Jesus made a promise to His disciples. I will build my church (Matthew 16:18). Along with the promise of building His Church, our Lord also promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against it. And so it has been since the life, death, resurrection and ascension of King Jesus. Believers have endured in every generation, gathering together in order to live out the great commandment (Mark 12:30) and to fulfill the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20) to the glory of God. God has been faithful to set apart individuals throughout history to equip the saints for the work of the ministry for the building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12). To Him be Glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever amen (Ephesians 3:21).
And now in our generation, in the city named the most dangerous place to live in America, we sense the call of God to plant a local church in U City and subsequently several churches by God’s grace throughout St. Louis and beyond as our Lord sees fit. This endeavor is one of confidence, not in ourselves, but in the Sovereign God of the universe, who is able to take ordinary people, and shape and mold them to do extraordinary things to the fame of His name. Understanding that God has called us to this task, our heart’s aim and soul’s posture has been one of a humble and prayerful searching of the Scriptures to rekindle that love of God the Father, life of God the Son and leading of God the Spirit in order that we be a church for the city to the glory of God.
In doing so we envision a strong, vibrant church that is culturally relevant, missional and doctrinally sound; a church that is magnetic, drawing people from all walks of life; a Christ-centered environment with heartfelt worship and deep authentic relationships amongst believers and those in the surrounding community; a place where men and women are equipped to live Christ-centered lives, who understand the call of discipleship. We believe simply that sin is the problem, the gospel is the answer and the church for whom Christ died and gave himself (Ephesians 5:25) is God’s plan for the restoration of our city.
The way that we Pursue Christ is by being committed to his Means of Grace: Prayer, Studying of the Scriptures, Corporate Gatherings, Fasting, Forging Intimate Relationships with Believers, Discipleship, & Worship.
God has made available to His children means by which we grow in intimacy with Him and Christ likeness, that results in us being useful to our Master for service. (2 Timothy 2:21)
SPREAD HIS AROMA
At the very heart of everything we do as a church, we want Christ to be lifted up. This is why, in our worship gatherings, we seek to read the Word, pray the Word, preach the Word, and sing the Word… because we’re certain that no one exalts Christ more than God Himself.
(Acts 5:31; Philippians 2:9)
It’s also important to understand that our membership in the local church doesn’t end “at church” (that is, in our times of gathering), because our membership in the local church flows from our membership in the eternal Church. Not only do we exalt Christ corporately, but we exalt Christ individually, as a dispersed family. In your work place, at the gym and in buying groceries at the store, your purpose remains the same: Lift high the name of Christ!
CHANGE OUR CITY
Change for any city that is eternal and lasting begins in the heart of individuals who are rocked by the Good News of the Gospel. Gospel-changed lives result in changed homes; changed homes result in changed neighborhoods; changed neighborhoods result in a changed city. We are seeking by the grace of the Lord Jesus to be change agents in our city and beyond as our Lord would see fit to use us.
A direct result of pursuing Christ is extending the knowledge of Christ to others (evangelism). As your understanding of Christ and the Good News of the Gospel grows, your delight in telling others grows. Gradually, as we pursue Christ our lives become a visible witness to the world of the reality of Christ’s Lordship.