A church that is socially, culturally and racially diverse.
A church that has a profound influence upon the city.
A church of 1000 active ministers of reconciliation.
A church that touches heaven and impacts earth.
A church where Jesus gets the credit, because Jesus provides the power.
A church of people not seeking recognition but instead a revolution.
A church that feeds the hungry and clothes the naked.
A church that makes welfare obsolete in it's jurisdiction.
A church that places a high value upon the widow and the fatherless.
A church doers of the Word and not just hearers only.
A church of holiness and not hype.
A church of joy and not judgement.
A church of faith and not fear.
A church of triumph, not tradition.
A church of praise and not pretense.
A church prospering and not impoverished.
A church that equips.
A church that empowers.
A church that looks beyond the four walls of a building and instead upon
the walls of men's hearts.
A church ready for the return of Jesus Christ our King.
These are some of the characteristics of the church that I feel that God
is desiring to establish in our city.
A week ago Wednesday, I began a series of messages relating to five
questions that must be asked before the end of the year 2000.
1. Do I have the right attitude towards money?
2. Do I have the utterance to make boldly known the mystery of the Gospel.
The third question in this series of messages is birthed out of something
that I believe the Holy Spirit dropped in my heart (7) years ago and has
continued to bring revelation and refinement in relationship to this
The third question that needs to be asked before the end of the year 2000
Are we networking?
When Mother Teresa, of Calcutta, was still alive she told the story of a
time when a knock came at her door in the wee hours of the mourning. A man
told her of a family of eight who had not eaten a meal in days. She
quickly rose and filled a sack with rice and went to the house. She said
that when she entered, the faces of the children told the story. They were
not faces of sorrow or anger- but their deep set eyes and swollen stomachs
communicated the ache of hunger. She handed the mother the rice and
instead of immediately preparing a meal for her family, she instead
carefully divided it into two equal portions and walked out the door with
one of the portions. When she arrived back, Mother Teresa asked her where
she had gone. Her response was, my neighbors are hungry also.
In a day and age where the term "networking" is thrown about as a way to
obtain business "contacts" or a means in which to advance ones own
position or ideology; the term has been stolen from the church and has
become lost to it's purest definition.
net-work (netwurk) n. [[NET1 + WORK]] 1 any arrangement or fabric of
parallel wires, threads, etc. crossed at regular intervals by others
fastened to them.2 a group, system, etc. of interconnected or cooperating
How many of you are connected to the internet. One of the primary useages
of the internet was for the distribution of information between colleges