We kicked off the year with a vision to Multiply by fulfilling the greatest mission on the face of the planet to ‘make disciples who make disciples’. Our Celebration of Servanthood series with Ps. David Cape took us to the streets one night for a ‘Spontaneous Encounters of Goodness’ outreach where we went out simply to be a blessing to others.
In February, the Joshua Zone Young Adults Leadership Team went away to a holiday home in Oubos where we had a great time doing Survivor challenges, pizza competitions, bonfire worship on the beach. I shared the heart around the Multiply Movement by Francis Chan and David Platt and also what I felt the Lord was stirring in me for the year, namely;
Simplify and cut out all the stuff that burdens us as we focus on what God is calling us to. It helps to focus on the vision, mission and strategy of the local church that you have been positioned in. For us that was among other themes an emphasis on serving and missions.
We need to commit ourselves to a culture of devotion and learning, a culture of prayer, fasting and worship and of a balanced lifestyle of health and fitness. Healthy things grow and it is only when we get our discipline and devotion right that we will see the fruit of multiplication and the seed we sow.
SOW MORE SEED
We need to sow more seed and ‘be a bringer’ – invite friends to church and to small group and have a culture of reaching out, inclusivity and discipleship. Sow the word of God, sow seeds of love, peace, joy, prayer and of the Holy Spirit. We will never multiply unless we sow more of the right seed…
And if we don’t get it right then we need to continue to ask the Holy Spirit to empower us for next year, as we sow more of the seed that God supplies, and to trust the Lord of the Harvest to grow and multiply it.
‘He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.’ 2 Corinthians 9:10
There’s a poem that somebody sent me that carries the heart of our church for 2014 as we draw people into our circles to experience the celebration, the party and the victorious life we have in Jesus Christ.
POEM by Edwin Markham
He drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, a rebel. A thing to flout
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
Churches grow larger, deeper, broader, warmer and stronger as we magnify Christ, as we be on His mission, as we draw people into His family, help them to become like Him and to serve His purpose on the earth. The greatest mission ever continues in 2014…