“MAKING IT EASY TO FIND AND EXPERIENCE GOD”
Now we’re fully aware that it won’t be easy for everyone — there are things that hold people down — things that get in the way of them and God —
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)
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.
Praying, fasting, giving, singing, kneeling, bowing, meditating, journaling, sacrificing, and doing all those things that ascribe worth to God. Romans 12:1-2 – “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will ”
Using our gifts for the church and the world. Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Becoming involved in small group life and meaningful friendships. Acts 2:42, 44 – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” “All the believers were together and had everything in common.”
Praying for doors of opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus with everyone we see. Ephesians 1:17, 18 – “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,”
We do not cater to personal preference because we are not here exclusively for us. We exist for the world. We will do anything short of sin to reach people who do not know Christ.
We all walk a journey that is messy. We choose to love everybody when they least expect it and least deserve it, because that is what Jesus did for us.
We are made in the image of the Ultimate Creator, so we create as He inspires. We consistently push toward excellence, turning imaginative ideas into reality.
We will be attentive to the constantly shifting culture and needs around us. Our methods will always change; God remains the same.
We do not just shake hands, we extend a hand and invite people to share life. We accept, encourage, and love unconditionally. We are family.