Posts Tagged ‘adventure’

Yesterday we had our first planning meeting for Agape Community Church. We took our first steps together in a great adventure. I can’t wait to see what God will do next! I reflected today on a parable that Jesus told his followers, and I was very encouraged. I hope the King’s words will encourage you also – this is what he said:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31,32)

Dialogue Café

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Church Start-Up
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close-upWe are actively working on launching other Dialogue Café groups. God is working in the hearts of people and preparing them for investing in other people… more at Agape Community Church.

Milestone

Posted: November 5, 2014 in Church Start-Up
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We’ve reached a milestone in our church planting adventure, and it reached down to the core of our DNA…

After a year of thinking about it, we have selected a name for our church.

The name is…

(Oh, why restate everything, here is the announcement)

loveJust like military leaders in combat, spiritual leaders must know and accept their mission. This is difficult because we tend to focus on “secondary missions,” which are usually more tangible. Secondary missions are important things like running a business, serving in church, loving your family, or leading a small group. The danger is that secondary missions can become idolatry when not kept in proper relationship to the primary mission: loving God and loving our neighbor. When the mission is properly understood, spiritual leaders give themselves to God in all things – the business, the church, the family, the small group, or any other noble endeavor.

[Reflect on how Joanna, the wife of Chuza, may have understood the mission. What secondary missions could she have had?]

With SwordReflection #3: Spiritual leaders will face opposition.

Scripture tells us that we are at war against “powers and principalities.” So, not only do we constantly face spiritual situations but we are operating in a spiritual war zone. Moses, Elijah, and King David recognized spiritual reality and exercised leadership in their context. Their leadership was intentional, spectacular, and visible. But they are not the only spiritual leaders in the Scripture. Joanna (the wife of Chuza), Joseph of Aremathea, and the Good Samaritan maneuvered well their physical/spiritual context and exercised spiritual leadership in practical ways.