Summary: #1 in a series. God is pouring out a whole new level of city-wide cooperation amongst churches and church leaders. Prayer-Care-Share is a concentrated effort focusing on "Building Bridges to our Community"...loving our communities to Christ.
This is a very special day! This is a very unique day!
A special day @ Father’s House. A special day here in Cedar Rapids. A special day for all of us in Christ. A special day for Jesus.
So what makes this day so very special & unique?
Let me answer that question by starting with God’s Word.
The GREAT COMMISSION
Mt 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The GREAT COMMANDMENT
Jn 17:20-23 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
TWO powerful statements from Jesus’ lips.
A Commission & Commandment that has been with the church for 2,000 years... but not yet fully fulfilled.
Do you believe that God can fulfill these two powerful desires of Jesus? Did you ever stop to think that YOU might be living in the day when it might fully happen?
Did you ever stop to think that YOU might participate in being a part of the SPECIFIC ANSWER to Jesus’ TWO GREATEST DESIRES?
That His CHURCH would GO TO ALL NATIONS?
That His CHURCH would work together AS ONE?
That may sound outlandish to think that YOU could be an answer to Jesus’ desires...His prayers...BUT DON’T LAUGH...it might be more possible than you might think!
Today (January 22nd, 2006) in Cedar Rapids, over 30 churches are uniting together under ONE CAUSE, ONE PURPOSE.
We believe that it takes a CITY-WIDE CHURCH to REACH an entire city.
Cedar Rapids has become a pilot-city with Mission America to see what might happen if a number of churches actually work together to fulfill Jesus’ GREAT COMMISSION and Jesus’ GREAT COMMANDMENT in Linn County.
We’ve had city-wide prayer & agreement in the past, but today that agreement & cooperation goes further than it ever has before.
TODAY, in all these churches you see listed (plus many more) we are choosing as pastors to pull our ministries together for ONE specific purpose of: PRAYER. CARE. SHARE. Building Bridges in Linn County. Loving our Community to Christ.
(see brochure) @ www.crvineyard.org/prayercareshare.htm
We fully believe that there are some things the church does better TOGETHER than when we try to do something by ourselves.
We believe when it comes to BUILDING BRIDGES of Christ’s LOVE in Linn County...LOVING our Communities to Jesus...we can do this better together!
We also believe that we can only fulfill Jesus’ GREAT COMMISSION and GREAT COMMANDMENT by bathing all of our efforts in PRAYER.