In Ephesians, Paul describes the gospel as a mystery. Part of the mystery is how gospel is such a unifying power. The gospel of Jesus is the same good news for different ethnicities, different economic classes, different genders. In another of his letters, Paul goes so far as to say, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3.28).
Paul even says that this glorious, manifold wisdom of God is made known through the church. In other words, the local church is at the center of God’s plan to see a new, united community – a community that’s not united by cultural distinctives, but instead by the broken body and shed blood of his Son. A community of people who would otherwise never gather, united by faith in his Son: that makes visible God’s manifold wisdom.
That’s why we describe New City as a cross-cultural church. We want to cross cultural boundaries with the good news of the gospel, praying that God would draw men, women, and children to Himself and find a family in this local church. As people are gripped by Christ and his gospel, we find a deeper kind of unity than education or race or economics or clothing styles or anything else could ever achieve. The broken body and shed blood of Christ is all that is needed to forge unbreakable, cross-cultural community at the local level. And that’s the kind of local church we pray God will build at New City.