It All Began Ten Months Ago…
In the beginning of the book of Acts, Jesus’ disciples are in the upper room waiting for the promised Holy Spirit.
We’re told there were about 120 of them (Acts 1:15). Jesus had already risen from the grave. He already commissioned them on His mission to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8), armed with the gospel. He then ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9). They were now waiting for God to show up, to provide further direction and to empower them for His mission. Imagine what was going through their minds as they waited for what God was going to do next. The questions. The uncertainties. The excitement. The fears. The hopes. Though we now have ready access to the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ, as a newly forming church we find ourselves in much the same place.
Ten months ago a small group of us began praying.
We began by asking God what kind of church He wanted planted in the heart of downtown Seattle.
- What would it value?
- What would it be about?
- How would it engage the city?
- How would it connect the people of the city to Jesus?
- How would it effectively express the message and mercy of Jesus?
- How would it make Him look as good as He really is?
So, we started praying, networking, serving, and sharing the Gospel. People began to hear what we were doing, some moved downtown to join us. We met in conference rooms, apartments, coffee shops and office buildings. People found us via word-of-mouth. People found us online (web, Facebook, Twitter). Some even found us on accident (though, we know it was no accident).
We continued to do the only things we knew how to do: praying, serving, building relationships, and sharing the gospel.
Over time we began seeing incredible answers to prayer, supernatural provision, and new relationships being formed. God was creating a new Jesus-following people in the city. Then, two months ago we began weekly gatherings, multiplied communities, grew our launch team, cultivated missional and ministry health and identified a more permanent place to gather. Jesus was clearly going before us in building His church.
Now, on the verge of launching, we’re already seeing people begin to follow Him, babies being born, a couple getting married, people from around the country (and world!) are getting connected, and people from the avenues to the alley ways are worshiping Jesus together.
Our mission is clear. We exist to build a great city through the gospel of Jesus for God’s glory. That means we exist to be a people who deeply love Jesus and deeply love the people of this city. A great city will be built as the people of this city are connected to Him.
Our launch as a church is this Sunday. God has led the way, opening doors, creating opportunities and laying roads where there were none. He is forming a new people that are Gospel-centered, Jesus-loving, and city-focused. But, what exactly is next? We don’t know. But, what we do know is this: Our God is good and He is faithful and he is sending us to into this city and the cities of the world with the message and mercy of Jesus.