Back To The Basics: State of City 01/26/2020

Pastor Pete Hartwig

Sermon Notes

SLIDE: State of the Church


Thanks to the CityChurch lead team…


Church is a place where we are often called to remember because in the Kingdom of God remembering sets the trajectory for us to look ahead and to end up where God wants us to be.


To be cut loose from our moorings means we will be blown around by every wind of culture and the latest fad.


The church is to be lived out of the eternal always relevant, life giving and time tested Kingdom of God

SLIDE: Biblically Based, Relationally Driven & Spirit Led

Relationship truly is the essence of life

God has sent the Holy Spirit to live out…


SLIDE: Calling people to “Follow Jesus and Serve Others


(reminder from last week) Plural our, we, us

SLIDE: The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9-13


“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

Making the Lord’s prayer personal in 2 ways…

SLIDE: “Thy Kingdom Come… in Charlottesville as it is in heaven”

Secondly –


SLIDE:  “You are a part of the answer to every prayer you pray”  – J. Robert Ashcroft


AWARE – State of the church –


New Year 2020 but a  New Decade

SLIDE: “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” – Bill Gates

SLIDE: “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” – Bill Gates

THEME of 2020 and new decade

SLIDE: HOME   (the image Ryan just made) 

God has placed in the hearts of ALL people a longing for HOME.


He went “HOME” to be with the Lord.


Longing for HOME here too…


HOME is chasing us in Christ – Peter


1st HOME: For our church –  


How can we all fit?


Multiple services – Here too… worship in one serve in the other.


Serve others by parking –  able bodied


2nd HOMES for citychuch


3rd – HOME: Where you live


Dorm, hotel, an Apartment, House


SLIDE: Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


SLIDE: Feet to Our Faith 

Practical – livable – challenging – life changing for you and your neighbors

SLIDE: HOME   (the image Ryan just made) 

Mr. Rogers – being a neighbor –

Won’t you be my neighbor

SLIDE: Good News – Hospitality – Neighborliness – Family


We are asking you to partner with us!

Sharing the Good News of Jesus

Loving your neighbor as yourself


ENVELOPES – Address the card and prayer


Worship song: YOU AND YOU ALONE