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5 Reasons To Consider City Project

I know that summer is usually a time for students to make money, catch up with old friends, and binge watch Netflix. But it can be a time of real gospel change in your life. This is why we have City Project at City Church.

There are 5 reasons I believe you should consider City Project:

1. To become more spiritually mature 

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God; those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it.” - Brother Lawrence 

Learning to connect with God daily by studying His Word and applying it to your life is the best decision you will ever make. Intensive discipleship over a summer can instill a foundation you never stop building upon for the rest of your life.

2. To experience intensive community

Relationships are hard. We all struggle. The beauty of City Church is the honesty and humility of her covenant members. Living with a family that cherishes the Gospel in good and bad times is a beautiful example for you in a world full of counterfeits.

3. To be exposed to the world

God is much bigger than we can imagine. Seeing His work in another area of the world is humbling and visionary. Traveling overseas and across the country can expand your heart for the world too. The cultural barriers you face expose sin patterns you didn’t realize existed.

4. To serve the Church

In America, we’re notorious for focusing only on what the church can do for me. Our selfish attitude can rob us of experiencing the beauty of what the church is meant to be. By investing in service of the church, you grow a heart for Jesus’ bride. Jesus is deeply committed to using His church to reach the world. You should be too.

5. To invest in people

“You’ll know my disciples by the love that they have for one another.” John 13:34-35

God doesn’t need us to accomplish His mission in the world, but He loves to use us as His vessels. It’s an incredible privilege that God would invite us to love others. The beauty of the Gospel should motivate us to share, counsel, and encourage others.

If you're interested in learning more about City Project, or you'd like to fill out the application to sign up, click here.

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3 Ways Christians Can Find Value in Their Work

In Sunday’s sermon, I said that often our work is directed at making a name for ourselves instead of showing off God’s beauty. 

I know that it can be difficult—in whatever line of work you are in—to see how it directly glorifies God. 

Often, Christians think that if they have a “secular” job that they can only glorify God in the three E’s: Evangelism, Ethics, and Excellence

Those three things are important. You definitely SHOULD tell people the people you work with about Jesus, and you should do your work ethically and with excellence.

But that still doesn’t help you see the value of the ACTUAL work you are doing.

Work has inherent value that started in the Garden of Eden. 

Adam and Eve were given commands to “be fruitful and multiply”. They were told before the fall to “work and keep” the garden.

And when God gives Israel the law on Mt. Sinai, the reason given to keep the Sabbath is directly linked to working and resting like God worked and rested at creation (Exodus 20:8-11).

If you are going to find the value in your work, you need to look to the way God worked in creation. 

Here are three things to look for:

1. Order

God’s creation of the world was meticulously ordered. God was setting things in place, in perfect relationships with each other, so that his image-bearers could flourish and thrive.

Any work that you do that takes chaos and brings order to it is God’s work.

If you are an office administrator helping the office to run with efficiency, color-coding files so they can be found quickly and easily, and helping your co-workers flourish and thrive…you are bringing order to chaos.

If you are a plumber fixing a broken pipe, installing a toilet, or unclogging a drain, you are bringing order to chaos. You are creating or restoring an environment where others can thrive.

2. Beauty

Genesis 2:9 says, “And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.”

It’s astounding to me that God made the trees pleasant to the sight. Moses even lists the trees’ beauty before their usefulness. Seems unnecessary doesn’t it? Why not just make them steel poles that distribute nutritious wafers? Did Adam and Eve really need a view?

Beauty is the first thing we cast aside when we strip things down to necessity. The first programs to get cut in schools are the arts, which assumes that beauty is extra—sort of like the flavoring you can add to kids medicine to help it go down smoother. 

But beauty is the original plan of God—His work created beauty. In fact, if we take Psalm 27:4 seriously, beauty is not something that makes the journey more enjoyable: beauty is actually the aim of our journey! It's the destination!

That means if you are an artist, a painter, a songwriter, a rapper, a poet, a trumpet player, you aren’t just adding “something extra” to life…you are necessarily showing off beauty (provided the art you create is telling the truth). 

In fact, art is a type of ordering that brings beauty. Songwriters order notes to make music. Poets and rappers order words so the truth is “pleasing to the sight”…errr…ears. 

If you are adding beauty to the world, you are doing God’s work. 

3. Abundance

In the garden, Adam and Eve had everything they needed for life.

There was no scarcity. Nothing good existed in short supply. Four rivers flowed in providing ample water supply. Gold and other precious minerals that would have been good for both building structures (order) and for displaying beauty were seemingly just laying around (Genesis 2:10-14)

And then there was the fruit. Everything needed for nourishment was at hand.

This means that the banker or stock broker who helps the businessman multiply capital so that that businessman can be generous and bring abundance into other’s lives is doing God’s work. 

The builder who is bringing houses into existence where there is not enough housing, the oil rigger who is a part of the chain of people that result in all of us being able to get to our jobs…all of these folks are bringing abundance to a place of scarcity.

And, that’s not to mention the aid workers around the world bringing parents to orphans, food to the starving, and digging wells to provide water where no drinkable water existed.

If you are bringing the abundance of good where goodness is scarce, you are doing God’s work. 

What do all these categories have in common? Each of them show off the way we reflect God and serve our fellow man.

…which Jesus said summed up the law. (Matthew 22:36-40)

 So, if you don’t know why it’s worth going in to work on a Monday, just ask yourself, “Where does my work provide Order, Beauty, or Abundance?”…because where you find that…you’ll find God.

(I’ve been tremendously helped on this subject by these 2 books: Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller, Futureville by Skye Jethani- Provide Amazon links

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