Jesus said “it is to my father’s glory that you bear much fruit.” He desires us to be fruitful in our everyday lives. To make a difference outside the walls of the church, to change lives and impact a world around us with His love. To be a church that really cares, really loves, and a church where people… they really matter.
We as a people are in a time and season where our entire world is covered with substitutions, counterfeit everything. A watching world, though it may not believe in the one who created them, are created with a void to only be filled with the awareness and knowing of God. They are not looking for another event, show or entertainment, but authentic encounters with the God that created them in His own image. As “Iron Sharpens Iron” they spur each other on in growth and a walk with God. We are to no longer simply be a “Christian” but more than that, a “Follower” of Christ. A community that is creating fruit bearers, teaching one to lead every member a minister, and the priesthood of all believers. It is recognizing every man and women’s desire to be used of God. A village that will raise the children and teach them in the way they should go. Friends who will hold their friends accountable and women who will journey with other women. A fellowship of believers that believe in healing, and of the deliverance of the oppressed and tormented. Teaching our children that our God is not a God of history alone, but a God of now.
There now is a need for followers that will wake the sleeping church, people that are missing the rest of the story. The people that do not realize that salvation is simply the beginning, however the beginning of a new life. A life of victory in the midst of trials, healing in the midst of sickness. Teaching them to “Live in Faith” daily. The “Living Faith,” is faith that leads us to an expectancy of God that will show up in our everyday life! It must lead us to daily show the mercy, grace, love, and forgiveness of God that heals, delivers, and saves. Giving us the boldness to display God and his Son Jesus to a watching world through signs and wonders, the gospel, not simply preached but displayed. There is an element of the Jesus of the New Testament as followers gather together in a setting of fellowship, intimacy, and breaking bread. This is the model that replicates the Church of Acts, the first century church, and is replicatable today. Jesus said, “it is to my father’s glory that you bare much fruit.” Our mission to create fruit bearing disciples, rise up and equip leaders, and send them out to plant and replicate fellowships. It is not that we simply create more followers but our call is to rise up followers to continue the work of carrying the gospel into the entire world.
Pastor David Moore