This Sunday we’re starting a new series at CityLife that I’ve been eagerly anticipating since the day the church started. The series is named after the third step in our church’s discipleship process, which is to equip followers of Jesus to radically love God, love people, and PROVE IT!
During his life and ministry, Jesus simplified religion to one basic premise.
Love God, and love people.
He lived his life centered on those two core values and disciplines. Then, after his resurrection, He set out to PROVE that He was still committed to the same radical love. Here’s how Luke, one of his biographers put it.
He presented himself alive after his suffering by many PROOFS, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
For forty days after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to hundreds of eye-witnesses, providing undeniable evidence that He still lives to love. We don’t have to wonder whether God loves us, or our world, or our city, or our neighbors.
Jesus proved it!
We’ll be exploring this thought for the next five weeks as a church. During that time, we’ll be having a lot of fun!
- We’ll be introducing our church’s first two community outreach partners!
- We’ll be introducing our church’s first missionary!
- We’ll be introducing some exciting plans for summer outreach in our neighborhood!
- We’ll be having our first ever water baptism celebration!!!
If you’re a CityLifer, I want to challenge you to make this series a priority! God is doing something special through us, and the best is still to come!!!
This year CityLife Church has the privilege of sponsoring the annual Christmas party for Philadelphia’s Children’s Choice foster care agency. Children’s Choice has an office in South Philly, and it’s been great to get to know their story and their passion for some awesome kids in our city.
The Christmas party is an opportunity each year to honor the foster care families that they work with. By sponsoring the party, CityLife gets to do a few specific things.
- We’re purchasing the Christmas gifts for each of the foster care kids.
- We’re purchasing the Christmas gifts for the foster family’s biological kids as well.
- We’ll be giving small gift bags to the foster parents.
- We’ll have a presence at the party to make it as memorable and fun as possible!
The party is next Thursday night, at a hotel downtown. Most of the gifts have been claimed by people in our church, but we still have a handful that need to be purchased. If you’re able to participate, please let me know.
One of our values at CityLife is to be compassionate. We want to serve our city in real, meaningful, and transformational ways.
If you have already adopted a child and purchased a gift, THANK YOU! Thanks for being a part of making this party such a highlight for these precious kids and their heroic families.
We’re reaching THE ONE!