Ephesians 2:8-10:  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
What we DO as a family. (aka Good Works which God prepared in advance for us to walk in)
We are committed to love and care for each other – (Ephesians 3:14-20; Ephesians 4 – 6) – In short, we have each other’s backs by providing words of encouragement and counsel, meals to the sick, and celebrations for special occasions. We hang out a lot. We eat together and play together. We are a family and as such we care for each other spiritually, emotionally, physically and relationally.
We disciple and train each other
(Ephesians 3:14-20; Ephesians 4 – 6) – We believe that deep within every person is the desire to be the best person they can be – the person they were made to be. But we need help along that journey toward growth and maturity. That’s why we invest heavily in discipling and training each other through Bible study and practical theological study, seeking to answer the real questions real people are really asking.
We reconcile with each other
(Ephesians 2:11-22; Ephesians 4) – Yes, there are “walls of hostility” that often fragment us in this world and especially in our neighborhood. Walls of hostility that we build to separate us from those who don’t look like us, act like us, and have our same heritage or culture or bank account. As God’s family, however, we are called to confess our own responsibility in constructing those walls and through the power of the Gospel, break them down. We do that by being very intentional to lean against our desire to “tribe up”, recognizing that God’s tribe consists of every nation, tongue and culture.
We reach out to our community
(Ephesians 2:11-3:6; Ephesians 4; Ephesians 6) – As children in the family of God, we are…by definition…in the family business of bringing the good news of the Gospel to bear against the darkness and brokenness of this world. We do that by offering educational tutoring, youth Bible studies and cross-cultural training. We provide a refuge for the abused through counseling and pastoral care. And we provide opportunities for relationships for children, youth and adults through youth groups, community groups and men’s and women’s groups.
We worship our God
(Ephesians 3:7-13; Ephesians 4; Ephesians 6) – Human beings are made in the image of God with the primary purpose of worshipping Him. The South City Church family seeks to live out that calling in all of our lives by gathering together weekly to sing his praises, read his Word, pray for his guidance and thank him for his goodness. We also encourage a whole life of worship, as we endeavor to live out this fundamental purpose in every sphere of life.
And we pray
(Ephesians 1; Ephesians 6) – Prayer acknowledges that while our problems may be bigger than we are, we have a God who is bigger than they are. Prayer is the way we talk to our heavenly Father and the very source of our ongoing fellowship with Him and his Holy Spirit. Through prayer – together – we grow in community, we bear each other’s burdens, and we look in faith to our faithful and infinitely approachable God.
South City Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
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