about&vision

ABOUT: WHY WE ARE HERE

 

Where does the title “outside the city gate” come from?

 

This is partly about Jesus suffering outside the gates and if anyone has been Christian long enough, they know about suffering at the hands of His own people. We also know of rebuke, reproach, cancer, shunning, ridicule, mean-spirited-ness, theology badgering, and condemnation. But here is where we are picking ourselves up and getting about the Father’s business. We’re looking for a community to get about this business with us.

 

Jesus suffered outside the gate for us. That old cross was on a hill far from the city. So we join Him, but, Blessed, there is also a price to pay for being near the Cross. Reproach. Painful as it is and we have felt those thorns plenty of times, reproach is the hardest. And we do not deny how forsaken this place feels to us. Yet. As much as we know this passes there is still a little blood shed, a little {or a-heaping-lot of} rejection, because being outside the city gates to follow Him to a cross, ain’t cheap. So we turn that bitter cry and we let it grow like fruit from our lips as we exchange pain for sacrifices of praise. We don’t deny the process, we just encourage one another to do good to one another and to share.

 

“Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.  But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:12-16

 

OUR VISION: WHY WE KEEP GOING

 

We see this place as being church too. This is where His Body comes, one and all, both genders welcomed, to gently connect so we can create a safe community for others. We seek to listen and encourage each other with graceful conversations.

 

We are not building idols, or celebrities, or human platforms, or numbers, or followers. We are building a community of communities around the platform of the cross.

 

Outside the gates of local community, folks may not have an outlet for their God-given talents, gifts, or voices. This is what we’re looking to change, to make room for others. In essence, when we share those God-given things, we are contributing to the edification of the Bride by letting the parts move and function.

 

We want to collaborate on layers so multi-faceted that it will take a community of communities to do it.

 

Consider this a connecting of the dots, a pool of talents and peoples who are the church, because where 2 or 3 are gathered…..

 

In essence, we are a circle of circles with grass roots sprouting from the Kingdom.

 

~~from the folks of Outside the City Gate {<—-click there to read a bit of our stories}

 

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