Dear Pastors, Missionaries, Chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… a verse to encourage you from Isaiah 58:11 (NLT):
"The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”
The last few weeks have been the start of spring and it’s a furious time of change, growth and transformation. However, if we don’t stop for a moment we will likely never notice any of it. Transformation and renewal can only start in our own lives when we stop, take note and get intentional.
The Prophet promises the Lord’s “guidance” (vs 11), making your life an oasis amid the dryness of daily living. Our lives can be a beautiful, colourful, tranquil and peaceful “well-watered garden” (vs 11). I hope that is what you are experiencing these days.
I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE
I need to hear from you. A single sentence is all I need from you. We are believing God for vision renewal as a movement of churches. We are in the inspection phase of the task to revise our vision as a Fellowship.
Several weeks ago I asked you to write, in a sentence, a statement that encapsulated the mission of our Fellowship. Scientists are searching for the singular universal theory of everything. Commonly called the “Unified Theory”. What is the “Unified Mission” of the Fellowship? When you think of our national and international movement; what comes to mind? What inspires us to move forward?
Some of you responded to my last email asking this same question. Here are several statements I received from you:
“To make disciples who are passionate to make more disciples who make more disciples”
“We exist to reflect God’s glory in our hearts, homes, church and world”
“Developing Reproducing Churches”
“Plant and strengthen Baptist churches worldwide”
“National helping Regions, help Associations, help Churches to win, teach and equip others to passionately follow Jesus Christ”
“To make disciples of Christ from all nations”
“Great Commission Growth”
“Equipping the Church, Exalting the Saviour, Extending the Gospel”
“Free to love, serve and make known Jesus our Lord and Saviour to the world”
I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU
I only heard from a few dozen of you last time. I would love to hear from hundreds of you. Think about our Movement as a whole. Then write a statement that captures our mission as a Movement. Pray about it, use your sanctified imagination and put your fingers to the keys of your computer and punch out 7 – 15 worlds to me today. Thanks so much!
I await to hear what the Spirit of God is leading us to collectively capture. May our Movement of churches be that “well-watered garden” (Isa 58:11) the Lord promises.
Have a blessed week,
Our Fellowship Theme Verse for 2012:
“So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him.
May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NLT)
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