The Florida Street Community Center
Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes- Isaiah 58:12
The Gospel Intertwined
Isaiah 58 is one part of the Bible that is driving the Florida Street Community Center. Isaiah 58 paints a beautiful picture of what happens when the gospel intertwines with the fabric of a community and then produces fruit.
In verses 6-12, God describes what true fasting looks like and what it truly looks like to be His people. He says, “Is this not the fast I that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” (58:6). God tells His people to “pour themselves out for the hungry.” He says that He will guide His people as they pour themselves out in their communities, as they shine His light in the darkness of the world. Verse 12 says this: “And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundation of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in” (ESV).
The NLT Bible translates verse 12 like this: “Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.”
Rebuilding and restoring is what the gospel is about, it’s what being a Christian is about. The gospel is not something meant to be lived on Sunday mornings only. Christians are not meant to shut ourselves up in our churches once a week without ever stepping into the community around us. As crazy as it is, God’s plan to redeem the world is by working through the people He saves. He wants to work in and through His people in the communities they live and work in. He wants to rebuild people and cities by using other people.
We believe that the Florida Street building is one way we can bring the gospel into our community here in Clinton. We believe God has gifted us with this building for the purpose of reaching the people in our community with the gospel in practical ways. The hope and mission of the Florida Street Community Center is to make the gospel tangible through building relationships, providing opportunities for community members to develop life skills needed to break the cycle of poverty, and bringing our community together through the arts and recreational activities.
Heritage Fellowship currently meets for our Sunday gathering in the old Florida Street Elementary School. The Florida Street Elementary School building is a historical building in Clinton. Recently, however, it has been sitting deserted. But, we believe it has the potential to be reclaimed and used as a tool to proclaim the gospel in Clinton. Of course, the building is simply a tool God has given us. The building itself will simply serve as a tool we can use to point others to Jesus. Of course, that happens on Sunday mornings. But God has given the elders at Heritage another vision for the Florida Street building.
Our hope is to turn the Florida Street building into the Florida Street Community Center. Ultimately, we believe God will use this community center as a way for us to point people to Jesus, so they can find their hope in Him. The Florida Street Community Center will be an opportunity for us to live the gospel out in Clinton and see God transform the lives of the people who live here.
Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 AM
600 E. Florida Street
Clinton, S.C. 29325