Watching a 5 year vision come to fruition is very overwhelming and emotional. This is what we experienced Sunday June 25 as we gathered at our new location Midland Station Coffee Co. It was a great night of worship, fellowship, and teaching. Our group is a picture of what Jesus does with people who come to the end of themselves and finally trust Him in every area of life.
Sola City Church had its first monthly gathering in Lakewood Baptist Church’s “Unplugged” space in May. This was a great night where we met many new people, saw the fruit of Jesus using us in building relationships in our city, and a time where we gathered around the Word answering the question “What is the Gospel?” Last Sunday night was the second monthly gathering as we sought to build off of the foundation that was laid in May.
We started the night with Matthew 16:16 (This is where we will start all our gatherings over the summer) for we see that upon the confession that “Jesus is Lord”, Jesus himself will build His church. It is kind of freeing to think of this: that God is not looking for us to perform but to gaze in wonder at Him. So, we started here to try and rid ourselves of any works righteousness we may have been bringing into the night.
We continued with worship. If you were there, you would have quickly realized how blessed we are with a very talented and gifted worship team. Below is a link to our Worship set on Spotify:
Lion and the Lamb – Bethel
Give Thanks to God – Housefires
Crowns – Hillsong
Forever – Bethel
One of the dear brothers in our group, Esaias Perry, also shared during the night. As we talked shortly about Sola City’s Mission Statement, Esaias shared about how He and his family is working out this mission in their individual lives as well as their family as a whole. Matthew and Ashley Walls followed Esaias by discussing how they have been blessed by the community in our church, being made more like Jesus through healthy and Gospel-centered relationships.
We concluded the night by discussing and answering the question “Who Are We Now?”, the second of three questions in our Theological Vision that seek to provide clarity for our members on how we do ministry as a church. Here we discussed, through the lens of Acts 2:42-47, what our identity is as a church as we believe in the Gospel.
What Jesus has done to this point is nothing short of supernatural. He is pouring our His Spirit in a beautiful way, and we believe that this is only the beginning of what He has in store for us in Gainesville.
Maybe you can pray about how you can be a part.