We have one central message at City Life: heaven now… Heaven forever!
Unfortunately, many think eternal life is about deferred gratification, that we have to forsake all things wonderful in this life in exchange for all things better in life after death. When we devote our lives to Jesus, become a follower of Jesus, not only does He promise that we’ll live forever but that our life now will be full beyond comprehension, full of meaning, purpose, significance, satisfied more deeply than we can imagine. A foundational verse for us is Psalm 27:13 (nkjv), “I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of The Lord in the land of the living.” Yes, there is a place we all one day long to be, Heaven, and until Jesus calls us home, He promises heaven on earth (John 10:10)!
We want to bring our message to “three people” throughout this region: the undevoted, the disconnected, and the discipled.
Together at City Life, we want to reach the undevoted with a clarion call to liberty. Every person born into this world is longing to take their first spiritual breath, for their God life to be born, to be free from a life that is helplessly driven by the selfish inclinations of humanity. Through Christ, we can be forgiven of our past, reconciled to God, and launched into a divine destiny! Then there is the disconnected, a growing population of people in every community. Churches can unfortunately be a place where people are disappointed, even hurt. We want to reach the disconnected with a clarion call to community. Each of us are incomplete apart from the family of God. City Life is a place where people’s trust in local church is being restored! And let’s not forget the discipled…we are going to reach the discipled with a clarion call to maturity. None of us have the freedom to settle with wherever we might be in our personal journey of spiritual growth. Let’s keep growing, lets’ keep changing, let’s keep endeavoring every day to be more like Christ!
Scripture provides for us our pattern to follow, beginning by forming around a set of covenant commitments each individual voluntarily vows to fulfill. Together we have agreed on governance, creed, and values. As all three are equally vital, we will have a leadership structure that carries the sacred trust of directing the membership (governance), a clear and confident statement of faith that instructs our beliefs (creed), and priorities to order our affections that are practical, actionable, and assessable (values). In turn, through a cooperative effort, supernaturally empowered, we will endeavor to encourage every person within our reach to trust the full weight of their lives to Jesus, giving Him complete devotion, and to join the membership of a church whose mission they can enjoin. Through a life defining commitment to Jesus and belonging to His church, we can have the hope of heaven now and Heaven forever!
- “Follow Me.” (John 1:43b)
- “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” (Mark 12:30)
- “…love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
- “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
- “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
- “You will receive power…” (Acts 1:8)
As your are considering whether or not City Life is a church for you to call home, if you are looking for a perfect church, keep looking! What we can however promise is that words like authenticity, grace, sincerity, passion, trust, enthusiasm…are waiting for you among a community of people who love God deeply, worship Him passionately, and serve Him wholeheartedly…we hope to see you this weekend!