This morning in my quiet time my mind will not let go of this one thought, this one question that Alan Hirsch has challenged us all with, "We need to be asking the question: If our church were to disappear tomorrow would anyone in the community miss us?"
For us in Reliance, this is a deep matter. How do you establish a church that grows and is so healthy that the community will lean upon it. Will come to look at it as a place of refuge. Will know it as a center of love. Will see it as a beacon of hope. It would become unfathomable to think of it not existing and if anything did happen to it, the community would feel it had suffered a deep loss.
I am more convinced now than ever before that God is not leading us to build another building in St. Pete or to gather the saints that already exist. Abigail Van Buren said, "A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints." I feel this is the truth. And it leads direction to my thoughts. I wish I could add that I know exactly how everything is going to flow in the next several months and that we will make no mistakes but I know that is not true. What I do know is that God has called us to plant a church in Fl and that it is His desire for it to be modeled His way and not the worlds way. "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35. It is my pray, our pray, that God might use us to greatly impact our new coming community in a great way for Him. To help build and live out Authentic Life Through Christ! Please join us in that prayer!-----------------Danny
I had to share this great thought that Danny had.... As I Daily stress about the move and job and house, ect. , I know that God is in this and he will take care of all the little things. Truly though they seem big to me, those are little things, and loving others and the ministry, well that is much bigger than me and God is faithful, his promises are true and I claim those promises and that hope. I look to him, our strong tower and know that he will supply all our needs!!!!!