We had a great gathering last night at our house with our Center City family. God has blessed us with a phenomenal group of people that we love dearly and share a common vision and direction. I shared the vision and direction of Center City that will never change. We talked about the Center of Center City.
There are amazing symptoms of being a Christ follower. Love. Generosity. Compassion. Community. Accountability. The list goes on and on. However, none of these are the center of who are are as Christians. And none of these are the center of who we are at Center City Church. These are all amazing symptoms that stem from a committed relationship with Christ.
You won’t hear us talking about being an outreach church (although we will serve our community). You won’t hear us say that we are a community-based church (although we will encourage and practice friendships, accountability and the sharing of life). You won’t hear us say that we are a missions church (although we will, and already have, support missionaries both stateside and abroad). All of these amazing symptoms of our faith come from the same source: the Gospel.
The Center of Center City Church is, and always will be, very simple and clearly defined: the Gospel. Defined, the Gospel means “the teaching and revelation of Christ.” We will teach about Christ. During our weekly gatherings, small groups and at coffee shops one on one all throughout our community. We will encounter the revelation of Christ during times spent reading his Word. The Center of Center City is the Gospel. The Center of Center City is the message of Jesus Christ. And from this central point of our lives will flow amazing symptoms.
We are generous because at the core of our being lives a generous God. We are compassionate because the author of compassion lives in us. We will preach, teach and model the same message that Paul taught all throughout Scriptures: the Gospel.
There is no greater aim than the Gospel. There is no better strategy than the Gospel. There is no more clear path to freedom and life than the Gospel. And the Gospel is the Center of Center City.