CITY CHURCH EXISTS TO EXTEND THE GLORY OF GOD BY MAKING DISCIPLES THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
What would it look like for a church, a local body of believers, to give their lives away to see the above occur? There are three driving ideas embedded into the City church mission statement that capture our hopes and dreams as a church and as individuals.
PART 1: TO EXTEND THE GLORY OF GOD
I have never read a more eternally valuable statement in all of my life than that which Paul penned in Philippians 1:20: “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” This statement, this mission, this God-exalting way of looking at life and the universe has forever changed City Church. The hope and expectation of Paul’s life was to exalt, or bring glory to, the name of Christ. If there is one hope for this church, it centers on this idea. Our goal is to extend the fame, the renown, and the beauty of God. The mission will take much risk and much sacrifice, hence the power of Paul’s next statement, “for to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Oh that God would use people like you and me for the sake of His fame among both the Williamsport area, Lycoming County and the nations.
PART 2: BY MAKING DISCIPLES
If asked, “How do we as a church extend the glory of God?” Our answer would be “disciple making.” The greatest way for the world to see a stunning picture of God is for our world to see stunning pictures of the lives He has changed. Disciple-making comes in two parts. Part one is proclaiming the Gospel to those who don’t know Jesus and desperately need him. This is God’s means of making a disciple. Part two is proclaiming the Gospel to those whom God has saved. This is God’s means of maturing disciples. So we want to be a place that extends the glory of God, and we do that by making and maturing disciples.
PART 3: THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
Our hope of bringing glory to God through lives changed lies squarely in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul, in Romans 1:16, says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: First for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” The Gospel is God’s means to both create a Christian and to continually change that Christian. In other words, we never move past the Gospel, just into the Gospel in deeper and more profound ways. The Holy Spirit, through the Gospel, continually works life-change in us. We would love to have you join us in this quest of making disciples.