WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?

Jesus

Around the world, the cross is one of the most widely recognized symbols of Christianity. As early as the second century AD, followers of Jesus the Christ began to display the cross as a memorial to His execution. But considering the horrific, painful, and humiliating nature of this historic event one must ask why. How did a symbol of death become so revered by millions of people? Therein is the crux of the cross. The story of Jesus did not end on those rough wooden beams on a hill outside the city of Jerusalem, but rather His story was just beginning. Come let us share that story with you.

ABOUT OUR CHURCH

Sunday Gathering at 11:00 a.m.

Our Leadership

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Steve Gauthier grew up in Greater Portland, and spent many years going to school, playing, and working in this great city. He has been a Christian for 20 years and recently attended a small Midwestern seminary and completed an MA English Bible degree in 2016. He is currently bi-vocational, simultaneously serving as the pastor of Portland City Church and working at a local timberland brokerage and consulting firm. Steve, his wife Susan and their four teenaged children live on the Portland peninsula.

Portland Maine is located in the southern coastal region of the state, covering an area of just over 50 square miles. The city’s population is approximately 65,000, with Greater Portland (including several abutting towns) estimates near 230,000. The historical, economic, and cultural center of the city is found on a 2.7 square mile peninsula of land that juts out in to scenic Casco Bay.

Though small in stature, the city is a cosmopolitan mix of people from

all nations and all walks of life.

On a meandering stroll around the peninsula you are likely to meet young urban hipsters, 3rd generation commercial fishermen, an immigrant family from East Africa, a group of attorneys out for a midday jog, or a student from the local art school snapping pictures of some of Portland’s spectacular architecture. “Foodiest Small Town in America,” “Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods,” “Best Places to Raise Children,” and “Most Livable Cities” are among the many accolades that Portland has racked up in recent years. Here are a few of our favorite sources to find out about all things Portland….

LiveWorkPortland.org  •  PortlandMaine.com  •  VisitPortland.com

Rome, Corinth, Antioch, Ephesus, Athens….these are just a handful of ancient cities located in the Mediterranean Region which were very important and influential cultural, economic, social, spiritual, and philosophical centers of the day. It was here, and in cities like these throughout the region, that the seeds of Christianity were planted in the first century AD. The leader of this great missionary endeavor was the apostle Paul, and his methodology was quite simple. He went into the largest city of the region, preached the message of Christ, made disciples, and then planted churches in that city….and many of the Christians stayed there, and lived there, and worked there, and built relationships there.

By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted…” Proverbs 11:11a 

If you were to ask a random selection of people on the street how they would define the word “church” most would respond that it is a place, with an address, with a building – all of which are certainly true in many cases. Yet the English word that most closely resembles the true meaning of “church” as used in the Bible is assembly…gathering…community – all of which imply a common unity within the group. As Christians, that common bond that we share is our individual identity and collective unity as followers of Jesus the Christ. Think through this with us. In consideration of this fuller definition, which has more staying power – the body or the building, the people or the place? We are the church. We don’t go to church. We invite you to join us.

OUR MISSION

Proclaiming truth.

What is truth? How can I find truth? How will I know truth when I see it? Does truth demand error? Here at Portland City Church, we believe that truth is both attainable and accessible because God has revealed it to us. That divine revelation comes in the form of 66 sacred books, of various literary genres, written over a period of approximately 1500 years, by nearly 40 inspired authors in 3 languages. We know this collection more commonly as the Holy Bible, or simply the Scriptures. Herein is truth – truth about beginnings and endings, good and evil, joy and suffering, peace and anxiety. Truth about humanity, truth about God, truth about eternity, truth about relationships, truth about forgiveness…. Let us share some of this truth with you.

Demonstrating love.

You know the old saying, “actions speak louder than words.” Well we still think words are important, especially truthful ones, but they must be backed up by actions. People must both hear our love and see our love in order for it to have maximum impact. And what does that love look like, or more precisely what should that love look like? Love is patient, kind, selfless, healing, trustworthy, compassionate, unconditional, and tolerant. But at the same time, sometimes love must gently confront, rebuke, and correct. As Christians our role model is Jesus, who in his life, death, and resurrection embodied and demonstrated love in a way that had maximum impact. That kind of love changed lives…and it still can.

Fostering renewal.

Change takes time; often a long time. At Portland City Church we love seeing lives change, albeit sometimes slowly, as a result of the truth of the Scriptures and unlimited love being poured in to people. When we think foster, we think nurture, cultivate, care for -which is what we seek to do as people get a fresh start in life. It is a big investment but we are in it for the long haul. One of the keys to successful and lasting renewal is purposed discipleship – an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. We would love to walk with you.

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