Serve the City '13 recap video

From the Downtown Cornerstone Church blog:  

Downtown Cornerstone Church is committed to building a great city, not just a great church. Our desire is to see gospel renewal take place from the avenues to the alleyways of this city that we love. On July 20th over 100 people from DCC partnered with Dunlap Elementary School in Rainier Valley to help with some much needed maintenance. We serve because we have been served, in Christ. The following clip gives a great recap of our time together serving the city. MORE...

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
— Jeremiah 29:7

Living a geographically integrated life

Have you ever thought about what it would look like to geographically integrate the major spheres of your life (work, home, church)? I didn’t give it much thought until our family moved downtown roughly three years ago. We downsized to one car (and one car insurance premium). We saw our gas bills decline sharply. We started walking to get groceries. Walking to the bank. Walking to the doctor. Walking to meetings. We began to actually know our neighbors, local baristas, clerks, and Real Change sellers. We were more readily available to help. More opportunities for the gospel naturally opened up because there were more opportunities (and time) for relationship building. I got more time with my family – time that otherwise would be spent commuting. 

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Michael Horton on the church and Christ's kingdom

The church is not simply another voluntary society, like the Boy Scouts or the Sierra Club. It’s an embassy of Christ’s Kingdom….unlike the rulers of this age, Jesus doesn’t ask us to shed our blood for his empire; he instead gave his own life for his realm. Then he was raised in glory as the beginning of the new creation, and now he is gathering coheirs into his kingdom who belong to each other because, together, they belong to him. The visible church is where you will find Christ’s kingdom on earth, and to disregard the kingdom is to disregard the king.
— Michael Horton, Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathan Leeman (Foreword, 14-15)

Serve the City ReCap | 07.21.12

On July 21st, 70 volunteers of Downtown Cornerstone walked the City Center of Seattle, from the avenues to the alley ways, collecting 24 large bags of garbage littered throughout the core. Our goal was simple: to sacrificially serve the city as we’ve been sacrificially served by Jesus Christ (Mat 20:28). Jesus willingly entered into our mess of sin and decay, so we gladly do the same for our city. (Rom 5:8; John 3:16; Phil 2:4-11) Check out some of the photos from that Saturday morning by clicking the photo above. A big thanks to Seattle Public Utilities and Adopt-a-Street for your partnership and assistance. This is just the beginning as we aim to spread the message and mercy of Jesus Christ, and in so doing, love our city to life. (HT: Downtown Cornerstone)