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For the City

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We are thrilled to welcome Rev. Katie Fowler to our pulpit this weekend. Katie began as an intern with us, continued into full-time ministry, then finished seminary and was ordained right here at First Pres. A few years ago, she and her husband Chuck responded to God's call to plant a new church in Denver. I have asked Katie to come back and preach this weekend as we talk about the Future Jesus who builds His city-a city built around a beautiful River of Life.

Our mission statement is that we are called to reflect the love of Jesus as Light and Life for the City. In other words, we are presenting the Gospel (Light) and performing the mission (Life) in a posture of helpfulness (for) our own city of Colorado Springs. But the City we are really longing for is the coming City of God. In all our actions, we reflect our citizenship in that city above all.

It is interesting how Jesus uses cities in His mission. Cities are places of gathered people, competing ideas, intersecting cultures and active commerce. That's a place where the Gospel can find traction. Most of the letters of the New Testament were written to churches in city centers. Our own current study in Revelation is a study of a writing delivered to seven cities. Our commitment to the city will bear fruit.

In the early church, Christianity was most impactful in city environments. Rodney Stark, a sociologist who has studied the surprising rise of the Christian church in the Roman Empire, writes:

"To cities filled with the homeless and impoverished, Christianity offered charity as well as hope. To cities filled with newcomers and strangers, Christianity offered and immediate basis for attachments. To cities filled with orphans and widows, Christianity provided a new and expanded sense of family. To cities torn by violent ethnic strife, Christianity offered a new basis for social solidarity... Once Christianity did appear, its superior capacity for meeting these chronic problems soon became evident and played a major role in its ultimate triumph. What it brought was not simply an urban movement, but a new culture."

Our church in the city is an alternative city within the city, demonstrating a new way of life. One centered on a Savior, from Whom streams rivers of living water! I hope you will worship with us this weekend and see Future Jesus and the City He builds.

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