We are following Jesus together for God's kingdom in our neighborhood.
When Jesus began his ministry he announced, "The time has come, the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news (or gospel)" (Mark 1:15).
The gospel isn't advice — the gospel is an announcement. Jesus announced the good news that the reign of God was breaking into a world dominated by evil, violence, and pain. God's reign had come in the person Jesus, a King who came to proclaim and demonstrate a kingdom of love, grace, and renewal.
THE GOSPEL is the good news that through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus is the reigning Lord of heaven and earth and all people are invited to live under his gracious reign.
When we say "all people," we mean ALL people. The kingdom of God is available to the burned out, the broken down, the battered, the bruised, the nobodies, the poor, the oppressed, and even to those who think they have it all together. That's good news indeed. His invitation, then, is to "Come to me" (Matthew 11:28) and to "Come follow me" (Luke 5:27) — to surrender our lives to him that we might find our life in him.
At The Neighborhood Church, we want to surrender our whole lives to Jesus. We want to be with Jesus to learn from Jesus how to live like Jesus. We want to partner with Jesus in proclaiming and demonstrating his reign in our families, our communities, and our world. We fall short, to be sure, but that's why we follow him together, believing our King loves us more than we could ever imagine.