This is a series about how God changes us from the heart. We saw that the fruit of the Spirit is a picture of a changed life—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That’s the destination. The way we get there is by living in the Spirit. The Bible tells us what it means to live by the Spirit and Bill W. and Dr. Bob who wrote 12-step recovery program did a great job distilling it from the Big Big Book, the Bible. So, we are going to look at what it means to live by the Spirit as we look at the process outlined in the 12-step recovery program; and as we do this, we are going to do this from the perspective of its biblical roots just as the co-founders did.
New City Church is at a critical moment in its history. God has blessed us. While we still have a long way to go, we have made significant progress in becoming a diverse and inclusive gospel-centered church in downtown Los Angeles that loves and seeks justice for the neighborhood. God has built a unique and beautiful church here in downtown. The question that the leadership has been asking is what God is calling us to do now? After a year of prayer and communal discernment, we believe that the Holy Spirit has spoken.
Prayer is at the heart our faith. Prayer is conversation with God. If the center of our life is our relationship with God, then, conversation with God—prayer—has to be at the heart of our life. This series will be both theological and practical. The goal of this series is to lead us to experience a Prayer-FULL life, a broader, deeper, and consistent prayer life.
The thesis of this series is that the gospel is the third way, beyond liberal and conservative. There are so many people who are turned off by the church. That breaks my heart, but I can’t blame them. What they see in the church is often disturbing. Many see liberal churches as inclusive but without spiritual vitality and many see conservative churches as spiritually zealous but judgmental and intolerant. They do not want to be a part of either kind of church. I think most people outside of the church feel this way. But, I know that they are still hungry for God. They are hungry for something more than “live, work and play.” Is there another way? This series contents that there is a third way of being a Christian and being the church: the gospel-centered way. I believe it is radically different than the liberal way or the conservative way. And this is at the heart of the vision of New City.
This is a series about relational conflicts. We often shutdown, lash out, or get out when conflicts hit us. How does God help us deal with conflict and bring reconciliation?