We have decided... • We have decided that teaching the Gospel without demonstrating the Gospel is not enough • Good preaching, good doctrine, being good people — it’s not enough • We’ve decided that having a good church club is not enough • good fellowship — it’s not enough • Just being a member of that club is not enough • We’ve decided that having good bible studies is good, but not good enough • That just making it to heaven is not our goal • That knowing about God without truly knowing and experiencing Him is meaningless • We’ve decided that having good programs is not enough • That change without transformation is intolerable • And that staying the same is not an option • We’ve decided that gifting without character is futile • We’ve decided that singing songs without worshiping is hollow • Having meetings without God showing up is pointless • We’ve decided that faith without works is not enough • Having works without love is not acceptable • Our function comes out of our relationship first, with our father and second, with each other • We have that decided that reading about the book of Acts without living the book of acts is unthinkable • We’ve decided that confident faith is good, bold faith is better • We’ve decided that hearing about the Holy Spirit without experiencing Him is silly • Believing in His presence without seeing it manifested in signs and wonders is hypocrisy • Believing in healing without seeing people healed is absurd • Believing in deliverance without people being delivered is absolutely ridiculous • We’ve decided to be Holy Spirit filled, Holy Spirit led, and Holy Spirit empowered • Anything less doesn’t work for us • We have decided to be the ones telling the stories of God’s power, not the ones hearing about God • We have decided that living saved, but not supernatural, is living below our privilege and short of what Christ died for • We have decided that we’re a battleship, not a cruise ship • An army, not an audience • Special forces, not spectators • Missionaries, not club members • We have decided to value both pioneers and settlers - pioneers to expand our territory and settlers to build on those territories • We are not squatters; people who take up space others have fought for without improving it • We have decided to be infectious instead of innocuous • Contagious instead of quarantined • Deadly instead of benign • We have decided to be radical lovers and outrageous givers • We have decided that we’re a mission station, not a museum • Therefore, we honor the past, but we don’t live in it. • We live in the present with our eyes on the future • We see past events, successes and failures as stepping stones, not stop signs • We pursue learning in order to be transformed, not learning in order to know • We are people of engagement, not observation • We focus on what could be, not what is or has been • We are not limited to the 4 walls of this building • Our influence is not restricted by location • Not even the nations are ‘out of bounds’ • We are more concerned about how many we send out into the world, • Than how many we convince to come into the building • This building is meant to be filled, and it will be but it will not be the measure of who we are, or the measure of our effectiveness • We raise up world-changers, not tour-guides • We are people of our destiny, not our history • We have decided that it’s better to fail while reaching for the impossible (that God has planned for us), than succeed in settling for less • We have decided that nothing short of His kingdom come and His will be done in our world as it is in heaven will satisfy • We have decided we will not be satisfied until our world freaks out and cries out “those who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6) • These are some of the decisions that define who we are as a community and how we live our lives • These decisions are not destinations but rather journeys - journeys along an ancient path, we’ve not found some new way but rather we’ve discovered the path as old as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - the same path followed by Moses, Joshua, Caleb, Paul, John, and Peter • A path followed by the first century church • A church that revolutionized the culture of the 1st century and beyond • It’s a path that will impact the world we live in today • It’s a path of bold faith • Believing that what God says is really true and acting on it • It’s a path of outrageous generosity • Giving our lives away in order to demonstrate his kingdom • It’s a path of radical love • Loving God with everything in us and our neighbors as ourselves • It’s a path of liberty freedom and healing • On this path, you will find significance purpose and destiny • It’s a path less traveled; however, it’s not a path only available to a select few but to whosoever will may come • It’s for people of every nation tribe and tongue • It's for those in any occupation or vocation • No matter where you are on this life journey, there’s room on this path for you. - Graham Cooke
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