Friday, May 22, 2009

what we are about

This Sunday begins a series at The Community about our vision.  So, I thought I'd give you just some thoughts, some background, some heart, some passion, some of who we are and what we are about.  You get the point, I am sure.  This is my passion.  Plain and simple.  Read on and join us if your heart beats as mine does!

Why The Community Fellowship was birthed:

We exist to exalt God, influence others and encourage one another.  Exalting God is all about worshipping Him since everything is about Him.  Influencing others is evangelism and planting the Word of God by seeing that people accept Christ and that churches are planted where they are needed.  Encouraging one another suggests that unity come by being family in every way we can dream as we are members together because Jesus made a huge difference in our lives.  

2 statements that define us are:

The church is to be most CREATIVE institution on earth because we have the GREATEST message to share. 

We are to get the ATTENTION of our community and while we have their attention, tell them about JESUS.

John 3:16-17 (nlt) --- For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

One of the things that we have talked about and talked about is the fact the being a part of a church, whether The Community or another church, carries more responsibility than most people are willing to deal with.  As one of my mentors, Herb Hodges, often said: God didn't save us to make us passive pew potatoes that simple sit, soak and sour (although I met many Christians like that).  God called us to be involved in ministry, to make a difference in the people we meet and do all of that to share the love of God.  That is why this is our mission statement:

demonstrating the love of GOD to our community

Not easy, but it is right.  It is our calling.  It is why we are here and what we are about.  Over the next couple of weeks, we will talk about things that are at the heart of this church and at the core of who I am.  God has called us to see that lives are changed, one at a time.  Along with meeting needs, my job is to ...

Ephesians 4:12 (nlt) --- Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

One last thought: the greatest days of the church are ahead of us.  Not behind us.  Get on board.  Find a place where you can serve, plug in and let God work in and through your life.  That is what we are about.

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