Knowing how easy it is for a church family to become focused on who is already there instead of who is still coming, we were looking for a name that would always remind us of who we are as a church and why. A name that says, “We exist for the people of Spokane.” We wanted a name that honored the past, engaged in the present, and painted a picture of a future in Christ.
The city of Spokane gets its name from the Native American tribe, the Spokane, which means “children of the sun.” Just as Jesus stepped out of Heaven and became one of us to help people far from God to know Him and become like Him, so we are going to become part of a community that already exists. With that in mind, it is only fitting to us that our name is drawn from the original identity of the Spokane people.
Secondly, the name Sun City Church speaks of the calling we feel in our spirits from God to embark on this work of starting a new church. The commission that God gave Abraham so many thousands of years ago has been fresh on our hearts as we leave family and friends to start a new church:
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance… Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God. Hebrews 11:8,10
We aren’t setting out just to build another building to have church in. Our work is to come alongside God in constructing a spiritual city; one whose impact will touch individuals, families, and whole communities.
Finally, as we step into this divine work, we remember that we are only one piece of the Church of God that will eventually make up the prophetic picture of the heavenly city we see in Revelation 21:22-24, “I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory.” It is our heart that Spokane, the “children of the sun”, will become a part of that great city whose sun will be the glorious Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Pulling from the past, embracing the present call of God, and looking into the future, Sun City Church is a prophetic name of redemption, transformation, and promise.