Bridge Building

March 04, 2014 | Chris Payne

“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that, through you, others can see Christ.”  C.S. Lewis

As City Changers, we do not stand in a spotlight screaming, “Look at me!” No, as City Changers we shine a beacon to others that says, “Look to Christ!“
 

Bridge Building 

This past weekend at New Charlotte Church we continued our conversation together about being a church of City Changers. We have a dream to Give the new life of Jesus to our City! 
 
Part 1 of City Changers was dedicated to the question, “Why Change the City?” 
Listen here.
Past 2 of City Changers was all about “Where We Change the City” 
 
The Bottom Line for this week’s sermon is: City Changers build bridges where they are, to Reach people were they are.
 
I talked this weekend about the story of John Roebling – google him to find out more. Mr. Roebling had a dream (vision) for a bridge that would connect the growing cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge would be the longest suspension bridge in the world (at the time, by 50%), spanning 1,600 feet over the East River. Mr. Roebling began to design the bridge in 1864, the bridge was finally completed in 1883. John Roebling never saw his design completed, he died from an accident sustained during its construction.
Washington Roebling (John’s son) and Emily Roebling (John’s daughter-in-law) competed the bridge.
 
When asked what was required to see the Brooklyn Bridge to completion, Emily Roebling answered succinctly:
 
1. A Dream 
2. A Dedication to see it through 
 
City Changers build bridges. We connect People to the Gospel of Grace. 
Jesus was the ultimate bridge builder (John 14:6). And now, we build upon His work (Acts 20:24; I Corinthians 3:10-11)  where we are (I Corinthians 7:17).
 
All City Changers need a Dream (the Gospel of Grace) and a Dedication (Bridge building to people).
 
So, this week, Build Bridges where you are, to Reach people where they are.
 
Take a listen to the full sermon here.