Welcome back to The City Blog! Stories of Lives Changed is a series highlighting the tangible power of God within our church family. God is moving in a mighty way and we want to share it with the world… one story at a time.
Your love isn’t tested by what you gained but by what you have left!
Jonathan and Beatrice Henry
“Joining the City Creative team as husband and wife was the perfect way to not only give service to the Lord but to support each other in using our talents for a Kingdom purpose”
“We initially decided to come to City of Truth as a family just to serve God and fellowship together as one unit. After visiting we felt led to join the City Creative team together, which we did. Joining the City Creative team as husband and wife was the perfect way to not only give service to the Lord but to support each other in using our talents for a Kingdom purpose. We are proud to be part of an awesome community of creative Christian individuals and we are excited to see how God continues to grow the church and our family as a whole.”
“My spirit was being fed in a way it had never experienced and I was hungry for more.”
“I know God is real & my life will never be the same. I came to this church not knowing that the church was exactly what I was needing. When I first visited City of Truth I was a member of a traditional church. At this point church was feeling very routine, I had spiritual questions that needed answers and I was at this place of asking God where I needed to be in life because my current situation couldn’t possibly be my final destination! In the midst of my chaotic life, myself and my boyfriend at the time were invited to this church by mutual friends. I was open to the idea but I had never really visited another church unless it was with family. We visited and I remember my friend saying “oh man Pastor would be gone when we invite someone”! Me being me, I was going to give whoever got up there a chance. I remember Lady J coming to the stage and preaching on the clay pot and being broken vessels and she used real clay plots on stage to demonstrate. It was like she was speaking in a way that grabbed my attention and able to engage me in a way no Pastor had before.
After visiting a couple more times I finally got to hear Pastor AD3 preach and between the praise team evoking emotions I never felt at church and stirring up my spirit to Pastors powerfully engaging delivery of the word, returning to my church home just did not feel the same. My spirit was being fed in a way it had never experienced and I was hungry for more. During this time I was experiencing a lot of big life transitions all at once. I was transitioning jobs, my relationship of about 4 years was in the ring taking its final blows while I was struggling with my transition into adulthood after graduating college and still unclear of my purpose.
Pastors delivery of the word became nourishment to my spirit and it wasn’t long before I took a leap of faith and told my grandmother I found a new Church home. When I first started attending City of Truth I came alone. Socially awkward and all I would Walk up up to the doors, anxiety on 10, and be greeted with so much love as I entered the doors.The darkness during praise and worship made it easier for me to take in God’s presence in the place. I remember I would look around in the dark and compare my worship experience and remember my spirit feeling at home. I finally felt I was in a place I belonged. The people looked like me, we didn’t have to dress up or put on a façade, we could come truly as we were.
Now I am an active member of City of Truth and I help with the City Creative and I love it. My brother is now an active member as well and I have other family members that visit the City too.
Ultimately I have found a new home and a place where I fit in and belong. I feel my gifts can be used, my spirit is always filled & I know I’m in good hands. I thank God for sending me to this place of comfort, peace and edifying teaching in a time where I was lost and broken. I am forever grateful!”
The Cost of Being a Disciple
A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:25-26 New Living Translation (NLT)
Thank you for reading. It is our prayer that each story shared will move you closer to Christ and encourage you to see the goodness of God in your own life. You can keep up with The City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Until next time! ✌🏽