Many people believe a church is either "Deep" or "Wide". You either help people BE disciples...or help people MAKE disciples.
This is not true. If we think we are "Deep" without making disciples...we probably aren't as deep as we think. If we think we can be "Wide" without a need for an deeply intimate & growing relationship with Christ...we may not be making disciples at all.
This is a series on the vision of City Church to "Multply Gospel Change. For Broken People. On Purpose." It emphasizes the importance of spiritual disciplines, making disciples, and the connection between the two.
True relationships are risky. There is great risk in being known, because there is the possibility of being denied or judged. But when relationships are first rooted in the gospel, our fear of being judged is eclipsed by the beautiful truth that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. When we understand how sinful we are, and yet God forgave us, we can be open and vulnerable with our relationships, yielding the reward of being fully known and fully loved.
We use technology everyday. But is it beginning to take the place of actual human relationships? Are we filling the moments of quiet reflection with the noise of social media? Are we connecting with our Facebook friends more than our Creator? Learn how we are losing our humanity to technology, but also the hope Christ gives us to get our humanity back.
We belong to a local church on the same basis we belong to the future Kingdom of God. Jesus covered our sin with his blood. On the Cross, he was cut off, excluded, driven outside the fellowship with his heavenly father not because he deserved it, but because I did.Church, since we were invited in through Jesus, we can invite others in as well. Then let’s consider, stir up, and encourage one another so that our love and good works in this City show people the future city of God.