Vision/Mission/Reaching out

27 04 2008

As promised these are my thoughts regarding our churches focus right now…

Vision – to reach Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth

Mission – to reach people for Christ and grow believers to be like him

The means – the body of Christ, the church

How?

– by using a building God gave us almost two years ago – to pay down the debt…and to allow for counseling – that helps the hurting, the discouraged, the confused…to reach kiddos who have so much energy and who have incredible potential and the life groups that I have found to be a essential part of my life the last four and half years (which is another entry all unto itself – share that story on May 2 – which outside of my birth is the biggest day of my life!)

– by using regionals to reach out to the unchurched, the hurting, the people who won’t drive to the main campus because they live 20+ minutes away!  Way to go – OP and the Speedway!

– by taking time out of our schedule to go feed the homeless, to provide school supplies to those who can’t, to come along side those people who are in a crisis pregnancy .

– and finally to allow those who have a heart for missions to go to the ends of the earth – Thailand, Mexico, South Africa, and finally, India.   Thanks to all those who go!

That is the mission and vision of our church.  My only wish is that we did not have to use 80% for the building.  I wish we could get this debt paid down as soon as possible with gazelle intensity so we can be about the business of God – to love people as God would love them….I wish I had MORE money to give to this campaign – it is worth my one and only life. 

As a side note, I loved today’s service.  It showed the creativity, the originality of the people at the church.  I applaud them.  WAY TO GO!  My prayer is that I see more of this – not things taken from other churches – God gave us way to gifted people in our midst to do that – it’s not a knock on the other churches and taking ideas from them but I believe in my heart that we can develop them into our own.  The best days are ahead of this church.





Coming to Kansas City

22 04 2008

and if you want to learn a lot more…

 

 





God of this City…

17 04 2008

One of the songs that I am listening to a lot right now.

 

 

God of This City by Chris Tomlin (from God of this City)

 

 

 

You’re the God of this city
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You AreFor there is no one like our God
There is no one like our God
Greater things have yet to come
Greater things are still to be done
In this city
Greater things are still to come
And greater things are still to be done here

You’re the Lord of Creation
The Creator of all things
You’re the King above all Kings
You Are

You’re the strength in our weakness
You’re the love to the broken
You’re the joy in the sadness
You Are

Greater things have yet to come
Greater things are still to be done
In this city
Where glory shines from hearts alive
With praise for you and love for you
In this city

Greater things have yet to come
Greater things are still to be done
In this city
Greater things are still to come
And greater things are still to be done here
 

 

 

 

It makes me think – there is  a lot to be done in this city – nothing will happen apart from prayer…

Lord, open my eyes, open my heart, open my mind to all that you desire – Let me have on my heart what is on your heart.  Let me love the unlovely.  Let me lay down my dreams, my desires so your kingdom can advance.  I give you all – change this heart so I know you more fully.

I will return to the discipleship series soon…but my heart was moved by this…





The Kind of Person God uses…

16 04 2008

Not my thoughts – from Disciples are Made Not Born by Walter A. Henrichsen

“Make Disciples” is the mandate of the Master (MT 28:18-20).  We may ignore it, but we cannot evade it. – My own question – do we/I think discipleship is just the “leaders” job or do we as it states here – it is to be done by every believer through mentorship, through small groups, etc. 

What qualifies one as a faithful man (II Tim 2:2)?

  1.  He has adopted as his objective in life the same objective God sets forth in Scripture (Mt 6:33 – his righteousness and kingdom)
  2. He is willing to pay any price to have the will of God fulfilled in his life (II Tim 2:3-4 – willing to endure hardship – not distracted by the world – possessions, is there anything between you and God – “all that you hold dear to yourself – your family, your health, your dreams, your aspirations and goals – must be held with an open hand.  He must be free to do with you and take from you as He pleases”.
  3. They has a love for the Word of God – am I growing in the Word?  Am I hungry for it?  Do I crave it?  –
  4.  They have a servant’s heart – The disciple-maker seeks to invest his life in another to help that person accomplish his own vision.(Matthew 20:26-28 )
  5. They  put no confidence in the flesh. (II Cor 1:9 and Romans 7:18 )
  6. They do not have an independent spirit – there is no room for if it isn’t done my way then it won’t get done.
  7. They have a love for people – “to be like God to love people, because God loves people.” The faitful person has a love for people. –
  8. They do not allow to become trappe in bitterness – the root of bitterness can come through  a competitive spirit, a breakdown in communications between you and fellow Christians, or from feeling that you have gotten a raw deal.  Faithful Christians guard their hearts well in this critical area. (Hebrews 12:15)
  9.  They have learned to discipline his life.  – Am I willing to give up anything to grow closer to Christ?  I Cor 9:24-27).

Part 1 of a many day series about discipleship that I have been learning through the last three years..





What I have learned the last year…

12 04 2008

One year ago this weekend the church I attend fell into crisis…these are some little and big things that I have learned the last year.

  • God is in control…he knows what is going on
  • God is faithful even in the broken lives of his children (If we endure hardship, we will reign with him,if we deny him, he will deny us, if we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.” II Tim 2:12-13)
  • God can use anything he wishes to allow people to come to him…
  • That without a pastor sharing vision that discouragement will set in –  “Without vision people perish”- PROVERBS 29:18
  • Learned that spiritual leadership is critically important and messages that allows non-Christians to be reached yet to grow people to be like him is just as important.  That the heart of the people within that church is more important than any single message series or any program – PEOPLE OVER PROGRAMS! That God cares about the very hairs on your head – “And the very hairs on your head are all numbrered” – MT 10:30
  • That Glenn’s words a few years ago rings true – that discouragement will set in, that we need to remember that we can not see all the fruit that the church is growing, that disccouragement is natural, but it is a season of life and when we feel discouraged we should not give up…”So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.  At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” GAL 6:9
  • My prayer – that we find a lead teaching pastor that will teach the Word of God in an original way using his God-given creativity to lead this body of believers and to cast a God-given vision to the body so I can be excited to see what God will do at the church!

Have I felt like leaving?  Yes, especially lately, but I left a church before and promised that I would not leave a church on preferences but only on principle.  Is it my preference that the volume of the worship music to be turned down a hair, YES!  Is it my preference that the message series and messages be original?  YES… Is it my preference that we be more updated on things going on within the church? YES   Has this church broken any principles the last year? No

I have a lot to share and will share my convictions on discipleship…what God has been teaching me lately during the next week…





Psalm 34 – Life stinks but God is near…

5 04 2008

 

A comfort to me right now…Life stinks but God is near…

Psalm 34

 1 I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise.

 2 I live and breathe God;
   if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:

 3 Join me in spreading the news;
   together let’s get the word out.

 4 God met me more than halfway,
   he freed me from my anxious fears.

 5 Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
   Never hide your feelings from him.

 6 When I was desperate, I called out,
   and God got me out of a tight spot.

 7 God‘s angel sets up a circle
   of protection around us while we pray.

 8 Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
         how good God is.
   Blessed are you who run to him.

 9 Worship God if you want the best;
   worship opens doors to all his goodness.

 10 Young lions on the prowl get hungry,
   but God-seekers are full of God.

 11 Come, children, listen closely;
   I’ll give you a lesson in God worship.

 12 Who out there has a lust for life?
   Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?

 13 Guard your tongue from profanity,
   and no more lying through your teeth.

 14 Turn your back on sin; do something good.
   Embrace peace—don’t let it get away!

 15 God keeps an eye on his friends,
   his ears pick up every moan and groan.

 16 God won’t put up with rebels;
   he’ll cull them from the pack.

 17 Is anyone crying for help? God is listening,
   ready to rescue you.

 18 If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
   if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.

 19 Disciples so often get into trouble;
   still, God is there every time.

 20 He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone;
   not even a finger gets broken.

 21 The wicked commit slow suicide;
   they waste their lives hating the good.

 22 God pays for each slave’s freedom;
   no one who runs to him loses out.