Spring break is here and it is 30 something degrees outside. I thought the whole idea of Spring break was to get a break from winter. Anyways, I will have to make the best of this week. In spite of the freezing temperatures I am fired up about what God is going to do North of Kansas City in the community of Smithville in the Spring and Summer of 2011. Things are about to get hot!!
I want to first start off by thanking everyone who has worked so hard over the past few months at North Lake to get us where we are at today. We couldn’t have done it without you. God brought together people from all walks of life, and created a force to be reckoned with.
For centuries churches have had their rituals, and sacred practices, and for many of them that is what fuels their very being. What once was created to worship God eventually becomes an idol (God) in which takes precedence over the true purpose of the church.
Many times when we talk about holding on to insignificant practices we tend to reference traditional churches, but I started thinking about all the methodologies of many of the churches that are proclaiming to be cutting edge. Continue reading →
What’s going on people! Man it has been crazy the last 8 weeks. I have been on the mission field of church planting North of Kansas City for the last 8 weeks, and God has been doing some awesome things. I just wanted to take a bit, and in an unorthodox fashion just pour out some of the things that are running through my head. These are in absolutely no order.
1. Church Planting is hard work!! If you are contemplating planting a church, you better check yourself. It may seem like the cool thing to do, but I promise you that if you are not CALLED you will fail, and fail miserably. Continue reading →
Today is the first day that I have even been able to sit down, and do a little bit of work on the ol’ PC since my transition to church planting. I don’t have an office set-up yet so I have been working at the local McD’s, but hopefully come the first of the week we will have a central hub/office for North Lake Church.
This has been a great change of pace. Over the past few months I have become so content in ministry. Nice office, nice church, nice group of people, and I found myself too comfortable with where I was at. It wasn’t until I started reading Steven Furtick’s book “Sun Stand Still”, that I started realizing that I was sick of settling for great when I can experience God’s best. I have stepped out in faith, and loving every miniute of it. The McDonalds saying “I’m loving It” doesn’t even decsribe the excitement, and adventue that I am experiencing right now.
The worst part about being on a spiritual high is knowing that there are some spiritual lows that are going to effect me just as powerful. It is important that as I begin this adventure that I am reminded that this is a whole new ball game. Not only am I on a different team, there are different rules, different opponents, different strategies, different rivals, but the same old adversary. It is like going from playing baseball to football.
The most important thing is that I am spiritually equiped for this (Ephesians 6). Time to strap up the helmet, put on the shoulder pads, and lace up the cleats. It’s Game Time!!
You have to take the initiative to be initiative. You rarely ever have a natural desire to be initiative.
Most hidden passage of scripture for Church Leadership: Galatians 2:1-10
It is time to Move (after 14 years), Initiate God given vision. v.1
Bring others with you (Barnabas and Titus) v.1
Go because of Vision/Revelation v.2
Proclaim the Gospel/God’s Vision v.2
There will always be false brothers/believers/followers/staff v.4 – Purpose is to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ. Try to catch you slipping up, and enslave you to
Never give in to false brothers, not even for a moment, so that the truth of the Gospel will be promoted. v.5
You cannot be partial even to those who seem to be (LEADERS) influential. (What they were makes no difference to me; God show no partiality) Theses people add nothing to you, your ministry, and your vision. v.6
Feed the Vision, Grow the Vision, Share the Vision, Communicate the Vision, Initiate the Vision.
When you are faithful to God’s vision, He will put pillars (faithful men) in your life to support you. v.9
I have never been so haunted by such a scripture as Joshua 24, and I will share a little more in detail here in a little bit, but the command in this passage has plagued my mind for going on a year now.
Choose this Day – Whom You Will Serve.
I came across this passage earlier in the year during a quiet time, and then Brandon preached this passage during his Journey through the Word Series, and it also happened to be the theme of this year’s church camp.
Everywhere I went this passage followed. God has a way of getting his message across one way or another, and I believe it is something we all need to hear.
Joshua 24:14-15 Read/Pray Choose this Day – Whom you will serve.
The Sunday School answer quickly comes to our minds, “of course we choose to serve God”, but have you weighed the consequences of serving God? We are so quick to say, “Yes, I will serve God”, without any thought of what is required of us in order to serve God.
In Order for us to serve God the Scripture clearly tells us that we must: