Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God xmust believe that he exists and xthat he rewards those who seek him.

Romans 4:16 16For this reason [it is] by faith, in order that [it may be] in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 

  • Out of relationship with God came burning vision - 

  • not the vision of a man, but God's vision

  • Not a vision that was based on thier resource or ability

  • Not a vision that was centered in their current need or circumstance

  • Not a vision that was limited to one generation

  • Not a vision that they would even necessarily see come to pass in their life time.

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  • This is what Jesus meant when he said “God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones

  • The descendants of Abraham are not only of His Blood - but of His Faith - men and women who carry the DNA of belief in a God who justifies the ungodly

    • So Abraham is our Father

    • Father Abraham had MANY sons - I am one of them and so are you!

17(as it is written, "A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU") in the presence of Him whom he believed, [even] God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.

What is Gods desire for this place and this people?  What is Gods burning vision for your life and your community, and what part is yours to play?

the story of my guitar

 

Proclamation - People - Presence

A Church:

Where the presence of God is Valued above all other things

Where the presence of God is everywhere all the time

Where God is manifest in full glory - In miracles, signs and wonders

and

In the character of each man woman and child

Where every person in the church is ruined with love for Jesus

worship starts long before the first note is played and does

not end with the last

Worship is a lifestyle not just an activity

The Word of God is cherished pursued, delicious

Prayer is like breathing

Evangelism is effortless

Relationship with Jesus IS life and everything else is boring and

empty

Where, because of the cross, there is:

freedom 

vulnerability 

passion

Insecurity is banished

Shame is forgotten

Where grace is not just for "me" but for everyone and it doesn’t

end at salvation but saturates every moment

No struggles with sin

When the Spirit speaks we listen immediately and respond

That makes the world jealous never ashamed

Where lost people feel at home and welcome never judged

Where the church is so on fire that they are talking to everyone

all the time about this beautiful God

Where generosity is the rule not the exception

Where men and women of a God feel safe enough to dream

dangerous dreams

Where we honestly feel like nothing is impossible

Where we destroy the works of the enemy

Where we set wrong things right

Where we go into the earth:

As the pardon of God

As hope incarnate

The defenders of the hurting

Healers of the broken

Lifters of the fallen

Where every generation feels :

at home

Honored

Valuable 

Like they have ownership 

Heard

Accepted

Fed and taken care of

Trained, released and supported to live up to all their potential

This is my dream and I believe God’s dream over FCC

 

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