Summary: A generosity initiative that will enable us to cooperate with God in achieving the vision to make a greater impact for Him; to push back the darkness faster & better.
In every contest, there comes a turning point; something that changes the momentum and even the outcome of the game.
We are at that place right now at Rush Creek. With all that God has done in and through us in the past, He has a new and more impactful challenge than any time in the past.
Unleashed: a 2 year generosity initiative that will enable us to cooperate with God in achieving the vision to make a greater impact for Him; to push back the darkness faster & better.
Don’t make Unleashed just about money. It’s about generosity: being generous with God with our time, with our talents, and with our treasure. Generosity is a way of life; study after study shows that the happiest people on earth are those who live a lifestyle of generosity. And so Unleashed is a journey that will increase our inner joy and our outward impact for Jesus.
Unleashed is about each of us taking our (on tablet) surrender to a new level, our faith to a new level, and our generosity to a new level so that we can push back the darkness faster/better
There is a lot of darkness out there. In the Bible, darkness is a metaphor for evil, ignorance, and lostness. Jesus flat out said in John 8:12, ““I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
Jesus said those who don’t know Him and follow Him live in darkness; in lostness. Let’s talk about what lostness means. It means being separated from the One who loves you the most. Living each day without knowing the Lover of your soul; without knowing your purpose in life; without knowing the peace that passes understanding. An existence that will eventually give way to an eternity separated from all that is good. Hell is a place where there is no joy, no peace, no love, no good; only emptiness and despair and pain and suffering for all of eternity. Anybody here want that for ANYONE? I hope not.
Do you know Darkness: (build) Out of approximately 7.5 Billion people on earth, 5.3 Billion live in darkness worldwide. (boy in India, man in London, neighbor) 2 Billion have no gospel witness. (N.Korea; Saudia Arabia; Stans in Eurasia) 260 Million live in darkness in the U.S. 5000-7000 churches are closing their doors each year
90% of American churches have plateaued and/or are dying
Do these statistics bother you? They should. Each statistic is a person; a real person. Each percentage tells a story of advancing darkness. As Christ-followers, we have a responsibility to step up and push back the darkness faster and better.
This is why Jesus said in Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus was talking about an unleashing of the gospel locally and globally, wasn’t He? And He was inviting us to join Him in pushing back the darkness by participating in the Unleashing.
I want you to notice that When the gospel is UNLEASHED: (build)