decades-long hindrances that won’t be easy to shake.
We’re fully aware that there is a ‘narrow’ road which few will find — and a ‘broad’ road that many will take.
We’re fully aware that we are called to ‘take up our cross DAILY and follow Christ’ — and that it isn’t even the ‘taking up your cross’ part that is so tough -it’s the ‘daily’ part.
But we’re also aware that Christ said you would have to ‘become like a little child in order to enter the Kingdom’.
We’re aware that Jesus Himself said that His yoke was ‘easy’ and His burden was ‘light.’
We’re aware that James told the leaders gathered in Jerusalem that “we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are coming to Christ” – that is, by adding extra rules, fences and boundaries that Jesus Himself didn’t add.(Acts 15:19)
And so, our prayer and direction and hope is that everyone who calls Journey Church ‘home’ would live in such a way that people would notice the way we live and by observing us they would find it easier to find God and experience Him, by our example.(Ephesians 4:1)
A church full of grace for those who are searching; that would go to any lengths to tell a person that God loves them.
A church rich in compassion; willing to open their personal circles to once strangers and watch what the power of love and acceptance can do.
A church that prays forcefully and worships passionately; that fully depends on the Holy Spirit.
A church that lives effortlessly in harmony and unity.
A church that understands sacrifice; that pays the necessary price to see God’s Kingdom come.
A church so big in influence that it cannot be ignored, it’s a Church that won’t be defined merely by it’s buildings.
A church that embraces the next generation; willing to pour the Living Water out of vessels they have never drank from.
A church that looks forward, not backward – not to things that are seen, but to things that are unseen.
A church that is forever and always outward-focused, with a heart for those walking toward eternities separated from Christ.
While most churches will have the same general ‘mission’ and same general ‘purposes’, because those things are already given to us in Scripture, our church ‘values’ may be quite different from the church down the road.
A church grace-filled for those who are searching and who will ultimately respond to the call of salvation with repentance, and go to any lengths to tell a person that God loves them.
A church rich in compassion for those in difficult and hurting situations and is willing to open their personal circles to once strangers & watch what the power of love and acceptance can do.
Dependent on the Holy Spirit
A church that prays forcefully, worships passionately, and is fully dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit.
A church that embraces reconciliation & justice, that lives effortlessly in harmony and unity.
A church that understands that the way of Christianity is the way of sacrifice and is wiling to pay the necessary price to see God’s Kingdom come.
A church of influence – so big in influence that the cities cannot ignore it – a church that won’t be defined merely by its buildings.
The Next Generation
A church that embraces the next generation and is willing to pour the Living Water out of vessels they’ve never drank from, realizing the Gospel will take many shapes, and not just the ones we are comfortable with.