 38 years, Christ Chapel has been a pro-life church, working actively with pro-life ministries in our community and upholding biblical truth with compassionate grace from the pulpit.
In 2012 Senior Pastor Dr. Ted Kitchens challenged Christ Chapel to take an even bigger step in the pro-life moment and the ForLife Initiative was born. Our goal is to help transform our culture into one that upholds life which is why in 2016 CCBC launched a five-year effort to bring legalized abortion to an end in Tarrant and Parker Counties.
What began with 40 passionate people has grown into a multi-faceted ministry of nearly 300 that serves women in crisis. Since 2008, CCBC has given over $1,000,000 to pro-life ministry partners, including two sonogram machines. The ForLife Initiative remains focused on glorifying God by remaining true to our mission by challenging our church and community to take an immediate stand for the sanctity of human life.
Five Impacting Ministries
The pro-life ministry cares for mothers, unborn children and families facing the life and death choice of abortion. The ministry also combats abortion through education, prayer and direct action, partnering with three pregnancy resource centers and women’s clinics in Tarrant and Parker Counties.
Abortion Quick Facts
*There are nearly 1 million abortions each year in America.
*Human life is formed when a man’s sperm fertilizes a woman’s egg and forms a human embryo; the earliest stage of human life.
*At the point of fertilization this new human life is a unique individual with its own genetic code, having 23 chromosomes from the man and 23 from the woman.
*Around 21 days after conception, about the time the mother misses her first period, the new human life develops a heartbeat.
*8-10 weeks after conception the fetus has every limb and every organ in place, with toes and fingers and nails; and it already looks like a baby, just on a much smaller scale. It now responds to touch.
*”Fetus” comes from the Latin word meaning “young one.” A human “fetus” is just a “young” human. “Embryo(nic)” and “fetal” are simply stages of human development.
*The medical definition of “abortion” is “the termination of a pregnancy by removing the fetus and placenta from the womb.” This definition leaves out the fact that the child in its mother’s womb has to be killed first.
*For how abortions are performed, see abort73.com, Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S. 124 (2007), and congressional testimony by Dr. Anthony Levatino on 5-17-12 on YouTube.
*According to various resources 1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest, 6% for medical reasons, and 93% because the child is unwanted or inconvenient.
*The effect of an abortion on the child is obvious. But there can also be severe physical and emotional harm to the mother, and severe emotional harm to the father, grandparents, doctors, medical staff and others involved.
*Abortion alternatives include (a) choosing someone to raise the child (adoption), or (b)keeping and raising it with help from others, including government and private resources. (Contact a Pregnancy Center for help with alternatives and resources.)
Pro-Life Responses to Pro-Abortion Arguments, by Randy Alcorn
HISchild focuses on adoption and foster-care, ministering to both children and families. Nearly 100 Christ Chapelites serve as CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Tarrant and Parker Counties, providing a voice for children in emergency foster care. Christ Chapel also provides financial support through ABBA Fund to help couples pursuing adoption. In addition, HISchild hosts equipping events such as Empowered to Connect and others to help adoptive and foster families care for their children and each other.
Christ Chapel upholds the biblical value of marriage and sexual purity. Our Middle School Ministry hosts an annual Stainless retreat where middle schoolers learn the importance of building their identity in Christ instead of in relationships and biblical marriage is often bolstered from the pulpit. In addition, ministry partner Grace House Ministries provides an abstinence curriculum in Parker County high schools and middle schools called “Pure Truth” that teaches sexual responsibility. Recently, they have also launched “Pure Truth for Parents” to assist parents in teaching their children about sexual purity.
North Texas is ranked in the top areas for human trafficking in the nation. We partner with several organizations and local law enforcement agencies to combat sex-trafficking in our area. We view sex-trafficking as slavery and a direct attack on the image of God (all humans are image-bearers). Therefore, we endeavor to raise awareness, educate and activate our people to rescue adults and children from slavery.
Currently in development, we see two main functions for our end-of-life ministry. The first is to develop and practice a “Theology of Care” for those suffering from terminal illness and their families. The second is to fight the practice and proliferation of medical euthanasia, also known as “physician-assisted suicide.”
In addition, the ForLife Initiative works to lift up children with special needs and support their families. Our events team includes a group of special needs children who volunteer to help with our luncheons and other events.
Resources to Help You Engage
If you’d like to hear more stories or gain further insight into the for-life movement, listed below are some of our favorite books for adults and children, films, podcasts and apps. Click on each box to read more about the resource. You can also download a prayer guide by clicking here.
BOOKS FOR ADULTS
The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture by Scott Klusendorf
If you’d like to better understand and articulate the pro-life message, The Case for Life carefully lays out and answers many of the questions that surround the debate. You’ll learn how to articulate a biblical worldview on such issues as abortion, cloning and embryo research as well as persuasively answer popular objections.
Abortion: The Ultimate Exploitation of Women by Brian Fisher
While modern culture says that men do not have a stake in the abortion debate, author Brian Fisher ardently argues the opposite. Tracing the history of men exploiting women and leading the campaign to legalize abortion, Fisher believes that men are, can and should be part of the solution.
Uncle Sam’s Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America’s Poor and What We Can Do About It by Star Parker
This book takes a deep look at how the disadvantaged live under the control of the federal government as politicians make decisions about their food supply, schooling, wages, transportation and more. Star Parker, who was once a part of America’s disadvantaged, gives a personal study of the system and what Americans need to do to end it.
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton
Readers will learn from history as author Robert Jay Lifton analyzes the crucial role that German doctors played in the Nazi genocide. Lifton also shows in the examples of more recent mass murders how ordinary people can become socialized to genocide.
The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family by Karyn Purvis, David Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
While the adoption of a child is always joyous, it can also present some very unique challenges including how to welcome the child into your family and how to address their special needs. This book, written by two research psychologists specialized in adoption and attachment, helps navigate those challenges with care, consideration and compassion.
Midwife for Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying by Kathy Kalina
This book is great resource for caregivers, friends and family members who struggle with knowing what to say or do as they care for someone who is terminally ill. Through moving stories and lessons learned while working as a hospice nurse, author Kathy Kalina gives insight on how to love those on the edge of life and eternity.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
The Miracle by Laurie Cockerell
This children’s book tells the story of a young girl who finds a tiny blue speckled egg in a fairy house, nestled in the roots of an old oak tree. A discussion with her mother about life before birth inspires a new understanding of the sanctity of life – and an understanding that the miracle of life begins with conception. The book is a great way to pass on the pro-life message in a gentle and age-appropriate way.
The Briefing featuring Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.
This daily podcast provides a worldview analysis of leading news headlines and cultural conversations. Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. is the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
FILMS AND CLIPS
“October Baby” tells the story of Hannah, a college student who, after learning she was adopted and is the survivor of a failed abortion attempt, goes on a journey to discover her past and hope for the future. The film is a reminder that every life is beautiful and can minister to women for whom abortion is a part of their story as well as families looking to adopt or foster children.
Sanctity of Human Life Luncheon 2017
Hear Star Parker, founder and president of Center for Urban Renewal and Education, share her powerful story of transformation at the 2017 ForLife Initiative Luncheon. Star is a national advocate for the family and regularly consults with both federal and state legislators.
New City Catechism
This website is made for both adults and children to learn more about what the Bible says about life through Scripture, questions and answers and video teaching.
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Sermons