A Vision for Center City

Posted on May 1, 2011

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I’m excited to teach tomorrow out of 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. This is the passage that God put on my heart right before we started Center City Church in April, 2010:

When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness — timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

This verse reminded me of the absolute, unfiltered power of the story of Jesus. His love. His life. His resurrection. And so we set out on a simple journey of sharing this message of Jesus and enjoying life together.

The roots will always remain the same: Jesus is at the center. But the methods will continue to evolve. I am excited to share publicly for the first time our vision to start Ebenezers Coffeehouse in partnership with Mark Batterson and the original Ebenezers Coffeehouse in Washington, DC. This is something that we have been working with Mark and his team on for four years. And it’s getting closer.

We believe that the message of Jesus Christ is the most important story to ever tell. And we believe our vision for Center City allows us to tell this story in relational and creative ways both in the context of the church community and the marketplace.

So excited about the days ahead! Here we go 🙂

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