gospel

The gospel is the highest value from which all others emanate. The gospel is the good news that the love and power of God has penetrated history in the person and work of Jesus Christ in order to redeem and renew the world. It is the work and record of Jesus (rather than our own) that makes possible our relationship with God. His power releases us from the trap of religion (the misconception that we can’t be acceptable unless we perform) and from the trap of irreligion (the misconception that we can be happy apart from God).




"I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge. I’d be in deep sh**. It doesn’t excuse my mistakes, but I’m holding out for Grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins on the cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don’t have to defend my own religiosity." - Bono

God loves the city. It is the center of cultural, social, economic, and spiritual engagement. It is both a place of refuge and a hub of diversity. The city is a place where religion and irreligion collide, a place where God is at work providing shelter for the weak and different, advancing cultural and human development, and cultivating spiritual searching. Therefore, our vision is that the city would become a better, richer, more hospitable place because of City Church’s commitment to the gospel in all things.




"We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation." - John F. Kennedy

city

story

For every story there is a storyteller. God is telling a grand story – a story that encompasses all of history, the city of Saint Louis, and each one of us. City Church is a place that celebrates the power and purpose of the story God is telling. It is a narrative that includes brokenness and healing, death and life, people and place. The gospel calls us to be a church where we acknowledge our place within this great story, each of us having a part to play in being restored and in bringing restoration.




"I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story, there is a story-teller." - G.K. Chesterton

We all want to see the best for Saint Louis and her future. At City Church, we believe it is the gospel that best addresses the renewal and progress of the city in every way (business, government, education, arts, etc.) and it is in the renewal of all things that we find the heart of God. Renewal comes by way of the gospel being applied to all spheres of life as Christians engage society and culture in vital and healthy ways. Our goal is not to simply encourage deeper faith, but promote civility in all of life.




"America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration." - Warren G. Harding

renewal

community

The gospel is relationship-building and life-promoting. It causes classes of people to love one another who would not otherwise associate without its healing power. It causes us to embrace and learn from generations, people-groups, ethnicities, and ideologies different than our own. It fosters honesty in relationships by creating a safe environment. It builds personal accountability, freeing us to correct each other lovingly (because we value each other’s welfare), and to receive correction graciously (because it helps us grow). Since the city can be both an opportunity and an obstacle to genuine community, City Church aims to apply the gospel to our lives in such a way that our relationships are not simply broadened, but deepened.




"I would never belong to a group that would accept someone like me as a member." - Groucho Marx

God is the author of pleasure. As human beings created in His image, we are pleasure-seekers by nature. We long to be satisfied in all things - in our relationships, in our work, in our play, and in our sexuality. Part of the human story, however, tells us that our appetite for pleasure does not always lead us down healthy paths. Though we all harbor a self-serving impulse to pursue personal happiness - at times even at great cost - the gospel of Jesus Christ provides us with the true paradigm for joy and satisfaction. Rather than being a lesson in asceticism, the gospel, by contrast, is a storehouse of pleasure. Therefore, the vision of City Church is to be a community of people characterized by true joy, genuine satisfaction, and a God-honoring appetite for pleasure.

 



"Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." -C.S. Lewis

pleasure