Wednesday, November 17, 2010

the church's strength

Romans 15:6 NLT
Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I'm passionate about this.  In the past few months I have begun to see and share how much stronger we are when we join together to serve others.  Our church's are stronger when we join with each other to serve our community.  In fact, I believe as The Community Dream Center, what we are founding in the coming months, strength will be the various Christians and churches that lock arms and energy to work together.  The church's strength is in what we share.  It is all about Jesus.

The things that divide us need to be set aside, and it is time to see needs and meet them.  By joining together we will find that we have more energy, more resources, more passion and just plain more ability given by God to see His kingdom grow and lives changed by Him.  Do you agree?

I had the opportunity to attend an event this week in Hampton, Virginia that is bringing churches together in that community and in other communities around the nation.  It is called "Christ Together" and is seeing many communities come to Christ and serve thousands of more people have their needs met.  That is real strength given by God.  Here are some thoughts from that event:

--- a missional church is one that believe the people of God can partner with God in His redemptive mission in the world.  We can do this more and more.

--- as the people of God, we are blessed.  We have been blessed so we can bless others!

--- we are called out so that we can be sent back into the world.  If we are just called out, we do everything we can to help the institution of the church, but when we are sent back, we do what God intends the church to do ... be light to the world.

--- the church fixing itself is not the answer.  Church is not the point.  It is not how we can do church better.  It is how can we reach more people for Jesus.

--- the church, the people of God, are already deployed into the world and across the culture.  As leaders, we are called to help each of us be the church out in the world so people see and come to Jesus.

I have so much more, but it will have to wait till late.  That is awesome stuff.  Yet I ask you, will you join with our church or with other churches and Christians around you to see God's kingdom grow?

Matthew 13:43 NLT
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father's Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

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