In Genesis 2 the writer gives a second creation account that portrays God being even more intimately involved in His creation than in Genesis 1. Here, we see a picture of God, creating the Garden of Eden, a place where He could dwell with Adam and Eve. In this part of the creation story, we learn what it truly means to be human and how Jesus is a new answer to human hope in a broken world. (Genesis 2:1-17)

IQ: How are you called to ‘work and keep’ the Garden of Eden around you?

As we kick off our series in Genesis we meditate on the Creation Story in Genesis 1. Though there are valid debates of science, history, and physics within the accounts of Genesis we are reminded that Genesis 1 is written in the language of worship. Listen in to this first message as we reflect on the wonder of creation and how we might live in God’s Genesis 1 blessing in the midst of the Genesis 3 curse. (Genesis 1:1-28)

IQ: Who is God, and what is he up to in the world?

Oliver Wong

This week we conclude our series Defining Discipleship by discussing our plan to make disciples at CITYLIGHTS. Through the book of Acts, a pattern emerged that strengthened the early church for centuries.

IQ: How is God using your home for discipleship?

Oliver Wong

If someone asked you how to follow Jesus what would you tell them? This Sunday we continued our defining discipleship series by intentionally reflecting on the kinds of relationships that help people us follow Jesus to look like Him.

IQ: How could relationships around you grow more in invitation and challenge in Jesus?

Oliver Wong

At CITYLIGHTS we see a disciple as someone following Jesus to look like Him. From the beginning, God created man in His image: to agree in perfect intimacy, identity and authority with their Creator. Tragically, this creation became utterly shattered by man's sin. Jesus primary message: the Kingdom of Heaven is near was not just an invitation to go to Heaven when we die but to return to shared intimacy, identity, and authority of the garden. ‘Follow me’ was not just an invitation to be close to Jesus but to restored to look like God. In this message we answer and important question: what does it mean to follow Jesus to look like Him? Through study and reflection of the Scriptures, our prayer and plan at CITYLIGHTS is not just to know Jesus but look like Him in every part of our life.

IQ: Which pattern of Jesus’ life is most challenging for you to follow: UP, IN, or OUT?

Oliver Wong

At CITYLIGHTS we are devoted to building Family. Family plays a vital role in making disciples; while communities can assimilate people, but only Family can multiply disciples. In this family message we looked at Ephesians 4 and how the HS builds Family to follow Jesus and look like Him.

IQ: How will you build a church Family with the Holy Spirit that multiplies disciples this year?

This week, we set aside a morning to recognize and celebrate what our Children's Ministry was up to! What an exciting time led by our new Volunteer Children's Director, Julie Hafer. For more info about our Kid's Ministry, head to our website or email jhafer@citylights.cc

Andre Griner and Timothy Bayne

IQ: What is your Gospel Story and what are the Gospel stories around you?

This July at CITYLIGHTS we are hosting five conversations on our church values:

WORSHIP: When we BEHOLD the goodness of God we leave the HAVE-TO life to live the GET-TO life.

FELLOWSHIP: When we BELONG to the family of God we leave the life of ME to the life of WE.

DISCIPLESHIP: When we BELIEVE in the authority of Jesus, we are not conformed to the WORLD but transformed by the WORD.

MINISTRY: To BUILD the church of God we must GIVE to GIVE not GIVE TO GET.

EVANGELISM: We can BRING the Good News to the neighborhood and nation because ever MEMBER is a MISSIONARY.

Sheila Dotson and Oliver Wong

IQ: What are the needs of others? How might God supply those needs through you?

This July at CITYLIGHTS we are hosting five conversations on our church values:

WORSHIP: When we BEHOLD the goodness of God we leave the HAVE-TO life to live the GET-TO life.

FELLOWSHIP: When we BELONG to the family of God we leave the life of ME to the life of WE.

DISCIPLESHIP: When we BELIEVE in the authority of Jesus, we are not conformed to the WORLD but transformed by the WORD.

MINISTRY: To BUILD the church of God we must GIVE to GIVE not GIVE TO GET.

EVANGELISM: We can BRING the Good News to the neighborhood and nation because ever MEMBER is a MISSIONARY.

Oliver Wong and Julianne Welch 

IQ: What is God saying to you through scripture, community and the Holy Spirit, and how will you respond?

This July at CITYLIGHTS we are hosting five conversations on our church values:

WORSHIP: When we BEHOLD the goodness of God we leave the HAVE-TO life to live the GET-TO life.

FELLOWSHIP: When we BELONG to the family of God we leave the life of ME to the life of WE.

DISCIPLESHIP: When we BELIEVE in the authority of Jesus, we are not conformed to the WORLD but transformed by the WORD.

MINISTRY: To BUILD the church of God we must GIVE to GIVE not GIVE TO GET.

EVANGELISM: We can BRING the Good News to the neighborhood and nation because ever MEMBER is a MISSIONARY.

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