Series Title: ORDINARY

Dr. David Kirkpatrick - T. Gannon Fellow, FSU Department of Religion, City Church member

Series Summary: In society today, we are experiencing something called "the cult of extraordinariness." The thought of being simply ordinary is offensive to us in today's fast-paced, over-achiever world. This is impacting the Church at large, since for the Christian, following Jesus is counter-cultural. There is a pendulum constantly swinging between enthusiasm for following Christ, and disillusionment at what that actually means. The Scriptures point us to a different story: one of ordinary life. This life consists of steady maturation, gradual growth, and the slow process of becoming more like Christ within the community of the Church. 

Sermon Notes: 

An ordinary Christian has a mission in the ordinary. A life focused on sharing the gospel is not only for a specific group of people ("professional missionaries"), but for every person who follows Christ. 

[Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:2]

God wants to give us a new motivation in living a life on mission.

In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul writes that the love of Christ now compels Christians to share a message of reconciliation. For the Christian, every person is seen in view of eternity, no longer in a worldly perspective. 

Reflection Question: Do you feel the pain of people searching for meaning in their lives? 

The love of Christ working in us begins to turn our inward focus outward, toward the needs of others. 

There is no such thing as a Christian without a mission. In Christ, God is unleashing a healed and whole YOU into the world, to live on mission for Christ. 

How can we practically live on mission? 

1. Practice hospitality when it is inconvenient or not easy for us. 

2. Intentionally build relationships to share the love of Christ with people who are difficult to love. 

3. Do for one what you wish you could do for all. 

All of these opportunities to serve others should lead to Gospel conversations. We cannot simply practice kindness; we must preach the message of reconciliation that is found in Christ, which Paul tells in 2 Corinthians. 



Series Title: ORDINARY 

Series Summary: In society today, we are experiencing something called "the cult of extraordinariness." The thought of being simply ordinary is offensive to us in today's fast-paced, over-achiever world. This is impacting the Church at large, since for the Christian, following Jesus is counter-cultural. There is a pendulum constantly swinging between enthusiasm for following Christ, and disillusionment at what that actually means. The Scriptures point us to a different story: one of ordinary life. This life consists of steady maturation, gradual growth, and the slow process of becoming more like Christ within the community of the Church. 

Sermon Notes: 

In today's world, we're lost in our selfish impulses and impatient desires for more. Repeatedly in the New Testament in the Bible, we are called, in Paul's words, to grow up and put away our childish ways. (1 Corinthians 13:11)

In reality, most of us are not the stars of our own movies. We're called to a life of gradual growth. God, on the other hand, is hardly ordinary, but he delights in working in the ordinary. 

The ordinary Christian life is one of daily trusting Christ, daily repenting of our sins, daily believing the Gospel, daily loving God and our neighbor, and daily proclaiming the Gospel to ourselves, our families, our friends, and our communities. 

Ordinary Christians are worshipers. In the Old Testament, before the coming of Christ, worship was something you did. Worship was offered at a specific place, such as the temple, and included a sacrifice such as an animal sacrifice, to atone for sin, performed by the priest. In the New Testament, as Jesus comes to Earth, worship changes. 

[Read John 4:13-24]

Now we worship in Spirit and in Truth. What does that mean? 

Now that Jesus has come, worship is no longer about a place, a presentation, or a posture...it's about a person. It's about Jesus. 

True worship happens in Spirit and in Truth.

Spirit = the change that happens inside of you, by the Holy Spirit, as a response to faith in Christ and worship of God for who He is.

Truth = worshipping Jesus as He truly is, not who you want Him to be or make Him to be to fit your lifestyle.

Worship is: "moment by moment recognition and response to the greatness and goodness of God." 

[Read Romans 11:36-12:1]

Jack & Jill

Jack & Jill

Jack & Jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down & broke his crown.
And Jill came tumbling after.

Few things are more complex in today's culture than ideas of gender, sexuality, and marriage. However, the Bible is very clear about God's design and purpose for us. Pastor Dean wrapped up a series called Jack and Jill, in which he explored why Jack and Jill went up the hill and were broken, and how God's design for our relationships brings clarity in a complicated world.

Watch all of this 3 part sermon series here:

Fall At A Glance

Fall At A Glance

There are opportunities each week this fall to get connected at City Church through serving, joining a group, or attending a special event. On the blog, you will find important dates and information about how you can take a next step and find the environment or experience that's right for you. 



9/1 | Young Professionals Network at Fox & Stag in Midtown - 6:00-7:30pm 

9/2 | Young Professionals Coffee & Connections with Access Tallahassee - Four Points Sheraton Downtown - 8:00-9:00am 

9/11 | City Groups launch week - Click on the CONNECT tab on our website and select CITY GROUPS for more info

9/12 | City Church U College Service - MINISTRIES tab + COLLEGE for more info

9/18 | Baptisms - GROW tab + BAPTISM for more info and to sign up to get baptized

          NEXT Class - CONNECT tab + NEXT for more info and to register for NEXT class


10/1 | Redemption Groups launch - GROW tab + REDEMPTION GROUPS for more info 

10/10 | City Church U College Service - More info coming soon! 

10/23 | Baptism - GROW tab + BAPTISM for more info and to sign up to get baptized 

            NEXT Class - CONNECT tab + NEXT for more info and to register for NEXT class 

10/25 | City Church U College Connect Event - 6:30pm at Maple Street Biscuit Co. 

10/26 | City Church U College Connect Event - 6:30pm at Maple Street Biscuit Co. 

11/10-11/13 | College Missions Trip - New Orleans, LA - More info coming soon! 

11/13 | Child Dedications - MINISTRIES tab + KIDS for more info and to register your child 

11/20 | Baptism - GROW tab + BAPTISM for more info and to sign up to get baptized 

11/20 | NEXT Class - CONNECT tab + NEXT for more info and to register for NEXT class 

11/21 | City Church U College Service - More info coming soon! 

12/4 | Christmas On The Moon - The Moon Nightclub - More info coming soon! 

12/ 11 | Baptism - GROW tab + BAPTISM for more info and to sign up to get baptized 

Women's Event Media

Women's Event Media

On August 12-13, 2016, women gathered at City Church for a mini-conference style gathering just for women. This time of music, teaching, and connecting with other women was designed to invest in the spiritual growth of women of all ages at City Church and in Tallahassee. 

The Women's Event featured keynote speaker Trillia Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission with the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia writes and speaks on gospel issues such as racial diversity, life, and other current events. She is the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves

To view video media from the Women's Event, select the links below. 

Session One: What God Says About Fear 

Session Two: The God We Can Trust 

Session Three: How The Gospel Unites Us

Session Four: The Gospel And Current Events: A Panel Conversation

For a digital resource to learn more about what God's Word says for women, download this online devotional study which takes us through the Bible's teaching on fear and faith. 


Fear, Faith, & Identity In Christ: A Devotional For Women

Thank you for joining us for the 2016 Women's Event! For more information about taking a next step, joining a City Group to connect with other women, or to learn more about growing in your faith at City Church, please search our website under the CONNECT tab or GROW tab. 


Backpacks for Godby High School

Backpacks for Godby High School

On the first day of school the halls are full of bustling students, rushing to find their new classrooms, toting a new backpack full of school supplies. However, this isn't the case for all students. We want to change that.

Every year we support our Community Partner, Godby High School, by holding a backpack drive. We want to make sure every student has the tools needed to be successful and start the year off right. With the end of summer comes back to school shopping. While you're out and about we encourage you to pick up an extra backpack and fill it with supplies to help us support the students of Godby High School.

Not sure what to pick up? Here are a few suggestions:

- New backpack (preferably a simple design and color)
- Single subject notebooks
- 3 ring binders
- Pocket folders
- Pens
- Pencils
- Flashcards

You can drop off filled backpacks in our lobby at our Sessions Road Campus every Sunday now through August 14.

A Message from Pastor Dean on Current Events

A Message from Pastor Dean on Current Events

This past Sunday, July 10th, Pastor Dean addressed the church with a statement on recent events, including the killings of Dallas, TX Police, and of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both black men who died after being shot by police in two separate instances.

Pastor Dean called for racial reconciliation in response to the Gospel, and for Christians to strive for a deeper understanding of one another in light of our shared experience as sons and daughters of God. 

To view his message, originally shared via City Church social media, watch here. 

July At A Glance

July At A Glance

There are still opportunities to get connected this summer through serving, groups, and special events at City Church. Take a look below at some of the happenings that we are excited about in July! 

07.08.16 | Coffee & Connections with Access Tallahassee

8:00-9:00am at Beans at Betton. This networking event is for all young professionals in Tallahassee. Coffee & Connections is hosted by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. 

07.14.16 - 07.17.16 | City Church Youth Summer Camp - "Can't Be Stopped" 

City Church Youth is hosting its first ever in town camp for rising 6-12th graders! For more information and to register your student, visit YouthCityChurch.com.

07.25.16 - 07.29.16 | City Church KiDS Camp - "Walk This Way" 

City Church KiDS Camp is back! This summer, we'll follow the Apostle Paul as we look at the life of Jesus and learn how to join Paul in telling others about Him. Registration is free and still open! Visit CityChurchKids.com to register your child. 

07.29.16 | Team Tallahassee Football Kick-Off

City Church is kicking off high school football in Tallahassee with a dinner for public high school varsity football players on Friday, July 29 at 6:00pm at City Church. To serve or learn more about Team Tallahassee serving opportunities throughout the fall, email travis.smith@citychurchtallahassee.com. 

A Trip to Columbia

A Trip to Columbia

Cartagena is a bustling port city located on the northern coast of Colombia. It reminds me of Miami: with enormous skyscrapers overlooking white sand beaches. Only, in Cartagena, donkeys roam the streets and there are more motorbikes than there are cars.

Michael and I landed in Cartagena with the goal to connect with two missionaries and learn how City Church could partner with them and send teams of people for short-term mission trips in the future. Truthfully, we didn’t know what to expect, but our main focus was to try and learn as much as possible about the two men’s ministries and life in the few days we had with them.

We were initially greeted in the airport by Brian Massey, his cowboy hat sticking out through the crowd of taxi drivers trying to hustle us for a ride. Originally from Dallas, Brian has been in Cartagena as a missionary for the International Mission Board (IMB) for over 25 years. Even though he calls Cartagena home now, his unmistakable southern accent is recognizable even when he speaks Spanish.

We spent the bulk of our first day talking to Brian under a mango tree in our hotel courtyard, every now-and-then ducking our heads to avoid the mango’s falling from the branches. We learned that Brian’s primary focus is unreached people groups throughout Colombia, particularly the Zenu Indians. For most of the afternoon he peppered us with his ideas and strategies on how to bring the gospel into Zenu villages and reservations that have never heard it before. At the end of our conversations he invited us to join him the following day for some bible study and leadership meetings at a Zenu village an hour outside of town. Michael and I agreed without hesitation.

The following day with Brian was a blur. We spent the day participating in leadership meetings with the leaders of the Zenu church Brian helped plant. We walked house to house for discipleship meetings; each house offering a cup of coffee as we entered. We met Omar who works 6 days a week as a farm hand and on Sunday pastors the church in his village. For lunch we shared a meal of roasted chicken, yucca, and unidentifiable soup with Brian’s core leadership team, afterwards setting out again for more conversations and house visits.

By the time we got to the car at the end of the day we were exhausted. Two ladies, both in their 80’s, rode with us on the way home. Two of Brian’s earliest converts in Colombia, their stories provided a unique perspective on the ministry happening on the outskirts of Cartagena. Their eagerness to see their families, friends, and neighborhoods know The Lord is something that’ll stick with me the rest of my life.

The latter half of our trip was spent with Alex Rocha. The neighborhood where he lives just a stones throw from the airport, it’s one of the first sights you’ll see in Cartagena, but few would ever tell you to take a closer look. San Francisco has unfortunately garnered a bad reputation. Issues associated with marginalized Colombian communities— violence, drugs, prostitution—have created a stigma for the barrio. The work Alex does seeks to revitalize a part of the city so many have forgotten about.

Alex’s youth center strives to be a safe-haven for many of the kids in the area. A place where kids can learn English, music, dance, and other skills that will help them land job opportunities and break the vicious cycle of poverty and crime in the area. Michael and I got to watch some of the youth who breakdance perform on the neighborhood streets, teach in a few English classes, and play baseball and soccer at a park just down the street. I was amazed at just how many people knew Alex. Everywhere we went Alex had to stop for a few minutes to chat or laugh with someone on their doorstep. It seemed like everyday there were new faces in the Youth Center. The reach Alex is having in the community he is in is remarkable.

Unfortunately we couldn’t stay for Sunday, where Alex has Sunday school for the kids in the area. Alex told us his plans for the future were simple: continuing teaching the youth in the area valuable skills and to one day plant a church in San Francisco. 

Michael and I spent our last morning in Cartagena crammed in a little diner down the street from our hotel, the torrent of motorbikes humming outside as we sipped our last cups of Colombian coffee. Finally, we were able to begin digesting all the conversations we had, the people we met, and start thinking of what lies ahead for City Church and Colombia. We both agreed that our time in this South American beach town felt so short, but we're eager to see what being for the gospel and for the city could mean for Cartagena, Colombia.

Unreasonable Hope

Unreasonable Hope

Since we were children, my husband and I knew we each wanted to marry someone that had a desire to adopt. Fortunately, we both did and as our relationship progressed, we assumed we’d adopt after having biological children. We wanted to wait about 5 years to have any children, but after being married a little over a year, we went on a mission trip to Haiti together and fell in love with the children there. We decided to start the adoption process from Haiti straightaway.

Through a long and difficult process, we learned that to adopt a Haitian child, we had to have been married for 10 years and one of us had to be 35 years old. We were completely devastated. We were really hoping to have a child.

Soon after, we heard about a visiting sponsor program through the Florida Baptist Children’s home where one of the children on their campus would spend one weekend a month with us. Since it was too soon to adopt, we decided to sponsor a teenage girl for over a year through this program. She ended up being adopted and moving out of town. At her going away party, her caseworker mentioned that we’d be great foster parents. We talked more with her about it and it led to us being foster parents for almost 3 years. We fostered six different children (anywhere from 1 month to 4 years old!).

During this time, we were praying for Haitian law to change. We received news that it did 3 years later, when we happened to be living there, but we still did not meet the age requirement. We had moved to Haiti for 2 years and began working in orphan care. Just before we did, we were approaching 5 years of marriage, and decided to start trying for biological children. Little did we know this would be one of the hardest seasons of our marriage. After trying for a year, we saw a fertility specialist who told us that even with the most aggressive and expensive treatment, it was unlikely that we’d conceive. We had already decided that we would rather adopt another child than pay for the most expensive fertility treatment. We began letting go of the idea of ever have a biological child, but wanted to trust God for a miracle. It was so hard. I don’t know if I have ever struggled with my faith more.

I was sad. I was angry. I was heartbroken.

I often wondered what I had done wrong and if God was punishing me for earlier decisions I had made.

I began to go to a Redemption Care Group at City Church and worked through my anger and sadness in a place where I wasn’t judged or given a go-to “Christian answer”. In my Care Group, I was presented with Truth in the most loving way possible. I was specifically reminded of God as Immanuel and that he was with me even in this most difficult time. It was during that time that God started reminding me of this same truth in tangible ways. While the sadness was still there, my anger had subsided, and I was able to talk to God directly about my sadness and ask Him to help me through it. I began to pray for a miracle again, which was scary because there was three years worth of disappointment there. God reminded me that He was in control and that He could still give us a biological child, but He also may choose not to.

We recently studied Daniel in our City Group at City Church, but before that I had read Daniel 3:18 (“But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up”).

This became my verse because I knew God could perform a miracle, but I had to believe that even if he didn’t, He was still good. I had to “fake it till I made it” for a while, repeating this verse over and over again. After a month of doing so, I got the courage and faith to call another fertility specialist to get a second opinion. When I made the appointment, they asked about the last test I’d taken – and it had been a while. I kept the appointment and took a test the next day, expecting what would seem like the hundredth negative, but it wasn’t. It was positive!! I took about 12 more. They were ALL positive! God had given us a miracle!

I knew He could, but wasn’t sure if He would, but He did! I thought that would be the end of struggling to trust God, but there are many things that can go wrong throughout a pregnancy and we had some scares along the way.

My faith and trust in God has grown so deeply and Daniel 3:18 continues to give me strength each day. We just had our baby girl a few short weeks ago and we are officially in the adoption process from Haiti. So we will soon have 2 children that will be a part of our family forever and we are so grateful to God that He has given us these blessings. I used to watch baby dedications, torn apart inside, wanting a child so desperately. Now I can confidently say that this child is a miracle from God! It is really difficult, but remarkable to hope even when doctors or others say there is no point in hoping. Anything is possible with God!

June At A Glance

June At A Glance

What's happening this month at City Church: 

06.16 | City Church YPN - 5:30-7:00pm at Krewe de Gras - Register here

06.17 | Men's Event - Register online by selecting "Connect" and then "Men's Event"

06.19 | Child Dedications - For more info and to register your child, select "Ministries" and then "Kids" 

06.26 | Lord's Supper - Sunday services at 9:00am and 11:00am 

Registration is now open for Kids Camp and Youth Camp!

Kids Camp is designed for rising kindergarteners through rising 5th graders. To register your child for free, or to sign up to serve at Kids Camp, visit the "Kids" page under the "Ministries" tab. 

City Church Youth is hosting a 3-day, in town camp for middle and high school students next month! Cost is only $50, and to register your student or learn more, visit the Youth page under the "Ministries" tab. 


3 Next Steps After Easter Sunday



Thank you for joining us at Easter at the Civic Center! At City Church, we want to help you connect to the gospel, grow in your faith, and be equipped to make an impact for God, wherever you are. If you came to Easter and are now wondering where to go from here, we've got 3 simple next steps that we'd love to help you take. 

1. Follow Up. If you invited and brought someone to Easter, don't underestimate the impact a follow up conversation can have after hearing the gospel on Sunday. If you need help sharing your faith or talking about how to follow Jesus, visit the City Church "Grow" page for resources. You can also download the 3 Circles Life Conversation Guide to help you share the gospel. 

2. Get Connected. City Church wants to connect people to the gospel in a positive, engaging church environment. If you enjoyed Easter Sunday, come back again this week! We'll be celebrating our risen Savior and worshiping God together every Sunday. For service times and location, visit the main page on our website. Sunday morning at City Church is a great place to find more information about getting connected and taking a next step in your faith.

3. Keep Growing. If you made a decision in your faith or encountered Jesus at Easter, don't stop there. We have resources to help you keep growing and learn how to follow Jesus in your everyday life. Check out the "Grow" tab on our website for more information. Because we believe that growth happens best in community and through serving others, we'd love to help you connect by joining a City Group or joining one of our Serve teams. You can find more information about both of these environments on our website under "Groups" and "Serve." 

To watch a recap of Easter at the Civic Center and read notes from Pastor's Dean's message, check out our Easter Recap post on the Blog. 

Join us on Sundays at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 11:55am at our current campus at 1200 West Tharpe Street. Thank you for being a part of City Church Tallahassee! 


Easter at the Civic Center 2016 Recap

Easter at the Civic Center 2016 Recap

Thank you for joining us at Easter at the Civic Center! Here's a special recap video of the service. We'd love for you to share in the excitement using our event hashtag #TallyEaster, and join us next Sunday at 1200 West Tharpe Street as we continue celebrating that Jesus is alive! 


1. The Gospel of Mark tells us that at the site of the empty tomb, an angel tells followers of Jesus to "go, tell His disciples and Peter," that Jesus has risen. Jesus knows and calls His followers by name. 

2. Peter left everything he had, including his job as a fisherman, to follow Jesus. He had a firsthand look at the miracles Jesus performed and the life He lived. Jesus calls us to leave behind our old lives and follow Him. 

3. Peter believed who Jesus was, but something happened to Peter that caused Him to deny Jesus and any connection Peter had to Him. Our deepest pride and sin cause us to deny the truth and forsake God for ourselves. 

4. Peter never imagined he would be capable of denying Jesus, yet he found himself rejecting Jesus and claiming he was not one of Jesus's followers. Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves, and yet He died for our sin. 

5. How can Peter be counted with Jesus after denying and rejecting Him? Something shifted in Peter that caused him to move from denial, to an undeniable belief. When we personally encounter the love and grace of Christ, we cannot deny who He is. 

6. Peter could not deny what he had seen and heard from the life of Jesus. His shame, guilt, and unworthiness could not compare to Christ's undeniable love for Peter. It's often our feelings of guilt and unworthiness that keep us from coming to Christ. 

7. Peter was unworthy. But that is exactly who Jesus came for, and the reason He died. Our brokenness separated us from God, but God had a plan to redeem us and make us worthy through Christ. 

8. His death was the reason Jesus came to earth in the first place. Jesus defeated death, and now there's a blank space in the book of life for each one of us who believe in Him. 

9. Even more than the undeniable truth of Christ's resurrection, Peter could not deny that Jesus knew him, loved him, and called him friend. Adults don't become Christians because all their questions get answered...they follow Jesus when He becomes personal. 

10. We never have to wonder where we stand with someone who is willing to die for us. Jesus lived a perfect life and died for our sin, and now we cannot deny His love for us. 

Scripture References: 

Mark 16:1-8; Mark 14:30; Mark 14:66-72; Acts 4:18-20; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 20:15. 

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 21

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 21

Scripture: Mark 2:1 & 2 "A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them."

Encouragement: Wherever the undiluted truth of God's word is being preached, there we will find many gathered. In Acts 13:44, almost the whole city came to hear the word of the Lord.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to draw thousands of people to hear and be transformed by the gospel this Easter at the Civic Center. Pray that one day we will see our goal of having 10,000 people reached on a Sunday morning in Tallahassee. Pray this would put a huge dent in the lost-ness of our city.

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 20

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 20

Scripture: Exodus 17:11 & 12 "So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek revailed. But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set."

Encouragement: When we lift up our leaders, we prevail as a people.

Prayer: Pray every day for Pastor Dean that the Lord will uphold, strengthen and guide him in his assignment of leading City Church and preaching the uncompromised truth of God's word. As Dean walks out on stage and sees all the people God has gathered Easter morning, ask for divine power to preach the gospel faithfully and powerfully.

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 19

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 19

Scripture: Romans 10:14 "But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?"

Encouragement: We have such a great opportunity, privilege and responsibility to invite many lost friends and family to meet with Jesus this Easter at the Civic Center. Go after it! Maximize this opportunity! God has sovereignly placed people around you so you can move into their lives with gospel intentionality. Remember Jesus' comforting words, "And remember, I am with you always..." Doesn't that give you confidence? Jesus is with you as you reach out with the gospel. So who will you invite? Who will you pray for? Who will you tell about the resurrection of Jesus?

Prayer: Pray for a loving heart that greatly desires to see people far from God come to saving faith in Jesus. Ask God to grow your heart for the lost. Ask for wisdom and boldness for everyone in City Church in sharing our faith, inviting friends to Easter and living called, not employed.

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 18

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 18

Scripture: Proverbs 24:3 "A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding;"

Encouragement: Great works and great results stem from great wisdom; and God is the source of all wisdom. Maybe you just don't know what to do in life, in some big decision at work or how to share your faith with a co-worker? If you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5).

Prayer: Pray for God's wisdom for all our leaders and volunteers as they plan to serve at Easter at the Civic Center.

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 17

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 17

Scripture: Mark 3: 14 & 15 "He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons."

Encouragement: As we get ready to serve His Majesty during Easter at the Civic Center, we must be mindful that we can only be effective witnesses for Him when we have first cultivated the habit of spending time with the Lord daily. If you want to bring an everlasting truth to an ever-changing culture today, then 'being with Jesus' needs to be your first appointment of the day. In a sense, God is waiting for you.

Prayer: Ask the Lord for the help of the Holy Spirit for you and everyone in City Church to be consistently in prayer and in the Scriptures each day.

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 16

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 16

Scripture: Hebrew 11:6 "Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him."

Encouragement: It is impossible to please God without faith. Ultimately, saving faith is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8) and His Spirit grows our faith through interaction with His word. Romans 10:17 states, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." The more we faithfully and regularly interact with the Bible and live out our faith each day; the more we will see our faith grow.

Prayer: Pray for grace to be diligent in studying and hearing God's word. Pray for yourself and every member of City Church to crave the Bible.

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 15

#TallyEaster Prayer Guide Day 15

Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:22 "Then Samuel said: Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams."

Encouragement: God desires and demands our personal obedience to His word. Jesus taught us that if we love Him we will follow His commands. God did not send Jesus to die so we can keep on living or ourselves. We are purchased and our lives are no longer our own. We are His! Following Jesus is a full surrender to a conquering King. Let us not abuse God's grace, but instead let His grace motivate us to obediently follow Jesus into the world.

Prayer: Ask the Holy Spirit to help you and everyone at City Church grow in willing obedience to His word.