Our Mission is to multiply disciples and churches of all nations.
VALUES & RHYTHMS
We gather on Sundays to worship together, delight in the Word, practice the sacraments, petition the Father, and celebrate stories. These Sunday gatherings serve to launch us into the broader mission of multiplying disciples of Jesus and churches by equipping one another to proclaim and glorify Him in our neighborhoods and the nations.
We scatter throughout the week into City Groups, the heart of Citylight Church. They are not an optional program or a seasonal Bible study, but a family to belong to. A City Group is a mid-sized community of people who are growing in the Gospel, studying and obeying the Scriptures, connecting as a family, and striving to advance the Gospel in our city and around the globe. These groups are small enough to care for each other’s growth in Christ, but big enough to dare to engage the culture around them.
The values that drive Citylight Church are a commitment to reveling in God’s act of reaching down to us in the Gospel and responding by reaching up, in, and out.
Down | The Gospel
The Gospel is the “good news” that God has reached down to us in His Son, Jesus, to defeat sin and death and their effects in our world. Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, He has initiated and accomplished what we never could—restoring humanity and our world back into right relationship with God and therefore one another, making us who were dead, alive in Him purely through His great grace and mercy! This gospel is the “power of God” (Rom. 1:16) to overcome the penalty of sin and the power it holds over us and our world. The gospel holds the power for personal salvation, transformation, and renewal of neighborhoods, cities, and nations. We never move past Jesus and the Gospel.
Up | Formation
God’s work gives us a new identity which we will spend our whole life learning to live out of. In Christ, we are holy and blameless (Ephesians 1), given a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36), righteous (2 Corinthians 5), and citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20). God’s own Spirit is given to us which has the power to transform how we live, think, and act. This means that goal of the Gospel is not just to save us from hell, but to renew our character and lives “until Christ is formed in us” (Gal. 4:19). With our relationship with God restored, we are now able to sit in His presence! As we experience the presence of God through the indwelling of His Spirit, through reading His Word, and through praying to Him, we become more like Him.
In | FAMILY
Because of Christ’s work on the cross, we are adopted into God’s family. Not only does Jesus’ Gospel break down the barriers built up by our sin, but it breaks down the walls between us and the rest of humanity. God is calling a diverse people to Himself and with our variety of gifts, talents, wisdoms, and experiences we get to bless one another. When Jesus called us to Himself, He also called us into His family—the church, and we, therefore, believe that the church is not a place but a people. It’s not just a weekly assembly of individuals, but a family committed to loving each other and doing life. We scatter into City Groups to be deeply known, experience discipleship, encouragement, accountability, and live on mission.
Out | Mission
Jesus’ work on the Cross gives us the power and responsibility to continue His work of seeing people restored to relationship with God through the Gospel. When Jesus returned to His disciples after resurrecting, He commissioned them to be His messengers of the Gospel throughout the world. That commission has been passed down to us! Our whole Bible is the story of God bringing in those who were once far off for the sake of His glory, including us. Just as Jesus left the comforts of Heaven and sacrificed Himself for our salvation, we get to the leave behind comfort and enter into a life lived sacrificially for the sake of others hearing the lifesaving truth of the Gospel. “Missions” is not one sub-ministry, but the very core of the church.