Metro Church is a values-driven community. Members of Metro Church embrace a particular set of values that are central to all members in the community; these core values make up the “spiritual DNA” of the church.
A life transformed by the Gospel restores both the nonbeliever and the believer to the love of God through the character and sacrificial work of Jesus. It renews us “inside-out”, from a works-based religion or an identity-seeking life apart from religion—to a life based on the grace of God. The Gospel changes everything—the individual, the community, the city, the world.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: “The Centrality of the Gospel (article)”, The Prodigal God, Counterfeit Gods, andThe Reason for God by Dr. Timothy Keller, and The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges.
How does lasting change happen? You grow into the likeness and character of Jesus, and into the heart and will of God, through a healthy, maturing Gospel-centered community. The Gospel transforms us—from a self-reliant individual, to one who embraces and pursues change in the context of deep relationships—this cultivates change in the community itself.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: The Walk by Stephen Smallman, and The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne.
Although many people avoid the dangers of association with “city” lifestyles, the Gospel draws you closer to the mission of Jesus—often represented by a desire to practically demonstrate the Gospel in places of need. Today’s urban “centers” are globalized and post-modern, but deeply in need of God’s mercy proclaimed and displayed. A sacrificial love for the city is a significant part of God’s Kingdom agenda.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: The City of God by Saint Augustine, The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark, A Prayer for the City by Buzz Bissinger, Edge City by Joel Garreau, and The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs.
Metro Church desires to reach out to the “creative class” of urbanized professionals in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. A large part of the church’s vision is to renew, train, and mobilize the “creative class” as true “leaders” of the City of Philadelphia.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: Bobos (Bourgeois-Bohemians) in Paradise by David Brooks, The Future of Success by Robert Reich, and Return to the Little Kingdom by Michael Moritz.
One local church cannot address the tremendous needs of a city by itself. Similarly, God’s Kingdom is not confined to one local church or people group. Intimate local partnerships within the city, however, empower many to “plug in” to a movement of grace for the sake of the Gospel—creating an “alternate city within the city”.
Suggested reading for greater clarity and definition: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, Built to Last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall, and Great by Choice by Jim Collins, The Redeemer Church Planter Manual by Dr. Timothy Keller and J.A. Thompson (Redeemer Presbyterian Church), and Generous Justice by Dr. Timothy Keller.