MISSION AND VISION
New City Church exists to cultivate gospel-centered church communities that multiply disciples of Jesus and churches for the glory of God.
Our mission is not all that original. In fact, our mission, or as we like to call our missionary mandate is given to all churches and Christians past, present, and future. Before Jesus left earth to rule and reign with God in heaven he gave his band of followers (disciples) and future disciples this simple mandate from Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
New City Church is not trying to be relevant, but rather, rediscover and be faithful to the faith/gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-9, Phil. 1:27) handed down to us through the prophets/apostles of Scripture (Luke 24:44-49) contextualized for a new generation of people.
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
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The gospel is the good news that God entered human history taking on flesh in the person of Jesus Christ to restore, renew, and reconcile all creation to himself through his life, substitutionary atoning death on the cross, and his bodily resurrection from the dead.
The gospel is the driving center of the church, Christian living, and cosmic renewal (1 Cor. 15:1-9, Galatians 1:1-10, Ephesians 1-2, Romans 1:16-17). The gospel is how people are united to Christ through faith and how they are sustained in the Kingdom of God. We never move beyond the gospel we only go deeper into it. The gospel is not What we Do, the gospel is about What He (Jesus) Has Done for rebellious sinners.
WHAT IS A GOSPEL-CENTERED CHURCH?
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If the gospel is the central feature of human history; this means we are to keep the gospel central to the church. In the gospel the glory of God is revealed most beautifully, powerfully, and specifically in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The gospel is driving engine of the mission of the church. The gospel is what reconciles man to God, and man to each other, and what transforms lives and communities. If God is to get the most glory and proven to be infinitely beautiful and treasured the gospel must be displayed in everything we do: from corporate worship, teaching, discipleship, evangelism, prayer, mercy ministry, counseling, fellowship, and church planting.
The gospel must be infused and central to all we do as God’s people. And, the church of Jesus Christ is God’s Plan A for reconciling all things to himself (Eph. 2:11-22). The church is where God’s wisdom is put on display (Eph. 3:8). God loves his church (Eph. 5:25). Which means, we must be passionately committed to the building up, establishing, and planting of new gospel-centered churches in our city and world.
WHAT IS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS?
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The reason we emphasize the “multiplying of disciples” is because God desires to reconcile people to himself through the gospel and glorify himself (Eph. 1-2). A disciple of Jesus is one who has been born again by the Spirit of God (John 3), is being renewed by the Spirit of God as a new creation (2 Cor. 5:16-21), and is growing in love for God and love of neighbor (Matt. 22:34-40).
A disciple is one who is walks in ultimate trust, adoration, worship, service, and joy in Christ Jesus. A disciple is one who is participating in a local covenant community (church) through the initiation of baptism and is learning to be obedient to Jesus through corporate worship and the teaching of the church (discipleship) (Matt. 28:19-20).
A disciple is also someone who is helping others become disciples through teaching and evangelism. We want to make it clear that a disciple of Jesus is not a good church member, moral person, or spiritually minded individual. A disciple of Jesus walks with Jesus and demonstrates spiritual fruit in their life through joyful obedience. A disciple of Jesus desires to glorify God in all things, loves the church and God’s people, loves the gospel, and loves the mission of God to see humanity reconciled to God.
WHAT IS THE GLORY OF GOD?
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Our mission emphasizes the glory of God. What does this mean? God has a plan to fill the earth with his glory (Hab. 2:14). The world has been created by God and for His glory. God is glorified when he is seen as beautiful, worthy, valuable, and central to all of life. God’s glory is belittled because of sin, idolatry, and unbelief (Rom. 3:23, 1:23, Eph. 2:1-3).
We believe that God is shown to be beautiful, treasured, honored, valued, exalted, and worthy in all the earth when people become disciples through the gospel, mature as disciples, and churches are being planted (Matt. 28:19-20, Eph. 1-2, Romans 1-12) for the glory of Christ.
The mission of the Church universal is to glorify God by making disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s mission and the mission of His Church are inseparably linked. If God’s mission is to be glorified through the redemption and reconciliation of a people, the Church’s mission must orient around the glory of God and seek to glorify Him through redemption and reconciliation.
The mission of the Church is highlighted in 2 Corinthians 5. As those who have been reconciled to God through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are now ambassadors of reconciliation to a lost and broken world. We plead, urge, implore, reason, pray, serve, preach, teach and gather to see God glorified through reconciliation. In other words, we can’t talk about the gospel, the church, and disciples of Jesus without talking about the Glory of God. They all work together.
In the end, New City Church desires to be built on the person and work of Jesus, for the Glory of God, and the renewal of all things through the gospel.