Over the next 4 weeks, our church will be participating with 73 churches in the greater Charlotte area, reaching over 41,000 people at those churches in our city with a unified message. To share what is at the core of what all Christians and churches value, no matter the denomination, or background.
Over the course of these four weeks, we will talk about what it means for our churches to be:
- For the Gospel
- For the Church (Specifically, For the unity of the Church)
- For our Neighbor
- For our City
Big Idea For Week 1:
The greatest gift the Church can give to Charlotte is the Gospel.
Why is the gospel the greatest gift we can give to Charlotte? Two reasons:
1. Many people trust in a false gospel. (Galatians 2:11-15)
2. Only the gospel has the power to save. (Galatians 2:15-21)
"Many people who call themselves 'Christians' agree that 2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus died on a cross, but when push comes to shove, they are still relying on their good deeds to grant them access into the Kingdom of God. That’s religion. Religion says it's 'up to you' and you can never do enough. But the gospel is about surrender. The gospel is about transferring trust from ourselves to the finished work of Jesus Christ. The gospel is about freedom found only in giving up control."
"Should we work to love our neighbor? Yes. Should we strive for church unity? Yes. Should we work to see our city transformed for the Kingdom? Yes. But it all starts with the gospel of Jesus. Only the power of Jesus, by His Spirit, can truly change lives. Sharing the gospel is the greatest gift we can give to Charlotte."
How can we strive to be a gospel-centered church?
1. Share It (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
2. Remember It (1 Corinthians 15:1)
To remember the gospel is to remember that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. One of the main attributes we will share with all other Christians in heaven is that none of us will deserve to be there.
We should regularly thank the Lord for His ongoing work in our lives and remember how amazing it is that we are saved. Remembering the gospel promotes a personal humility as well as fueling an evangelistic fervor to share this good news with others.
3. Display It (Ephesians 2, 3)
The church is a counter cultural movement of the gospel working in the lives of people.
The church is not made up of perfect people. We are not a country club for those who have “paid their dues.” We are a community of saints, justified by faith in Christ displaying love, grace, generosity, and truth to a city that desperately needs to experience it.
At The Cross
What a Beautiful Name
God of All Creation
Great Are You Lord