I have a confession to make: I’m a doubter. I believe in Jesus. I love him deeply. But, if I’m honest, it’s sometimes difficult for me to believe. Because I wrestle with my faith, I find it wonderfully refreshing that Jesus is not put off by those of us with questions, who struggle to believe.
This Sunday in our new sermon series—called “Come & See”—we’ll look at Jesus’ encounter with a skeptical man named Nathaniel, who was suspicious, even cynical of him. City Church is designed to be a place for people like Nathaniel. We know it’s a complicated thing to believe, particularly as we respectfully inhabit our modern, secular, pluralistic culture and thoughtfully engage in it.
This Sunday’s sermon is also about Philip, who having become a follower of Jesus, told Nathaniel about him. Followers of Jesus do that. They tell their friends about Jesus. We see this regularly in the New Testament. Trust me, I know that’s also a very difficult thing to do today. And it’s one of the reasons why we’ve started City Church.
Every worship service at City Church is designed with your friends in mind who do not believe or struggle to believe in Jesus. We want everyone to be able to explore freely their questions of faith.
One of my favorite statements about the church comes from William Temple, who said, “the church is the one institution that exists for the benefit of those outside of it.” Let’s build a church for the benefit of those outside of it. Help us create an ethos at City Church that clearly says, “skeptics and cynics welcome.” And would you also help us by inviting others to our worship services, especially this Sunday? I know, it’s risky. But it’s also courageous. And, as with Nathaniel, it may just be exactly what they need.
See you Sunday!