Marks of Grace City Culture
We want to be just like them.
The church in 1st century Jerusalem was such a beautiful mess. Jesus captured the hearts of thousands of people in this city to give their undivided allegiance to him and to do the Father’s will in Jerusalem as it is in heaven.
Disciples from all different places and life experiences are now striving to do life and mission with God and one another under the same spiritual roof as a family.
Just like life in any family, it’s both happy & hard. It’s filled with triumph & tragedy. They support each other and they fail each other. This community of disciples is broken but Jesus is making them into something beautiful for the fame of God and the renewal of their city.
Their life together had a rhythm and that rhythm formed a culture. They gathered and they scattered— hanging out at the Temple and in each other’s homes, learning more about Jesus, eating meals, sharing their belongings, pouring out their hearts in prayer, experiencing miracles, loving their neighbors, sharing the gospel, seeing many converted, and celebrating God’s grace in songs of praise. While all this is going on they are overwhelmed by a sense that the very presence of God is in their midst.
They would regularly break bread and drink wine to remind themselves about the good news that made all this possible—Jesus lived, died, rose from the dead and would one day come back to make all things new. This was a community of disciples whose cultural rhythms produced both maturity & multiplication all throughout their city in fulfillment of the final instructions of Jesus.
This church is not a monument—they’re a model.
At Grace City Church we want to be like them. We want their rhythm of life & mission to be our rhythm. We want their culture to be our culture. By the grace of God we long to be a beautiful mess just like them, maturing & multiplying disciples for the fame of God and the renewal of our city.
Culture of Radical-Devotion
“they devoted themselves”
Culture of Deep-Learning
Culture of Shared-Life
Culture of Gospel-Remembrance
“breaking of bread”
Culture of God-Dependence
Culture of Experiencing-God
“awe came upon every soul”
Culture of Joyful-Celebration
Culture of Neighborhood-Engagement
“favor with all the people”
Culture of New-Life
“the Lord added to their number day by day”
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” -Acts 2:42-47