….I would not use the adjective “well” but they certainly seem to be very much alive. I have heard some suggest today that the seeker movement is dead but I have not seen any such signs of numerical decline. In our small city of 26k the local seeker church is planting satellite campuses all over the area and beyond (see note below).
How should we 9 Marks, Shepherd’s Fellowship, Bible-centered churches respond to such ‘progress’? Let’s keep on keeping on (2 Tim 2:15, 2 Tim 4:1-5). The following two sermons are most encouraging and are highly recommended:
E-note from Keith Boyer
GIANTS … At our iGNITE event this past Sunday evening we announced the upcoming launch of three new campuses and their campus pastors …
Vancouver, WA…Sept 18th, 2011…
Winnebago, IL…Sept 18th, 2011…
Genoa, IL…January 2011…
We also announced that Josh and Kim Mauney have transitioned and will be planting a church in Lexington, KY early next year. Jon (and Brittany) Neal was installed as the new Campus Pastor in Morrison.
In addition to that, as a result of the vote on the purchase of a facility for a Freeport Dream Center passing by 92%, we will be making an offer on an ideal piece of property in the ideal location for this type of ministry within the next week.
By God’s leading and grace, we’re taking more land … land that God has promised. Similar to the Israelites, as they went in to take possession of the promised land, there were giants to be faced and defeated. As part of our calling to take the land, we become “giant killers” along the way. Giant killers have a different spirit … a spirit of faith. That’s what sets them apart. When facing giant challenges and/or opposition, they say, “We can do this!”
Like David, their confidence is in the Lord, not in their own skill, talent, ability or genius. Our confidence in the Lord increases as we reflect on who God is and what He has done. (1 SAM. 17) This week’s challenge … make two lists. On one, list new ‘land’ God wants you to be a part of possessing. Second, make a list of all God has done for you in the past. After all, God’s faithfulness in the past, gives us faith for the future! Let’s take the land, for we can surely do it!