Last Sunday we looked at how and why we here at The City Church praise God and the first week we saw who we are and where we are going…in this post we are gonna see how we are a City on a Hill and what the steps are to being that City on a Hill.
We each have friends, some more than others, but we all have people we know and then we have people who we really know and they really know us. I have had people that I thought were friends but were really just leeches. I have also had people that I didn’t like at first that became my good friends. Over the last few weekends I have had some friends from Wyoming and Atlanta come visit and just hang out. Why? Because we are friends. We care about each other. They know me and I know them.
What this city needs and what the world needs is what every generation needs: the kind of caring community that can only be found in the church of Jesus Christ. Two weeks ago I made the claim that our church to be successful must be a teaching church, a worshipping church, and a caring church just like the first century church. Teaching, worshipping, caring is the proper diet for a true gospel center.
Today we turn our attention to caring, to the life of love that God has given us to share in The City Church. To growing together in community. The City Church is a family, a community, a group of people, different colors, different tastes, different backgrounds, unique personalities, horror stories and fairytales come true live here and make us all connected through Jesus Christ.
We must uphold each other with all meekness, gentleness, patience and liberality. We must delight in each other, make others’ condition our own. We must rejoice together and mourn together. We must labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body.
There are 4 Steps to Growing Together to be this City on a Hill. The first step to being a City on a Hill is…
We need to be excited! Seriously, we need to be excited. A few weeks ago I preached on the fact that we need to jacked about Jesus..but really, we need to be pumped about Jesus! The early church faced great persecution, faced death and peril but these people rejoiced! Many of you are going through tough times and as we saw last week, getting rid of the pain isn’t the goal, rather understanding our value in Jesus is the goal.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)
We each need each other more than you know. Some people think they can handle life by themselves, but the Bible says different. We need each other to function properly.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20)
Every member is essential to the health of the whole body. Here at The City Church it is “we” not “I.” It is incredibly absurd for a Christian to decide that his or her gifts or involvement weren’t needed or that they could just show up whenever they want to. We are a family and a healthy family recognizes and respects one another. A family works together and loves one another. But it doesn’t stop there. A City on a Hill must have…
Since we are a family we need to eat. We need to consume to gain strength and endurance in life. We need to help each other. We need community consumption. We get this from learning the Bible together, we call this discipleship, this is our City Life Groups. Where we take the sermons we hear, the passages we read and stories we each have and apply them to our lives. Paul told his younger Christian brother…
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
In order to overcome obstacles that seem to trip you up at every turn, we need to partner with a functional spiritual community. We need to go to church. We need to worship. We need to hear bible preaching and teaching on a regular basis. We need opportunities to serve, places to help, times to clap, moments to praise and moments of prayer. This develops into the last step of…
We each need to connect with God and with each other. There are no lone rangers in successful Christian living. We each need a place to belong and City Life Groups are a place to belong. Friendships breed connection. Experiences breed connection. Paul told his Christian brothers in Rome…
I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge & able to instruct one another. (Romans 15:14)
How did they get full? Where did they learn knowledge? Who instructed them?
You got it…the church was the center for it all. That’s family. That’s real community. In conclusion let me say, the place where we most belong is not our neighborhood, our nation, our gym, our work, our company, or even your own family, but our Church, The City Church. This City on a Hill is the caring community where you are known and where you and we are loved. This is where you find deeply supportive faith-building friendships that last.
- So if you are not a partner with us…join and be apart of the family. The last Sunday of the month after the morning service, anyone that is new can join with me and my wife for a Q&A about The City Church. We cover who we are and where we are going. We will ask you questions and you can ask us questions.
- If you are a partner with us…then be faithful to the family. Show up and be apart of the family. Sunday’s we get together and celebrate. City Life Groups we get together and grow. Give and support financially The City Church. Many of us tithe weekly to support this ministry not because we have to, but because we love you. We don’t sacrifice just for hops, we give because we care.