Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you-unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
- 1 Corinthians 15:1-5
Good news for Dublin
The gospel is the good news that Jesus has defeated sin, death, and evil through his own death and resurrection and is making all things new, even us. We exist to make this news known in Dublin and beyond.
The Gospel Creates Community
"We love because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19). God always takes the initiative. The gospel is the good news of God’s love, which creates a new, loving community. City Church only exists because “he first loved us.”
The Gospel shapes who we are
All of our hopes and desires, our identity and purpose are realised in and centred upon the truth of the gospel. The gospel fills us with joy and wonder, it is the continual answer to our fear and shame, our anxieties and our brokenness.
We believe in proclaiming the Gospel
The gospel is news to be proclaimed and therefore we have a high regard for the place of preaching. We fervently believe that any true culture change in our city will begin with a movement of the gospel, by the Spirit of God.
"The pastors are not afraid to explore every aspect of the Bible. During our time at City we discovered that it is more than a book of moral lessons but a rich and relevant story. Kieron and Mark never dumb things down but challenge us to think differently and explore new ideas... Even uncomfortable truths. City Church Dublin has made a significant impact on our marriage, how we think about God and how we relate to other people." (Zach and Erica)
We were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:8
A loving community
Our love for the gospel fills us with a love for people. City is a messy group of ordinary men, women and children, committed to love one another as Jesus has loved us. This means we’re deliberate about sharing our lives, carrying each others burdens and celebrating our joys. The word 'family' is often used to describe being part of City. We prize the sense of belonging that brings despite our many differences!
A Gospel Community
The gospel transforms people, their hearts, homes, workplaces and gospel change is something we experience together, it’s a community project. We're passionate about people experiencing a biblical, vibrant knowledge of the living God in community with others.
A Serving Community
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ." (1 Corinthians 12:12) We are a body where each serves the other in a distinct and complimentary way. Making coffee, leading a gathering, teaching, welcoming with a smile, playing music, helping with City kids, etc. Serving is both an expression of and a means to our Christian maturity.
"I joined City when I moved to Dublin for college. I was wary at first of new people and strange surroundings but the atmosphere was relaxed and I soon felt part of the community. I was surprised how easily I was able to talk to them about my faith. That was something I was not used to doing at all. Now my second year with City has passed, my faith has strengthened and I feel better able to explore what it means to be a Christian." (Dan)
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on it’s behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
- Jeremiah 29:7
We are committed to Dublin
We love Dublin city in all of its beauty and brokenness. Our purpose is to enrich the city and not just take from it, to engage rather than escape. Our gatherings are not a place of retreat but a recharging of outward looking people and a place of welcome for city dwellers whatever their convictions may be.
Reassuringly similar and yet intriguingly different
Much of what we do is reassuringly ordinary! Approachable people, living normal lives, together. We want new comers to have a sense of the familiar in the way we talk in our gatherings and interact with one another in community. Yet we are being transformed by an extraordinary God. The gospel is intriguingly different and valuing Jesus above all else changes what we love, how we work, why we create and even how we suffer.
Seeking the good of Dublin
We are seeking the wider good and cultural transformation of Dublin by being creative, neighbourly and compassionate people. We desire to see people live faithfully as Christians in whatever sphere of work they find themselves and equip them to live and work with integrity, diligence and passion. Additionally, we actively seek partnerships with organisations who seek to bless the city through arts and creativity as well as those who work to alleviate suffering and bring hope to those in dark places.