Vision Week Day 1

The Church I See

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Vision week. One of the most exciting weeks of the year for 29:11. A time in our 29:11 community that we celebrate where we have come from and where we are going. This amazing church family was started to bring this powerful scripture that Jeremiah wrote thousands of years ago to LIFE. Just as Jeremiah encouraged God’s children who were struggling to figure life’s journey these words still ring true true for us today. God has a PLAN for your life. For all of our lives! God has given us HOPE to see that PLAN unfold through a relationship with Jesus, God’s son. And, He has promised us an amazing FUTURE as we walk with Him on the journey of life.

Where did the vision for 29:11 church start? In the back seat of a van in Ghana, Africa. It was a late, dark night and I was sifting through thoughts of how badly this world we lived in needed the love of God to breakthrough the toughest of places. After nearly 24 years of full-time ministry, started dreaming about a church that didn’t use walls or laws to establish God’s hope and help. But, a living breathing church that was living out it’s call through the hearts and lives of people. Tired of religion. Tired of politics. Tired of the fight for power…these words started to spoken inside my head. I grabbed a piece of paper and tried to write them down as fast as I could. 

This is what I felt the Holy Spirit writing inside of me. This is where the 29:11 foundation began…

 

The 29:11 Church I See -

I see a church -

That is full of relentless love, grace and power.

Unrestrictive.

Not full of people with personal motives. Filled with people who love to serve.

Where there is no fear to be who you were created to be.

That celebrates the human heart.
That leads with humility and confidence rather than insecurity and pride.

I see a church that is ALIVE - with laughter.

With tears.
With Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Faithfulness and Self - Control functioning through it. 

I see a church where - WORSHIP is at the center.

Where the power of the Holy Spirit isn't held back by – Time. Schedules.
Boring routines or service orders.

Where creativity is used to see the power of God not the power of man. 

This is the church I see.

Where every -
Color and diversity...are welcome.
Where differences are celebrated rather than diminished.

I see a church where the next generation
is WELCOMED, CELEBRATED and put into places of LEADERSHIP.

This is the church I see.

Large.
Bountiful.
Moving beyond borders and limitations.

Moving...forward.
This is the church I see.

I see a church of...
COMMUNITY.
CREATIVITY.
FIGHTING SOCIAL INJUSTICE – ACTIVITY.

I see a 29:11 church.

 

What is the church that you see? What part are you willing to play to see it come to LIFE?

Take some time this week to reflect on all that God has done in your life while being a part of the 29:11 journey. Not so we get the glory, but that He does! Let's encourage one another, share about with friends and celebrate what is happening day to day in hearts and lives. 

Pastor Mark:)