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Sunday was a big day for the Wilson family – the first official meeting of City Fellowship Church.

City Fellowship is a new church, a church plant, that is meeting in downtown Jackson, Tennessee.  

Why a new church? Why a new church in Jackson, of all places?

First things first, the reason for a new church is biblical.  If you read the New Testament, you see evidence that as the gospel spreads new churches begin to congregate.  The answer is not always for existing churches to grow larger and larger and larger, but rather to grow through multiplication into new gatherings of Christ followers covenanting together as the church.

When we moved to Jackson, Beth found some demographic research that showed 281 “religious centers” exist in our little town of 75,000 people – 278 of these were identified as “Protestant.” 

How can a new church be validated when so many already exist?

To begin, categorization as “Protestant” does not necessitate that a church is truly faithful to the biblical gospel, or that it even necessarily preaches and teaches the Bible, so the number 278 is misleading to some degree.  But, even if you disregard that statistical loop hole, there is no denying that a large number of those churches have walked away from the biblical gospel and/or have failed to take seriously the churches mission to take the gospel to all peoples.

This mission to take the gospel to all peoples means that you are commissioned by God to be active in reaching your immediate community, your region, your country, and the ends of the earth.  

This mission is both a necessity and a certainty.  It will happen, the Lord will ultimately accomplish his purposes.  The reality of the mission being fulfilled is reflected in Revelation 7:9-10:

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 

Before the throne of God, there will be gathered people from every nation, tribe, and language, united in worshipping the majesty of our great savior.  The Church Universal shall gather, all Christians assembled together, when Christ returns.

The question we must ask ourselves, the question that should haunt churches in the western world, is:  “Have we been faithful to the call?”  

There is another question I have to add to this: “If I walk into your church, will it be obvious that your church is taking the gospel to all peoples?”

For most churches in our country, the answer is “no” – the answer is “we are taking the gospel to people like us.”

City Fellowship wants to play a role in changing this.  It is our hope that we would be a church who faithfully takes the gospel to all peoples, not just those who are like us.  We desire that the church local known as City Fellowship is a faithful reflection of the Church Universal in Jackson, Tennessee.

Look for us at E. Main and Royal, downtown Jackson.

Here’s what the building looks like:

  1. September 10, 2008 at 11:49 am

    That’s exciting man. We’re happy about CFC up herr in the ‘Ville.

    I would add that, though there may be a bajillion other churches in Jackson, your church may also end up ministering to the “over-churched”. You guys will be a fresh (not just because your new) expression of the gospel to those in Jackson who may have “grown” past it. Hopefully you’ll be reaching new people for Jesus, and rejuvenating tired/apathetic saints.


  2. September 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    What an encouraging post. I’m a friend of Russ Pflasterer’s and have been praying for City Fellowship regularly.

  3. leewilson7170
    September 11, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Thanks Rae, that means a great deal to all of us.

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